Gutter Cleaning Tips For Fall

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Fall is just around the corner, and for those of you without K-Guard gutters, that means that it is time to get started on yet another round of seasonal gutter maintenance.

Ideally, your gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, but you may need to clean them more if you have trees within 10 to 20 feet of the exterior walls and roof. Although it might be tempting to procrastinate on this, doing so puts your house at risk for serious water damage. Since time is of the essence, use these gutter cleaning tips to get rooftop drainage systems ready for fall.

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Gutter cleaning requires potentially dangerous activities such as climbing on a ladder and getting up on the roof. If possible, work with a partner. Even if all they do is hold the ladder still, you have that extra bit of a safety net. Many people have trouble with heights, and having someone there to ensure your safety can make the whole process smoother and less nerve-wracking.

Practice Ladder Safety

Gutter cleaning is not for people who are afraid of heights, and a sturdy ladder is one of your most important tools. Start by choosing a ladder that has non-skid bottoms on the legs so that it does not slip. Also, you should always inspect your ladder for defects before you begin to climb. As you choose one, keep in mind that it may need to be moved multiple times as you work around the perimeter of the roof. Look for a sturdy, reliable ladder that is also easily portable.

Dress For the Job

As with any household maintenance task, you need to wear the appropriate clothing and safety gear. Be sure to find a quality pair of gloves that are waterproof and made from a scratch-resistant material to protect your hands from cuts. Then, put on a pair of goggles to protect your eyes from potential splashes from bacteria-laden clogs as you spray out the gutters. You should also wear a comfortable pair of rubber-soled shoes to reduce your chances of slipping off of the ladder or roof.

Remove All of the Debris From Your Roof

Cleaning out the gutters is pointless if you leave behind leaves and dirt on the roof. This debris can pile up and fall into your gutters the next time it rains or snows. Therefore, you should begin the cleaning process by using a broom to sweep away any debris that is not in the gutters. As you do, try to sweep hard enough to push the leaves over the gutter system. Then, you can rake them from the ground later or gather them in a bag.

Pull Out Big Clogs By Hand

Once you’ve removed the surface debris from the roof, you are ready to begin cleaning the actual gutters. You can use a special scooper to remove large chunks of debris from the gutter, or you can use your gloved hand. As you remove the clogs, put them into a bucket or other type of container so that you have an easier time cleaning up afterward. You should also be cautious as you clean these clogs because they often havens for rodents, birds, and insects that use the materials for nests.

Spray Out the Gutters

Clearing the clogs out by hand first helps to make sure that you do not inadvertently spray large chunks of debris down the gutters and into the downspouts. Therefore, you must make sure that all of the big debris is completely clear before you move to this step. To spray out the gutters, you can use a power washing tool, or you can just grab your pressure sprayer that attaches to the garden hose.

Keep an Eye Out For Damage

The process of cleaning out the gutters makes it possible for you to get a closer look at the roof and gutter system. Keep an eye out for signs of damage that need closer attention such as cracks between the seams of older gutter systems or areas where the gutters have become detached from the roof. You might also spot signs of a malfunctioning gutter system while you are cleaning them out such as seeing water stains from spillovers caused by clogs or pooling water where it should naturally flow down.

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After the main gutters are clean, your final step is to make sure that there are not any clogs in the downspout. If you’ve seen large amounts of debris in the gutters, then you can easily assume that it has worked its way to the downspout as well. Typically, you can give it a good tap or two to get clogs to fall down with the force of gravity. However, more serious clogs may require you to take apart the downspout and use special tools to get them out.

Upgrade to K-Guard

Cleaning out gutters is hazardous and exhausting work, and older gutters may require you to clean them out more often due to issues such as bends in the seam that collect more debris. Fortunately, K-Guard leaf free gutter systems are an option that allows you to ditch this annoying part of your fall home maintenance routine. These patented systems have special covers that keep leaves out of the gutters while allowing the rain to flow into specially-designed slots that wash it down the downspouts so that clogs become a thing of the past.

This year, stop dreading the monumental task of cleaning your gutters by upgrading to K-Guard. Give us a call today!

Gearing Up For Fall Leaves

By | Gutter

gutter guard leaves-767515_1280-300x225 To be honest, whenever fall approached, the biggest concern on my mind was figuring out how best to keep the leaves off my lush, green lawn. But recently, I was introduced to the polymer qualities of K-guard gutter guards. I haven’t looked back ever since. And despite the fact that the Fall has me so busy with leaf racking duty, I’m just happy my gutters aren’t blocked at the start of summer. At K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, gearing up for fall leaves is like setting a cat among the pigeons: they just don’t stick around long enough to find out what will happen next.

Before and After

I don’t know about you, but when I look at deteriorated gutters from 10-20 years ago, they seem ornamental and lack any apparent usefulness. They’re prone to leaf clogging and rotting and, with the passage of time, hardly fulfill the purpose they were made for, which is to channel away rainwater. Before, steel was the purpose-built material for such sturdy and permanent structures. But today, a polymer is the safe middle ground: strong as steel and flexible enough for fatigue-free, lightweight structures. Not only do they literally go against the grain, but they also ensure that gutter maintenance becomes a thing of the past.

Are you a new homeowner looking to safeguard your immovable asset for future heirs, preferably your children? Are you worried that the current condition of your property may not last the test of time? Well, at K-guard you can do that, and more! Replacing downspouts and clogged gutters is something we take pride in, especially the fact that it will be the last time you ever need to do so.

Racking your front yard or backyard may be a natural consequence of leaves sliding gently off your advanced, polymer roof, but your compost will be better off for it. That way you can accumulate all that manure for the garden instead of for the gutter!

Simplify Home Maintenance With Leaf-Free Gutters

By | Gutter, Tips

gutter guard leavesimg-300x206 Cleaning gutters is a home maintenance task that virtually all property owners complete on a regular basis. Many consumers are unaware, however, that this chore can be completed in a hassle-free manner, which ultimately saves both time and money for the homeowner.

Preventing Damage From Clogged Gutters

Traditional, open-top gutter systems allow twigs, pine needles, leaves and other debris to coagulate and subsequently create a clog in the system. Clogged gutters result in the backup of water. This water, in turn, eventually makes its way to undesirable locations, leading to damage in various areas of the home, including the roof, foundation, interior ceilings and wood siding.

An unobstructed water trough solves this problem and prevents such damage, as it allows water to flow away from the dwelling in a fast and unobstructed manner, while simultaneously preventing the buildup of debris within the system. This type of gutter is often referred to as a “leaf free gutter,” and K-Guard Gutters are one of the best options available in this category.

Advantages of K-Guard Gutters

K-Guard gutters were designed to prevent clogs and simplify cleaning for essentially any homeowner. With a five inch capacity, they easily outshine their competition and have become one of the most popular brands on today’s market. This is because this deep capacity provides a way for water to drain almost twice as fast as is seen with traditional gutters.

Additionally, the downspout of a K-Guard gutter is three quarters of an inch in width, which makes it easy for rain water to flow through the system, flushing out leaves and debris along the way. With this innovative system, the low-maintenance gutters remain cleaner for longer periods of time than their conventional counterparts. This ultimately means less aggravation for the homeowner. Any consumer whose goal is hassle-free home maintenance should consider investing in easy-to-clean, K-Guard leaf free gutters. Contact K-Guard today.