With the worst of the winter weather behind us now is an ideal time to think about gutter cleaning.
Over the winter, leaves, moss and other debris build up in gutters which, if left unchecked, can create blockages.
When gutters become blocked, it prevents rainwater from being carried away properly from your property. The water instead finds alternative ways of escaping the guttering, and it can often seep into or run your down brickwork.
Water damage caused by blocked gutters can occur quickly, especially in periods of heavy rainfall. The cost of fixing water damage can run into hundreds, if not thousands of pounds. However, by simply cleaning and maintaining your guttering annually you can easily avoid any expensive, unnecessary bills.
Gutter Cleaning Service
At PureTech, we provide a quick and simple gutter cleaning service to homes and businesses across Nottingham. Our specialist high-performance gutter cleaning vacs have a reach of nearly 50 feet meaning we can clear most gutters from ground level. This removes the need for ladders and scaffolding and allows us to complete the job quickly and effectively.
We realise that some people prefer to carry out these sorts of tasks themselves and so we’ve compiled a gutter cleaning ‘How To’ guide below;
Ideally, it’s always best to have someone hold the bottom of your ladders to ensure they don’t slip. Practically, this may not always be possible, and so it’s very important to position your ladders at the correct angle and also ensure the ground they are stood on is secure.
The Right Equipment
Gutter clearing is not just a case of nipping up some ladders and pulling the odd leaf out. If you’ve not had them cleaned for a few years or you live near trees that drop their leaves, then the build-up can be significant. However, with the correct equipment, you can still make light work of the job.
Firstly you’ll need to safely attach a bucket to the top of your ladders. This is where you’ll be putting all the gutter debris. Next, a gutter scoop is used to remove as much of the build-up as possible. Once the larger pieces have been removed you can use a hose to flush away anything that remains.
Cleaning out gutters can be a dirty job, and so it’s best to take sensible measures for protecting your hands and eyes. Gloves are essential as you could be dealing with broken roof tiles plus all manner of other unpleasantness.
It’s also advisable to wear eye protection. This may sound unnecessary but consider the fact that you’ll be 20 feet in the air and losing your balance at that height because something has flicked in your eye is unlikely to end well.