If there is one thing we are certain of, living in the UK means guaranteed rainfall. When it comes to maintaining our homes, guttering is one of those necessities for our homes. All of the rain clears any the debris from our roofs, and sends it straight into the gutter as a perfect drain outlet. Without guttering, your home could be subject to leaks, flooding, and water damage. But just like any other household system, proper maintenance is required regularly for your gutters.
When it comes down to clearing out the blockage from your gutters and drains, it can quickly become a very complicated chore to take on. It is best to ensure you have all of the right tools and equipment, as well as knowing exactly the best way to go about it before starting your gutter cleaning.
First, you will need to make sure you own or can borrow a very sturdy ladder that has the right height to reach your gutters. You must make sure the ladder has a flat and level ground to be placed on before starting, to avoid any risk of falling or the ladder giving out, or shifting during use. Make sure you never stand on the top two rungs of the ladder.
It is very important you are correctly dressed for the clearing as well to protect your health and safety. Proper work gloves will ensure that any sharp screws, nails, metal or any sharp screws, nails, metal or any other objects can not harm your hands while clearing the gutters. Safety glasses are optional to protect your eyes from any other debris in the air during the cleaning, and non slip work boots or shoes with help protect yourself from slipping or stripping whilst on the ladder or roof.
Once you are properly dressed, you can begin to loosen and extract any of the leaves, any debris from guttering. You can either dig out all of the leaves with your protected hands, and toss everything down below the ladder, or you can place a bucket near by to fill up, and minimize clean up later on.
After you were able to remove all of the larger items building up in the guttering, you will need to bring a hose with a high power pressured nozzle up to the guttering to blast away any crusted dirt. You will need to direct the hose downwards towards the drain pipe to allow the water to wash away into the drain, instead of building up. Be extra careful, otherwise your hose may splash mud all over your home.
If the water from the hose does not flush down the pipe, then you might have large debris trapped in the drain pipe that will need removal. Spraying the high powered hose down the top of the drain pipe should work best for removing any debris that is blocking the drain, resulting in a clear drain pipe. If the pressure from the hose still does not clear the block, you may need to invest in a drain snake to pull out the bulk that is trapped.
Living in the UK it is essential to invest your time in a gutter system, as well as giving in the proper care and maintenance it needs. Failure to clear out the gutters properly and regularly can result in damaging your home in many ways that will become a nuisance ti repair. By spending dedicated time to clearing out your gutters, you will prevent the harm that guttering build up can cause.