Clean Your Gutters Like a Boss
Are your gutters looking like a neglected Chia Pet? You’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips to get your gutters back in action, and keep you safe while you work.
Why should you clean your gutters?
Cleaning your gutters prevents them from:
• Falling—leaves and debris can add a lot of heavy weight after piling up
• Rotting and discoloration—water spills and mildew can cause damage
• Cracking the foundation of the house—water spills can seep into the house’s foundation, causing it to crack
• Ice-damming—the water inside your gutters can freeze when it gets backed up, preventing water from draining off the roof
• Flooding—Water can spill over the gutter sides or down toward the foundation/basement
How often should you clean your gutters?
You should clean your gutters at least twice a year. Make sure to avoid getting that ladder out on rainy days.
What will you need to clean your gutters?
• A sturdy ladder
• Buckets for collecting gutter debris
• A gutter scoop
• A scrubbing brush
(we recommend suede material)
• Garden hose
How to do it:
While standing on your ladder, scoop out the leaves and debris from your gutters and place them into a bucket. Next, use a garden hose to wash out the gutters toward the drain outlet. If there is dirt stuck to your gutters, use a scrubbing brush to remove it.
Flush any leftover debris down the drainpipes using a garden hose. If the pipes are clogged and preventing water from draining, you may need to use a plumber’s auger (snake).
Don’t forget to check for leaks—there could be holes in the pipes and cracks in the caulking.
It’s important that you take the proper safety precautions when cleaning your gutters.
Watch out for power lines and make sure there aren’t any cables on your roof. If there is a damaged cable, call a licensed professional to come and fix it.
Have someone hold your ladder while you clean your gutters for extra stabilization.
We highly recommend that you clean your gutters from a ladder instead of the roof. It’s safer and easier to move around.
Lighten the Mood
Why would you want to light a path to your front door? There are plenty of reasons!
• Outdoor lighting adds to the curb appeal and value of your home, according to top Realtors®.
• It improves safety for visitors or family by making it easy to see where they are walking.
• A well-lit walkway increases security for your home.
Celebrate Halloween by installing outdoor lighting today for both safety and aesthetics. When it comes to outdoor lighting, remember two things:
Conserve energy. Compact fluorescent bulbs save energy and produce a bright light that lasts a long time. Timers are another way to save energy—your lights will go off even if you forget to flip the switch.
Less is more. It can be easy to get carried away and overdo it in the lighting department. Make sure your safety and security needs are met, highlight a couple of key focal points and just use soft mood lighting elsewhere. No matter how beautiful your fixtures, too much light is annoying.
Credit: Homeowner Newsletter