With the ever changing weather your gutters can be exposed to all the elements in merely a matter of weeks. This can cause the guttering attached to your home will start to show signs of wear and tear. Plastic gutters expand and contract when the gutter warms up and cools down. When gutters are installed properly, the gutter joints allow for this movement. When gutters are not installed properly, the gutter can pop out from the connecting joints which will cause a gutter leak. It's important to regularly check your gutters and keep on top of the maintenance. Not only are they an important part of your homes structure to ensure water is drained away from the property, but they also help to protect the foundations of your house from the heavy damage that water can create. Take time to make sure your ladder is secure before you start work. Never rest it against guttering - use a ladder stand-off instead, and ladder stabilisers on uneven ground.
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Over time there can be a build up of debris accumulating in your gutters. From the changing seasons bringing leaves and twigs to a build up of moss and other plant life, excessive amounts can gradually create an overflow of water that will start to stream below. This build up is the leading reason why homeowners experience issues with their guttering.
Keeping your guttering clean is important not just for the upkeep of the gutters themselves, but for the general wellbeing of your property. The frequency of your cleaning schedule will vary depending on the area surrounding your home. But it's typically recommended to be done twice a year, with late autumn and spring being the best time to do so.
The best way to do this is to take you gloves and get hands on, scooping the sludge and debris out. For additional help you can cut the top of a milk bottle off at a diagonal angle creating a scoop that fits perfectly within standard sized gutters. our hands are a better tool for this job. They’re just all around more maneuverable; getting downspout clogs loosened is far easier with hands than a trowel
Clean the gutters
Now that all the major gutter debris has been cleared, it’s time for a final wash down. Washing out the gutter will remove any final waste matter and leave them totally clear. Using the pressure washer clean any remaining build up from within the gutters. Starting at the beginning of your gutter run, ensuring that you’re working with and not against the slope of your gutter.
This will wash any remaining debris or dirt down the run and towards the downpipe. When doing this it is important to note whether or not the water is coming cleanly through the spout or if it is just trickling, this will indicate whether there is clog within the down pipe. If it appears that you do, run the pressure washer right into the downspout to clear it. Once the gutters are clear, repair any sagging metal. You can do this by mounting a gutter hanger. Read our pressure washers buyers guide for help deciding which machine is best for you.
Caulk any cracks
Carefully inspect your now clean guttering looking for any visible cracks. To speed this up you can gently pour some water into the gutter and watch if any comes through cracks. Once you located your crack(s) wash the seam area of the gutter and clean the repair area to remove any grime or debris allowing a fresh area to work with. Prepare a tube of exterior-grade polyurethane caulk. Cut the tip off the caulk tube nozzle at a point where it produces a bead large enough to fill the crack.
Start small — you can always make the hole bigger. A 1/4-inch bead is large enough for most cracks. After you have cut the tip, you will need to puncture the seal in the end of the caulk tube using a long nail. Apply a bead of caulk along one of the cracks by moving the caulk gun along the crack using a continuous light pressure on the caulking gun trigger. Using a craft stick or plastic spoon smooth the caulke along the surface. Repeat this process along all joints and visible cracks along the gutters.