It’s a pain. It’s messy. It’s dangerous. Cleaning out those rain gutters – it’s just not fun. However, ignoring the ugly gutter cleaning task will only cause larger problems later on. With regular cleaning, you’ll protect your home from damage especially during the sometimes harsh Boise winter season.
Idaho Custom Rain Gutters offers affordable and professional gutter cleaning services, and to prevent future hassle, we offer the best gutter covers available in the market. Our professional gutter technicians not only clean but will thoroughly inspect your gutters to make sure the complete system is draining water effectively and efficiently. They will repair any cracks, leaks, or failures right there and then!
However, if you are the do it yourself type, here are some tips that will help make gutter cleaning a little less painful.
NOTE: We cannot stress enough the importance of taking proper safety measures when climbing on the roof or ladders to clean your gutters. (another reason to let us do it! It’s so affordable, it’s a no-brainer!) When inspecting a roof and its rain gutters, it is important to avoid leaning ladders against any part of the gutter. Rain gutters are typically made from thin gauge metal or plastic and therefore can be significantly damaged from the pressure of a ladder. An A-frame ladder is the best choice for homeowners who need to inspect their roof or gutters.
Gutter Cleaning Tips
By Hand – use thick plastic gloves, (those heavy duty dishwashing gloves work great), and remove leaves, twigs and piles of dirt that have collected in the gutter. A putty knife is a helpful tool that can be used to remove stubborn patches of decomposed leaves, dirt or other debris that have coagulated in specific areas. The gutters should then be rinsed with a garden hose to remove small pieces of debris and thoroughly finish the job.
Be Careful Using Pressure Washers.
High-pressure water can damage not only the gutters but trim, soffit, facia, windows, or roofing. Be very careful when using a high pressure water system to clean gutters.
Check Down Spouts
After the gutters are cleaned, loose nails or screws should be tightened and the down spout should be checked for obstructions. This is easy to do by simply giving it a strong spray from a garden hose. If the downspout is plugged, a forceful spray from a regular garden hose should be enough to dislodge any debris. However, if the downspout goes straight into the drain, the homeowner should first undo the connection so that he or she does not inadvertently force debris into the drain, and subsequently, create additional problems.
Check For Damage or Leaks
During cleaning, if you notice any leaks, cracks, rust, or other gutter failures, please contact us for a free estimate.
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