Gutters protect your house’s roofing, walls, woodwork, and foundation from water damage by directing water away from your home.
To ensure your home’s gutters do their job the way they’re intended to, you need to ensure that they’re clean and well-maintained.
Why Do I Need To Clean My Gutters?
Gutters are made to last a long time – but they’re also built in a way that allows leaves and other debris to be clogged up in them.
Plus, metal gutters tend to rust over time – and even the ones that do not will inevitably have some wear and tear.
When gutters start to get clogged and rusted, they also bring down the overall aesthetic value of a home.
Apart from this, there are many other reasons to undertake a gutter cleaning regularly, such as;
Clearing Up Congestion
Usually, the leaves that fall in autumn are the main thing that clogs gutters. If not attended to regularly, leaves pile up and – combined with moisture – end up decomposing.
At this point, decomposed leaves, with dirt and dust, create a lot of grime buildup that is hard to remove and also attracts lots of bugs – and even small colonies of mice too!
Clean Mould Buildup
All it takes is a little bit of dampness in the gutter, combined with the rotting leaves to create a breeding ground for mould and mildew.
When left unattended, mould will begin to make your gutter look filthy, and – if it starts seeping into your home’s woodwork and foundation, it will end up causing multiple health problems for you and your family.
And when that happens, getting rid of the problem becomes a hugely expensive affair.
Prevent Water Leakage
The main use of gutters in a home is to allow a channel for rainwater to pass along a home safely – and into the pipelines below.
However, if cracks and leakages begin to form in the gutters, it allows water to seep into the walls, doors, windows, and foundation of your home.
Over time, this will cause damage to the foundation, compromising the integrity of your home.
Prevent Roof Damage
When gutters are clogged, water accumulates into them and spilling back into walls and roofing. If too much debris piles up in gutters, they can become too heavy and fall off altogether. This not only damages your home’s roof but will also cause a lot of damage to windows and doors on its way down.
Additionally, when water stays clogged in your gutters, it might also soak into the shingles of your roof, softening and damaging them – ensuring even more water damage for seasons to come.
So, When Should I Clean My Gutter?
The short answer: It’s best to clean them during the autumn or winter.
Trees begin to shed their leaves in autumn. These leaves start collecting in your home’s gutter system. Come rainfall and the winter months; these leaves will start to soak through and decompose, causing rot, mould, and damage.
Winter months – especially in areas with very cold months – could cause water blockages to freeze in the gutter itself.
With that said, you should also pay attention to your gutters during spring and summer.
Depending on the types of trees around your home, you may have flowers and leaves fall into your gutter – which would require you to clean it more often than a home without as much flora.
There may also be instances of severe weather conditions that could negatively impact your home’s gutters.
Best Ways For Gutter Cleaning
So, to ensure your home continues to look good – and to prevent a lot of property damage, it’s very important to get a good gutter cleaning done.
If you are handy with work around the house, you can always clean your gutter on your own.
It isn’t too complex and only requires some essential tools and a study ladder. Though, keep in mind that cleaning it by yourself is quite time-consuming and an exhausting undertaking.
To get the most out of your DIY gutter cleaning, you should;
Gutters are usually near the roof of a home making it a hard-to-reach place. Using ladders is the only way to get up there but can also be unsafe if not practised carefully.
So try to get a family member or a friend to help you – and to help prevent a fall.
Plus, the more hands-on-deck – the quicker you can complete the job!
Always Wear Protection
Sure, you’re technically just removing a bunch of leaves, flowers, and small branches from your gutter. However, you must still wear protective equipment, such as goggles to protect your eyes, a hard hat, and gloves – so that you don’t scrape your hards or get them very dirty.
Ensure that all the tools and equipment you need are kept in an easy-to-reach place.
You will need to use a hose, a scoop, a bin, and in some cases, some sealant too. If you go up and down the ladder each time, not only will you increase the chances of getting injured, but you will also increase the amount of time and energy you spend completing this chore.
Or, Find Gutter Cleaning Professionals!
The other – and in our opinion – more efficient way to clean your home’s gutters is to bring in the experts!
Cleaning a home’s gutters is a risky affair that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With a professional gutter cleaning, not only will every last bit of dirt and grime disappear, but the job will be completed in a fraction of the time. A professional clean cuts the time and is also much more cost-effective in the long run. How, you ask? Well, you will not need to purchase expensive ladders, cleaning equipment, and leaf blowers often.
For gutter cleaning in New Zealand, we at NexDo ensure that we provide quick, cost-effective, and safe gutter cleaning services!
Within reason, we can also take care of any minor damage issues that may have occurred to your gutter.