Leaves are a beautiful part of nature, but when they gather and amass on your roof, they wreak havoc on the gutters. If you postpone gutter cleaning, the leaves, and other debris clog up the downspout and cause more harm to the whole house, landscaping, and gutters. Nonetheless, in this post, you will learn how to unclog and clean your gutters.
These are the signs that indicate a clogged gutter that needs cleaning:
- If the rainwater doesn’t run on the bottom of downspout extensions.
- If there are water spills all over the gutter edges
- If water sprigs as a fountain from the seams and elbow joints of the gutter.
- Traces of eroded earth right under the gutter.
- Moist, dirty or wet siding or below the gutter.
- Paint peeling off the fascia and siding of the gutter
- Lugging gutters result from too much weight of clogs
When you want to unclog or clean gutters, first identify where the gutter is bunged up. The downspout cage is a wire filter made to trap the wreckage, thus allowing water to move through the gutter quickly. It is usually bent and situated at the gutter and downspout joint.
Other possible spots for clogs are downspout seams and elbows. When you clean gutter, ensure you tap the exterior parts of the downspout using a screwdriver and keep an ear on a dull thud as this indicates the location of the clog.
Additionally, the gutter hangers, as well as spikes, usually slide from the fascia then blocks on the gutter. Such obstacles catch twigs and leave leading to clogs.
Unclogging and cleaning your gutter
If the question is how to unclog and clean gutters, don’t fret, here are the tips as well as suggestions to help prevent clogging gutters in the days to come:
Spray the clogs away – use a high-pressure nozzle attached to the garden hose, then have it positioned strategically. Place the hose in the downspout at a ground level then twist the nozzle to a full-force spray setting. Repeat from the top of the downspout until all the clog is cleared. See your local hardware store.
Remove by hand – sometimes, all you have to do is scoop out the debris from the gutters using a shovel or hands. Wear gloves, climb the ladder up, then take out the trash from the gutters and throw them into a bin.
Clear the debris using the plumbing snake – put the end of a plumbing snake into the downspout and pull the handle to send the snake to the furthest end. When you feel resistance, rotate the snake counter to the obstruction. Push it to the end, then back to bring out all the clog with it. Finally, flush the entire gutter to rinse away all the remaining debris.
Disassemble your downspout – if all your efforts to remove the clog is not successful, use a screwdriver to take apart the downspout, find clogs and extract it with your hands. Always rinse the downspout before reassembling it.
Where to find the right tools in The Woodlands
If you live in Woodlands or its environs and looking to clean gutters or remove clogs packed in it, we have a solution for you. There are gutter cleaners who use the right tools and equipment to reach any gutter quickly safely to unclog it in a manner that catches people’s attention (check our your local Home Depot in the Woodlands / Conroe area for nifty attachments). If you are not interested in painting or remodeling solutions, you can also opt for gutter cleaning experts to do it your way.
Your main objective is to keep your gutters clean. Avoiding clogged gutters that can turn most homes a breeding place for insects, as a result of massive, stagnant water in addition to creating foundation problems. The weight added to the gutters by clogs also adds stress to the siding leading to structural damage.
Are you looking for Gutter Cleaning in Woodlands, Texas? Modern Roofing offers gutter cleaning and gutter installation. Kindly check out our Modern Roofing homepage for questions. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram and read our reviews on Google. See the video from Lowes below on how to clean your gutters. Also check out our last article on gutter repair.