So your loved one has some clogged or filthy gutters, and you want to clean them out. Assuming that’s not a euphemism, that’s good of you to do. You’re not only saving them some effort and money but also help prevent water damage to their home.
Of course, this is all pointless if you don’t do it right. Or if you get hurt in the process. So if you insist on doing it yourself, rather than calling professional gutter cleaners Perth, here’s what you need to do and what you need to keep in mind.
When dealing with a gutter, you’ll want attachments for the hose. There are ones designed specifically for cleaning out the pipes, so use those.
You’ll want to start with the area nearest to the downspout. Remove any large debris first, like leaves or twigs. For obvious reasons, a trowel and bucket are necessary here. This is easiest if you’re doing it from a ladder, but roof access is okay too.
Flush the gutter with the hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. Be sure to check if the water drains. If it doesn’t, you might have a clog somewhere. Check the strainer and clean as needed.
If you find that the clog doesn’t go away with a cleaning, here are the steps you need to take.
First, remove the downspout from the pipe. Install a small nozzle on the hose and maximise the pressure. Turn the water and feed the hose up from the bottom of the spout. This should push whatever is clogging things out of the way.
You might need a plumber’s snake tool to erase the block if the above doesn’t work. I really wouldn’t advise using drain cleaner in this instance, no matter how tempting it might seem.
Once you’ve got it clear, reattach the downspout and clean things out again. Don’t forget to clean the strainers in the process.
If you spot a leak at any time, don’t repair right away. Stop cleaning and let the whole thing dry before you get out and seal things.
If you find standing water even after the gutter’s been flushed, this could be a sloping problem. Adjust the angle, so the water drains smoothly, flowing towards the downspout.
You can do that by detaching the hangers and fixing the gutter. After that, you only need to reattach things. Work on this section by section, because trying to do the whole thing at once is both unwieldy and may lead to the entire system failing.
Make sure the support hangers aren’t too close to each other. You can do this while checking for any damage or missing parts. Note any problem areas and get back to them for replacement as soon as you can.
Finally, let us reiterate this: do not make any repairs or patch any leaks until the whole thing is dry. Doing that if there’s still any water in it is just asking for trouble. The liquid and debris will keep the sealant from settling properly, making your fix ineffective.