The gutters keep your home protected by diverting water away from your foundation. When they are clogged with debris or leaves, the water can back up. Whether it backs up and overflows into your foundation or find its way under your shingles, it can cause serious problems for your roof. Here are some tips on how to clean your gutters to prevent problems with a leaky roof.
The first thing you need is a helper. This person can help move the ladder, keep the trash can nearby, and hand you items you might need. It’s also important to follow the buddy system, even for adults. If something should happen while you’re up on the ladder, your partner will get help for you.
Lean your ladder against the house, not the gutters. Some gutters can handle the weight of a ladder, but aluminum gutters will buckle and collapse under the ladder. Choose a stable surface to lean the ladder against and make sure that you’re placing the ladder on solid ground.
Other tools you will want include work gloves and a small hand shovel that will fit inside the gutters. You can also choose a special gutter scoop that is designed for the gutter. Scoop the debris out and drop it in the trashcan that your partner will position. You can also take a bag up with you to scoop the trash into. If you decide to take a bag with you, take an S-hook or clips to secure the bag to the ladder. This will allow you to keep one hand on the cleaning tool and the other hand on the ladder for balance.
Another option (and probably the safest option) for cleaning the gutters is to leave the chore to a roofing company in Oklahoma City. Once the gutters are cleaned by professionals who are comfortable on ladders, you can choose to have some gutter helmets installed on your home.
Oklahoma City roofers know how to install gutter covers that will keep your gutters clean and working in top condition. Leaves will slide off the roof neatly rather than clogging the gutters. The chore of cleaning the gutters will be eliminated completely, allowing you to spend more time enjoying your home.
Robbing Roofing, Inc., has experienced roofers who know how to handle gutters and can help you keep them clean. We can provide you with free quotes on gutter protection systems and with additional advice on how to keep the gutters cleaner. Visit us on Facebook today to learn more about our services and products.