Gutters and drainpipes in need of a serious clean? In this article, our professional team at Hookys Roofing breakdown some handy cleaning tips to ensure you continue to get the best from your gutters.
Get Prepped & Dress for the Occasion
Before you even get started, ensure you have a reliable, extendable ladder on hand. You are going to spend a prolonged time above ground level, so you want to find a sturdy platform to support your ladder on, instead of uneven or rocky surfaces. The last thing you want to do is fall and hurt yourself, or at the very least cause damage to your gutters. And while we’re talking about getting prepared, you also want to dress for the occasion by donning long-sleeved shirts, durable work trousers, and rubber protective gloves. Cleaning gutters can be a mucky process and you don’t know what can be lurking in there.
Begin Removing Loose Debris
The smart place to start is at the drain outlet at your gutter’s lower end. A narrow garden trowel or specialised gutter scoop should then be used to remove leaves, dirt and other loose debris causing a build-up. This is easiest when the debris is pliable, as opposed to times when it has become dried, encrusted or even soggy.
Clearing More Stubborn Drainpipe Obstructions
You might experience difficulty with certain obstructions causing blockages in your drainpipes. Should this occur, a handy tool known as a plumber’s auger can be inserted into drains, snaking through the pipes, and penetrating the debris to either pull it out of the bottom, or push it through to be removed from the top.
Finish with a Strong Hose Blast
Now you have removed the larger, more stubborn pieces, finish off by blasting the last remaining elements with a high-pressure spray nozzle on your water hose. Be sure to create a strong stream at both ends of the gutter to promote a proper drain outlet. This might get messy, so it is prudent to lay down some tarp or old sheet to collect the masses of gunk liable to fly over the sides.
Repairs & Replacement
In conducting your clean, you may find that there are leaks, cracks, or even more structural integrity issues with your gutters and rainwater systems. To ensure your home is prepared for heavy downpours, we recommend you conduct prompt repairs or replacement. For all your needs, contact the knowledgeable team at Hookys Roofing to point you in the right direction! Call 0408 026 601 or leave your details on our simple online enquiry form, and we will get back to your shortly.