Have some minute to spend? Perfect, because those minutes might be the key to cut your costs associated with cleaning your rain gutter. Cleaning rain gutters every autumn time slashes anywhere from $75 to $500 off the pocket of homeowners depending on how laborious the cleaning task will be. Some few minutes are all you need to read this and you’ll save money.
Gutter Cleaning Simplified
Cleaning the gutter is one of the tasks most homeowners hate to perform. The messy and dangerous nature of the task hinders homeowners indulging into this task. Nonetheless, it is still a task that needs to be performed to prevent further problems and complications that may arise. For a more simplified rain gutter-cleaning task, the rest of the article shall tell you how.
1. Prepare all cleaning tools and materials.
Before fully embarking on the gutter-cleaning task, be armed with the necessary cleaning tools and materials. It’s better to be ready than be sorry later for interruptions caused by missing cleaning items. Sweeps, gloves, hand trowel, basin, vinegar, baking soda, water, and other commercial cleaning agents should be included in your checklist.
2. Make your way into the gutter.
Use a ladder to reach the gutter or pass through your attic and climb the roof. It’s important to have access to the rain gutter – after all, it’s what you will clean.
3. Sweep the rain gutter.
With the use of a broomstick, sweep the gutter to compact the dirt and debris into one place. This process will also help loosen dried dirt that has been long tenant of the gutter.
4. Using the hand trowel or the glove, put the dirt and debris into a trash bag.
This process will help you collect the dirt and debris that you have taken out of the rain gutter. Doing so will prevent wind from taking these dirt into somewhere else for later cleaning.
5. Eliminate hardened or caked-on debris.
Using a basin of water or running water from a garden hose, let the hardened debris loosen.
6. Take away stains left by soil accumulation and mould formation.
Mix water, vinegar and baking soda into a basin. With the use of a scrubber, let the mixture work against the soil and the mould that have thrived in the rain gutter.
7. Remove deeper stains.
Deeper stains when not removed may start mould formation anew. Prevent this occurrence with the use of commercial cleansing agents such as bleach. Scrub the surfaces as necessary. Rinse immediately.
As safety precautions when cleaning your rain gutter, never mix vinegar with any bleach-containing products. It will produce harmful gas that may affect your breathing. Never allow bleach to dry against gutter surfaces without rinsing. It will weaken the structure. Lean your ladder into sturdy structure such as walls. Never lean them against the gutter itself or the downspout. These are soft spots and may bend and cause accidents.
By following the simple steps in cleaning your rain gutter, grab the benefit of being spared from costly cleaning services charged by gutter-cleaning professionals. After the task, you can look back at your gutter with full pride that you did it as professionals are doing.