We’ve now reached the end of autumn and are going into winter so it’s important that your gutters are checked and cared for to ensure the rainfall is running through them as it should be through the rainy winter season. The Leaf Man Australia has a few gutter care tips to help you get started.
Now is a good time to do routine gutter care and maintenance checks before further damage can be done through winter. Gutter maintenance is important because a little leak, crack or a blocked spout can lead to much bigger problems if not recognised and fixed. Here are a few tips to get you started on your gutter care.
Gutter Care Tips
Gutter Care Step 1 – Safety First
When you are looking after your gutters personally and making any fixes yourself, it is important to consider your own safety and the safety of those around you before you do anything. This includes ensuring you have a sturdy ladder and protective gear. When cleaning gutter, you just don’t know what sharp objects or dangerous insects could be lurking where you can’t see.
Gutter Care Step 2 – Clean out Debris
Before you are able to complete any maintenance checks on your gutters you will need to clean them out so you can see clearly. This involves removing leaves, sticks and anything that has made it’s way into your gutters. Leaving anything in them could be the beginning of a clogged gutter which will then stop the gutters from doing their job and can potentially cause further damage in the long run.
Gutter Care Step 3 – Rinse to Check for Leaks
To look for leaks simply rinse the gutter and downspout with a hose. This will also help to remove any excess material left there. When you are rinsing the gutters, check to see if there are any leaks anywhere, because these will need to be fixed as soon as possible.
Gutter Care Step 4 – Fix Leaks
When a leak has been discovered, it will need fixing. You may wish to do this yourself, however, if you are unsure of how to do it, you may find the better choice would be to hire someone else to do it.
Gutter Care Step 5 – Do you need to hire a professional?
If all this seems a little too hard for you, or you don’t think you can do it safely, then your best option is to hire a professional.
You may also consider purchasing gutter guards for your gutters to reduce the need for so much gutter care and maintenance.
If you would like to know more about The Leaf Man gutter guards, contact us today!