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When the gutters around your property get clogged up with debris and leaves, it could cause quite a lot of water damage to your home. Keeping gutters clean means you keep your downpipes and drains clean too. They will be less likely to clog up if your gutters are kept clean. However, you need to learn how to clean a gutter safely and you will need the right equipment when you do decide to clean them.

Keeping Your Gutters Clean Will Help Them Last Longer

If you don't regularly clean out your gutters, metal ones will rust and if they are made out a newer plastic material, they will become heavy and could possibly pull loose from the mountings.

Make Sure Your Roof Is Accessible

If you are going to clean out your gutters yourself, make sure your roof is accessible. You also need a good solid and stable ladder to get up to the level of the guttering. You need to lean your ladder against the building and not on the guttering or downpipes, as you may end up damaging them.

Ask A Friend to Help You

It is always a good idea to have a friend or family member around when you clean out your gutters. They will be able to hold the ladder for you and keep an eye on you when you are up there. Many books on how to clean out a gutter always recommend two people for the job.

Make Sure You Wear Proper Shoes

Try to wear non-slip shoes as these are a lot safer than even wellies, and avoid standing on two rungs of the ladder when you are up it.

Once You Are Up There

Once you can reach the gutters, remember never to hold on or grip onto the gutter itself. You should not lean on them either, as they are not designed to take this sort of weight.

Keep A Eye Out For Overhead Cables

Make sure you don't come into contact with any overhead cables or power lines as you work your way along the gutters cleaning them out.

Use a Small Garden Trowel

You can use your hands (rubber gloves on!) or a small garden trowel to remove any debris and leaves from the gutter. You could even invest in a special gutter scoop which is ideal for the job. You can pick one up from your local hardware shop and one other good thing about these tools is they come with useful instructions on how to clean a gutter.

Remember About Sharp Objects in Gutters

Gutters usually have a few sharp metal bits to them, screw points that stick out and such, so remember to be careful if you don't use a tool to clear out the debris from them but use your hands instead.

What To Do If Debris is Dry

If the debris in the gutter is nice and dry, you could use a leaf-blower to clear it out, but you have to take extra care when using any sort of heavier machine when you are up a ladder.

What to do When the Gutters are Clean

When you have cleared all the gutters, then use your hosepipe to wash them down being careful not to apply too much water pressure, gutters are not designed to take too much pressure. The other advantage of using a hosepipe, is that you will see if there any leaks and badly fitting joints.

Taking care of our homes is important, and you have to learn how to clean out a gutter, is just one small part of making sure our properties remain in good condition.

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