Cleaning out the gutters on your house

Your gutters play a crucial part in directing the rain water away from your home. One of the problems with guttering is that leaves and other debris can cause them to clog over time therefore it is wise to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year. Leaves, twigs and even broken tiles or slates will cause them to clog. When too much debris builds up in the gutter it causes the rainwater to build up and overflow causing serious damp problems in your home.

When your guttering is blocked apart from it not being able to serve its purpose it also places a huge weight load on the gutter creating the risk of it falling off and damaging your property below thus causing expensive repair bills. In the winter time water that is trapped can freeze creating even more of a weight load.

As far as guttering goes it might seem like the most un-exciting task to do but it is in fact one of the most important. Cleaning the gutters will prolong their life and help minimize any extra damage of anything should happen. The guttering around your home should ideally be cleaned twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the end of autumn after the leaves have fallen from any nearby trees. If there is any noticeable build up of debris or vegetation that is noticeable from ground level you should aim to remove this as soon as possible

Cleaning gutters is a fairly easy task for the home owner. The usual precautions should be followed though when working at heights. Take your time and do not attempt something that is risky or dangerous where heights are concerned. Cleaning guttering is quite a lengthy and physical task to do correctly but important never the less. If you do not have suitable ladders or do not have a head for heights then you should consider a professional local gutter cleaning service.

This article was written by: Lee Jones

I have been professional Builder & Roofer for 20 years and have been running my company for last 8 years. I also teach kickboxing for the PKA Professional Kickboxing Association

  1. 1 Comment

    • Graham Venning says:

      Sadly this one’s still on my to do list for the winter. We’ve had such bad overspill from ours, we end up with huge icicles and ice hanging over the guttering and all the way down over the down pipes. Definitely a job in the coming weekends!