Gutter cleaning and checking the downspouts are an essential part of avoiding water damage to your home. Keeping these items clear of debris will allow water to flow properly away from the roof and your home’s foundation.
Here are two of the better ways to collect any leaves and debris that may be in your gutters. You can place them in a bucket as you remove them or throw them to the ground. If you choose to throw the debris down to the ground, it is a good idea to spread a tarp on the ground first. It will make the final cleanup easier.
Clean Gutters First
Use a trowel, small hoe, or even older, smaller kitchen tools such as a spatula. Just move along the gutters scooping the debris and dumping it into your bucket or bag. Once the majority of the debris is removed it’s time to tackle those downspouts. Downspouts should be cleaned BEFORE rinsing down the gutters.
1. Place the end of the garden hose into the top of the downspout as before.
2. Tightly pack the downspout opening around the hose with a rag, sealing the top side of the downspout.
3. Turn on the water as hard as it will go, hopefully flushing out the clog in the downspout.
4. If the clog refuses to break up, you will have to manually clear the clog using a plumbing snake.
5. Once you feel that the clog is gone, test the spout again with the hose and water.
A Final Rinse
Keeping gutters and downspouts clean and flowing is the key to avoiding both roof damage and water damage to your home. If the damage has already occurred, call Dragon Restoration. With more than 35 years of experience, we will be able to assist you with any water damage problems you may have.
Call us at (937) 371-3416.