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May272011

Clean out your gutters now and keep your water clean

Only a couple days until we hit Winter, and before the really cold and rainy season gets serious, it's a good idea to get your gutters cleaned out.  It's one of the more annoying things when you are sitting in your nice warm house and looking out while it is bucketing down, and then you notice that water is overflowing from your gutters because they are blocked.  Not much fun to go out and get wet and fix it then, so now is the time to schedule a quick check and clean of your gutters.

You can get gutter cleaning scoops quite cheaply from your local hardware, which makes it quite easy to clean out your gutters.  Make sure you take a bucket up with you as well, to put the leaf matter in.  This is great for your garden or compost, so don't throw it in the bin.

Be careful where you put your ladder, usually around your home there can be uneven spots where it can be dangerous to rest your ladder, make sure your ladder is solidly grounded, and if not, try and get a helper to stabilise your ladder while cleaning.

If you clean out your gutters regularly, if you have a water tank, it means that the water going into your tank will be MUCH cleaner.  This means that you will not have to clean out your tank as often.

It can also save you money to have clean gutters.  If you don't clean regularly, the guttering can get damaged or bent.  If your guttering is not working the way it should, water can be going where you don't want it, and can damage your roof, and can undermine pavers and other landscaping features. 

If you don't want to clean your gutters yourself, there are many companies that can do this for you, just do a quick search in your local area. 

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Insurance companies can deny responsibility to any damage caused by rain and hail damage if they can relate it back to blocked gutters. So checking them start of winter and summer is also a smart idea.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne Sullivan

Great post! We shouldn't wait until it gets messy. Maintaining our guttering systems is very important for the overall condition of our homes. Dirty and clogged gutters will lead to overflow and eventually cause water damage. Aside from cleaning your gutters on your own or hiring gutter specialists to do the job, we can also use gutter guards. It should allow rainwater to be directed where it should be while keeping out debris, seeds and all kinds of dirt from clogging your gutters.

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Byrne

Gutter cleaning has to be an annual maintenance task. But be cautious. If you clean your gutters too early, then you will have to clean them again before winter.

Also make sure that you are using the proper equipment. If you are using ladders that are not adequate, and are not using the proper methods then you will be causing unnecessary risk.

As professional gutter cleaners we make sure that we use safe roof access systems when we do at height work. We are confident that by using safe roof access systems we can provide a safe height environment for our workers.

One extra point, we are often cleaning gutters where there is a water tank attached. When cleaning gutters with a water tank attached, make sure that you pay particular attention to the downpipes, this is an area that amateurs often neglect.

Hope this helps.

Also make sure that you perform regular maintenance on your whirly birds. If you do not clean them out, and get all the debris that gets caught around them, then it will catch in your gutters and dirty up your downpipes and rain water.

So just remember to schedule some regular roof maintenance, and include gutter cleaning, whirly bird cleaning, clean any other roof attachments, and look for any signs of damage or rust.

A stitch in time saves nine.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhirly Birds

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