Monday, October 5, 2015
Gutter Maintenance Tips
It is almost winter in Kelowna and that means it is time to clean out the gutters if you have not already, this is a great way to get your home ready for sale and helps prevent future damage or issues. I recommend hiring a professional to clean your gutters as it can be a dangerous and tedious job, but if you feel like taking on the task yourself here are some helpful hints to get the job done.
Ladder Safety: Ensure someone is on the ground helping you secure the ladder, one miss-step and it could be costly. Orchard ladders with three legs are not recommended, be sure to use a sturdy four leg ladder with a secure platform and a five gallon bucket to collect debris.
Garden Hose: A regular garden hose with municipal water pressure is sufficient and attached a pistol grip spray nozzle to the end. This type of nozzle can regular water pressure and direction and can be purchased at any hardware store.
Gutter Scoop:Scooping out the leafy debris seems to be the best overall method for cleaning out the gutter. An excellent tool for this job is the bright orange plastic “Gutter Getter Scoop,” which can be purchased at most hardware stores. This tool is unique because the front scooping edge is very thin and it forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out even the toughest of debris in any size gutter system. Stay away from a metal scoop such as a garden shovel, this can scrape the bottom of the gutter and cause damage and future rust which will deteriorate the gutters.
Gloves: This will protect you from whatever bacteria may be lurking in the gutter debris. Leather gloves are recommended as rubber can rip and tear from the metal edges.
Rake off the Roof: Debris can be left on the roof and will wash down the next storm. In order to prevent your hard work going to waste, remove the debris first.
Downspouts Unclogged: After you have cleaned the gutters, direct the water pressure into the downspout to flush out debris.
Clean gutters two times a year: Make sure gutters are cleaned at least twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter. Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion. Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up. It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters. The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed. Keeping your gutters from damaging your home will maintain is value and prevent possible issues with foundation and siding.
Gutter Guards: There are many great products that can be installed onto the existing gutters or the option of new gutters can give your home a spruced up look and make it more pleasing to buyers. Visiting your local hardware store is an excellent place to start. There are many gutter professionals that we would be happy to recommend should you choose to repair or replace your gutters.
Gutter cleaning is an important step in home maintenance and something a home inspector will look at when you sell your home. Prevention is key and keeps your home looking sale ready.
If you are thinking of buying or selling, give Paige Guernsey, an award winning real estate agent in Kelowna, BC direct at 250-862-6464.
Talk to you soon…