Dallas Roofing: Article About Gutter Cleaning Tips
Clogged gutters and downspouts are one of the main causes of roof leaks. Roofing professionals recommend a thorough cleaning of gutters and downspouts at least once a year. Many recommend doing so twice a year, once in the fall and again in early spring. If gutters are not regularly cleaned out, clogs can lead to water damming that forces water under shingles where it will soak into the wood decking and eventually into the house. Once water enters the house, it can cause significant damage to electrical systems, insulation or worse. This can all be prevented with a little attention paid to the gutters on an annual basis. Property owners who are not interested in taking on this task are encouraged to contact a Dallas roofing professional for assistance.
The roof is a dangerous place to work, and it is not recommended that homeowners climb onto the roof during the gutter cleaning process. Many homeowners sustain substantial injuries from falls off of a roof each year. A sturdy extension ladder should be used to reach inside the gutters without perching on the edge of the roof. Debris can be removed by hand or with the use of a garden hose.
The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding roof maintenance or gutters.
If a garden hose is utilized, consider purchasing a spray nozzle available at home improvement stores. Spray nozzles work well to increase the water pressure enough to adequately blow out leaves and other organic material that collects in gutters and downspouts.
After all material has been removed from the gutters, attention should also be given to the downspouts. Simply spray water down the downspout from the top, and the water pressure should be enough to dislodge anything trapped within. If a lot of leaves are lodged in a downspout, the water may instead fill it with water. In this case, gently tap on the side of the downspout in an attempt to dislodge the clog. If this does not work, the downspout can be carefully removed from the side of the house and the clog should be removed by hand.
Cleaning gutters can be a dirty and even dangerous job, and proper personal protective equipment should always be worn. To protect against rotted organic debris and the sharp edges of metal or aluminum gutters, homeowners should invest in a high quality pair of gloves. A good pair of rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to prevent against slips on wet surfaces during the gutter cleaning process. Homeowners who would like assistance in cleaning their gutters should not hesitate to contact a roofing professional.