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Tips for Cleaning Your Rain Gutters This Fall

Durham Landlord Clearing a Rental Property's Rain Gutters One essential task that mostly gets put off is cleaning your Durham rental property’s gutters. The dilemma is that the longer you wait to clean them, the more difficult getting your gutters unclogged will be. When rain gutters are not flowing efficiently, all kinds of damage may emerge, from the roof to the foundation. The ideal method is to clean your rental home’s gutters regularly each spring and fall. By taking a couple of simple tips and how-to’s, you can simplify the job of cleaning your rental’s gutters.

In the beginning, get ready to clean your gutters by gathering everything you’ll need to finish the job: a ladder, a bucket or two, some heavy gloves, a hand trowel or gutter scoop, and a garden hose with a spray nozzle attachment. You might also opt for special gutter cleaning tools if you believe it will make the job faster.

Choose a dry day to clean your gutters for best results, one not too quickly after heavy rain. Wet leaves and debris and also muddy ground can make clearing out your gutters considerably harder.

On that occasion, set up your ladder so that it is securely positioned on level ground. Use proper ladder safety or a helper to keep your ladder stable as you go up and down. Do not climb on the roof to access your gutters. This is very dangerous and could also damage your roof shingles or tiles. If you are not comfortable on a ladder, hiring a professional to clean your gutters for you may be preferable.

Start near the downspout side of your gutter and work your way toward the other end. Using gloves, start by clearing leaves and large debris by hand. At that point, use a mini trowel or gutter scoop for the more compacted debris inside.

Once the entire debris has been removed, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle to remove the remaining dirt. Then, start at the end farther from the downspout and work your way toward it. Avoid spraying under roof shingles since this may bring water damage. If you want, you may take a hose attachment or pressure washer to deeply clean your gutters.

Once the gutters are clear, the next approach is to check the downspouts for obstructions and debris, principally if you discover that water isn’t draining normally. You can try to spray directly down the spout or feed the hose up from the ground. For really stubborn clogs, think about using a plumber’s snake.

When you are convinced that the downspouts are draining properly, it’s time to check your entire gutter system for developing problems. To achieve that, flush the gutters one more time, searching for proper drainage and leaks at the seams. If you notice water pooling anywhere in the gutters, you may need to adjust the slope to ensure the water flows out and down perfectly.

If you notice cracks, leaks, or sagging sections, you may need to do more complicated repairs. Like everything else, gutters will need to be repaired and replaced from time to time to keep them in good working order. Small cracks can be sealed with some gutter sealant, but you may need to replace the entire gutter section for bigger openings.

At last, consider attaching gutter screens across the downspout openings to make cleaning your downspouts faster next time. Or else, you could let Real Property Management Impact handle your gutter maintenance for you and never worry about it again! To learn more about our Durham property management services, contact us online.

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