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Tips to prepare your gutters for winter maintenance 

Gutters are low maintenance not no maintenance!

Winter is the time of year when blocked gutters come into full force from leave blockage, ice from storms clogging and gutter damage from snow. Everyone knows the most evident signs of a blocked gutter is water running over the edge or even flooding inside your home!
These are the damages you can see; however there are some damages that you cant see and can become problematic over time, costing you a lot in future repairs. To avoid this, investing in gutter maintenance is your best option.

Maintaining your gutter

Sure, nobody wants to clean their own gutters, which is why you can hire experts like us to take out the hassle. However, there are a lot of people who would rather roll up their sleeves and get the job done themselves.

To get started, it is best to ask how you are going to access your gutters safely?

If you’re climbing up a ladder make sure you are on a levelled surface and that the ladder is secured at the bottom. Before you start emptying your gutters, make sure that before you climb up you have all the right equipment needed, so that you don’t have to go back and forth getting things.

Basic tips for cleaning:

Wear gloves so you don’t cut your hands and get infections from the dirt or sludge.
Have a container that sits on the roof so you can scoop the debris into it.
Start with small sections so that you aren’t overreaching.
If you have internal brackets, you can push the dirt out from underneath rather than trying to hook it out from underneath the bracket.
Do your best not to wash the debris down the downpipe – if you have water tank it will pay to disconnect the downpipes temporarily.

Keep in mind that cleaning the gutters is a short-term solution, so it should be carried out often because they will start to clog up again. If you need any help or have any questions, get in contact with our team at Envirovac and we can easily help.