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Tips for Cleaning Your Rain Gutters This Fall

Boise Landlord Clearing a Rental Property's Rain Gutters One essential task that frequently gets put off is cleaning your Boise rental property’s gutters. The worry is that the longer you wait to clean them, the more difficult getting your gutters unclogged will be. When rain gutters are not flowing effectively, many forms of damage can arise from the roof to the foundation. The best solution is to clean your rental home’s gutters regularly each spring and fall. By adopting some simple tips and how-to’s, you can simplify the job of cleaning your rental’s gutters.

At the start, prepare to clean your gutters by gathering everything you’ll need for 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 assume they will make the job less difficult.

Pick a dry day to clean your gutters for best results, one that doesn’t come too shortly after heavy rain. Wet leaves and debris, especially muddy ground, can make clearing out your gutters more challenging.

Then, set up your ladder so that it is securely positioned on level ground. Use appropriate ladder safety or a helper to keep the ladder stable as you go up and down. Do not climb on the roof to see your gutters. This is highly risky 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 a smart option.

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

Once much of the debris has been removed, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle to wipe out the remaining dirt. At this stage, start at the end farther from the downspout and work your way toward it. Washing under roof shingles may result in water damage. If you desire, you could utilize a hose attachment or pressure washer to completely clean your gutters.

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

When you are confident that the downspouts are draining properly, the next step is to inspect your entire gutter system for developing problems. To accomplish that, flush the gutters one more time, checking for proper drainage and leaks at the seams. If you see water pooling anywhere in the gutters, you may have to adjust the slope to ensure the water flows out and down correctly.

If you locate cracks, leaks, or sagging sections, you may need to perform complicated repairs. Just like everything else, gutters will need to be repaired and replaced from time to time to keep them in proper working order. Small cracks can be sealed with some gutter sealant, but you may need to replace the entire gutter section for bigger gaps.

Lastly, consider putting gutter screens across the downspout openings to make cleaning your downspouts simpler afterward. Otherwise, you could let Real Property Management Boise handle your gutter maintenance for you and never worry about it again! To learn more about our Boise property management services, contact us online.

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