When it comes to home maintenance, your roof is not the only structure that you should take into consideration. Guttering is another part of the home that is commonly overlooked, and regular roof repair and cleaning of your gutter should be carried out to keep it in shape.
The build-up of leaves and other debris in your gutter can cause damage your roof and fascia, clogging the downspouts. Damage to your gutter can also cause problems to surrounding structures, so it’s essential that you regularly check and maintain your gutter.
Before making any changes to your gutter, it’s important that you think about your safety. Manipulation of your gutter from above is not advisable – in fact, experts recommend securing a ladder firmly to the ground and cleaning your guttering safely that way.
Cleaning your gutter
In order to clean and fix your gutter, you’ll need tools and materials such as a drill, a ladder, a trowel, a garden hose, buckets, wire hooks, work gloves, safety glasses, sealants and paint.
As we’ve already mentioned, it’s important that, before repairing your gutters, you have a clean working area. You can do this by cleaning the gutter near the downspout, and then remove clumps of dirt and debris using a trowel. From there, you can clean and flush out materials using a water hose from the opposite end of the downspout, and then use a gutter cleaner attached to your hose for finer dirt and debris.
Now that you have cleaned your gutter, you can start looking for damages. Water drain marks on the walls can give you a clue of the areas of damage, but you can also trace leaks by using the water hose and looking for unnecessary water flows from the structure.
Tips for repairing your gutter
- To ensure your safety, make sure that your base is stable and safe. Ask someone to hold the ladder in place for you, and make sure you never work alone at a height.
- With a stable ladder and a clear view of your gutter damage, gently pull the prise off of your gutter using your hands, being careful not to cut yourself. The prise will have a plastic clip with a rubber seal; this seal may have deteriorated through the years.
- Remove the old decaying rubber using an old cloth, and make sure that the bracket and gutter are as clean as possible. Wipe off debris from inside and below the gutter.
- Apply the gutter silicon using a silicon gun. Direct the nozzle of the gun under the gutter, directly above the bracket. Squeeze out the silicon and align the gutter to the roof. Any extra sealant will ooze out from the bracket, which you can wipe away and smooth along in the process. Such waterproof sealants will dry within 6 to 12 hours.
If you still need help with leaking gutters, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the roofline experts at Findley Roofing & Building Yorkshire. Click to arrange a free no obligation quote.