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Has your property being affected by flash flooding over the past two weeks.

2008-08-16

G 103 moss on roof

Is this what you see when looking up at your gutters weeds or grass growing out of them? This is because you have neglected to clean out the gutters over the past several years. What has happened in the mean time is that, all the moss and muck has built up and creates a very fertile place for all kinds of stuff to grow.

Cleaning your gutters is one of those on going maintenance job that needs to be done at least once every year to ensure that rain water is diverted away from your property. Ignoring this important task may result flash flooding and longer term including, rotted fascia boards, water damage to the sides of your property.

2. blocked gutters To help cut down on the amount of debris that gets trapped in your gutters, make sure that trees and tall shrubs are not touching or arching over your property. You'll have less to clean up, and in damper climates may cut down on moss level growing on your roof.
Gutter Cleaning
Gutters require to be cleaned at least twice a year if you live in an area with a lot of trees, particularly if they're close to your home. Unfortunately, there is no easy method of cleaning gutters.

A 29 ladder wooden block in gutter
A ladder, preferably a double sectional type can be set up to execute this task. You may require the following items, a pair of gloves, a bucket or plastic bags, and finally the garden hose.

Remember to keep a bucket with you instead of tossing the muck over the side of the gutter to the ground below. This method of working will help keep around the property clean and tidy. Make a "bucket hook" rather than climbing up and down with a bucket, hang your bucket from the hook until it's full and ready to be emptied. The fewer things you carry up and down the ladder, the faster the task is completed.

Use your hands or a small trowel to scoop clean all the muck and leaves in the bottom of the gutter. Once the gutter is reasonably clean, use the garden hose to flush out the last of the debris. Look for leaks or cracks that require need repair also note their exact location.

Downspouts
G 102 cast iron downpipe wall moss
As you clean the gutters and hose them out, the downspouts should run freely. If you have blockage in the downspout itself, try dislodging it by running the garden hose down the pipe. The water pressure shouldn't be too strong you don't want to blow any joints. If it's still tight, use a plumbing snake to clear it. If there are angled joints, you may need to remove the downspout from the gutter to clear it.
Gutter Repair
Once your gutters are clean and dry, it's easy to check for leaks or damage. If you consistently clean your gutters in spring and autumn, repairs are usually minor and require little more than a hammer, screwdriver, extra brackets, and silicone for sealing joints. Leaks left unattended for a couple years can result in rotted fascia, which requires the complete removal and replacement of same.
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