Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Standard Father’s Day gifts such as another tie or aftershave may get pricy. Dad's will sing the praises of whomever does their chores such as gutter cleaning. “Don’t laugh,” says Fred Marshall from Advanced Foundation Repair. “After years of listening to my Dad mutter and sputter his way through gutter cleaning then having to do it myself, it is a gift I would graciously receive.”
Where do to start? Take advantage of the coolest part of the day. It is best to do this in the morning as early as the light will allow. Pick a day with little to no wind, no rain and definitely no lightning.
Get the gutter cleaning tools ready and waiting:
Getting Down to Business and Cleaning the Gutter
Use a step ladder where possible. Make sure it is not wobbly but steady. Make sure it is not on soft ground that it can sink into as one starts to climb up. Make sure gloves are on. Put thetrowel and bucket on the ladder before climbing up. Once up the ladder, get the trowel and scoop debris out of the gutter. Place the debris into the bucket. Move the ladder as along the gutter. Don’t hang over the ladder as one can easily loose balance or tip the ladder and fall. Soak hardened dirt and clay this are in the gutter with water from the hose. When softened, remove.
Cleaning Clogged Downspouts
Cleaning the gutter is not enough if the downspouts are clogged. Bring a hose up the ladder. Run the water gently down the downspouts. We don’t need Niagara Falls. Marshall cautions “Gutters and downspouts are not as strong as house pipes and need to be treated gently.” While the water is flowing down, climb down the ladder and see if it is flowing evenly through the end of the downspout. If it isn’t flowing freely or if it is backing back up into the gutter above, clogged downspouts will need to be cleaned. Use an unbent close hanger to “gently” push it up from the base of the downspout or down from the top of the downspout where it meets with the gutter. If the hanger doesn’t reach the blockage, use a plumbers snake. “Gently” push against the clog to work it loose. “Gently” flush the downspout clean with the water from the hose.
Installing Gutter Guards
Now for a few extra dollars give Dad an even bigger gift, gutter guards. Gutter guard mesh starts at about $3 a roll. Find them at a local hardware store. Use sheers to cut the mesh.
While wearing gloves, start at the end of the gutter. Tuck the mesh in and unroll and tuck so that the mesh is snug in the gutter as well as covering it completely. Over lay mesh at the end of the roll but not the end of the gutter. Cut the mesh at the end of the gutter or at corners. At the gutter corners, overlay mesh so that the corner is completely covered. At the end of the gutter tuck the end of the mesh down so no openings are left for leaves and sticks to get through.
Clogged Gutter Problems:
Backed up gutters and clogged downspouts can cause damage to homes through erosion, watering seeping up under the roof or behind fascia and siding. With proper drainage, gutters help control water around a home. Keeping the gutters clean, helps prevent these issues.
Industrious teens with savings may want to take a short cut and call a local company to clean the gutters.
Advanced Foundation Repair offers home repairs from the foundation up including foundation repair, plumbing and general construction services. Advanced Foundation Repair has specialized in foundation repair needs of Texas homeowners for over 100 years. Advanced’s specialists’ reputations for prompt and honest service, assure customers reliable service. Advanced Foundation Repair can be contacted at 800-405-8880 or through their website at http://www.foundationrepairs.com.