The rain gutters on your home's exterior play an important role in preventing water damage. If your rain gutters become clogged, water can pool and cause damage to your home's roof or foundation. Cleaning your gutters on a regular basis is the easiest way to avoid any potential damage and ensure that your rain gutters are working properly.
Here are three clever tricks you can use to make cleaning your rain gutters easier in the future.
1. Take advantage of wind power.
Acrophobia, or the fear of heights, can cause you to feel dizzy, experience nausea, and break out into a cold sweat. If the thought of climbing a ladder to clean your rain gutters triggers your own acrophobia, there is an alternate solution. You can harness the wind power in your leaf blower to remove debris from your rain gutters.
All you need to do is invest in some PVC pipe that will fit over the end of your leaf blower. Make sure the pipe is long enough to reach your gutters, then attach a U-joint to the end of the pipe. This will direct the air flow from your leaf blower into the gutters, allowing you to thoroughly clean out your rain gutters without climbing a ladder.
2. Raid your kitchen for cleaning tools.
If you haven't taken the time to regularly clean your rain gutters, you may find that the leaves blown into your gutter have started to decay. As the detritivores (the group of species that assist with the decomposition process) feed on the leaves in your rain gutters, the leaves turn into a sludge-like mud.
Getting rid of this sludge can be difficult, but you can turn to the tools in your kitchen for help. Using a metal or plastic spatula to scoop out decaying leaf matter is an effective way to clean out your gutters without soiling your hands.
3. Use a garden hose to clean out downspouts.
The rain gutters that run along the side of your home drain into a downspout, which directs water away from the foundation of your home. When these downspouts become clogged, serious water damage can ensue.
Using a garden hose with a pressure nozzle attached, you can clear out any blockages that might be preventing you downspouts from draining properly. Simply shoot water down the opening of the downspout to move debris out the other end. For blockages that can't be cleared with a garden hose, a plumbing snake will usually get the job done.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Nick's Gutters clean gutters or a similar company.