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    How to clean out gutters

    Published on 11 April 2014, Friday, 1:59 AM

    With the winter months fast approaching, you may soon be looking at ways to remove all the autumnal leaves from your gutters and drains.

    If not adequately removed, these can cause the gutters to become heavy and loose. 

    Damaged guttering can not only be unsightly, but it can also make your property messy in the rain. Remember it is much easier to clean out these pipes than it is to replace them.

    Plus, it could be a more cost effective solution. Gutter systems are designed to move water from the roof and away from your home's foundations. Unfortunately, if your gutters become clogged with leaves and other debris, the water finds the path of least resistance.

    This means water may leak into your walls and ceiling, which is pricey to repair.

    What do you need to clean your gutters?

    If you have a single storey property, you may only need a ladder on top of gloves, containers to pop the  debris in and a garden rake.

    However, if you have a tall building or live on the second (or higher) floor you may want to hire a cherry picker to help you safely reach those hard-to-get-to spaces. Plus, this does not need to be leaned against the gutters themselves, which can cause them to break off.

    Remember, the easiest way to remove debris from your guttering is by scooping it out. Either throw it into a pile so you can rake it up later, or put it into a bucket or bag to dispose of after the job has been finished.

    If you use a ladder, it is safest to deal with the leaves later so you don't risk overextending yourself and ending up in an accident. Holding a bag in one hand and a trowel in another means it could be hard to hold onto something to prevent a fall. Only use a bag if you are on a cherry picker or can attach it to the ladder itself.

    You might find the easiest way to remove this debris is to use a trowel or small garden rake. Make sure you have taken appropriate safety measures, such as wearing gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.

    Once you have scooped out all the leaves, sticks and accumulated muck from the gutters, it could be important to see if your work has been successful at removing everything, so run a hose through and see if you can spot any leaks or blockages.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.