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    Winter-proof your gutters

    Published on 24 January 2019, Thursday, 5:34 AM

    Heavy downpours and strong winds can cause problems with a home's gutters and if you don't prepare them in advance, you may find yourself with a problem on your hands.

    Clearing your gutters of debris and leaves is essential to prevent blockages and flooded eaves - and in severe cases, even flooded ceiling areas.

    The best time to do this is before winter's onslaught of rain, however if you are a bit behind on your home maintenance you can still get the job done without the potential for catastrophe.

    For the job, essential equipment will include extension ladders, gloves, a hose, safety harness, rope and bucket, and a gutter scraper.

    Your local Kennards Hire can provide you with most of the equipment you require, including a cherry picker, which you may find useful if you have a multi-story home. A Certificate of Competency may be required for anyone using elevated work platforms above a certain height  – for more information, please check with staff when booking the equipment.

    Falling is one of the biggest risks associated with any roof related job - ensuring you have a partner to assist you will enhance your safety and make the job easier.

    Once you have access to your gutters, the job is relatively simple. Using tools such as a gutter scraper will help remove stubborn dirt and debris.

    It is also a good idea to check the length of your hose before embarking on the project - there is nothing worse than realising you don't have enough reach to access all your gutters.

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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.