How to Clean Eaves
Most of us always clean our house inside and sometimes we take for granted to clean the exterior parts of our house. Well, it really matters because when rain or a heavy storm arrives, a leak in the gutter system of our roof may occur and that is the only time we should have thought of cleaning it. When we look at our roof, the eaves play an important part because it usually projects beyond the walls to serve as protection from heat and rain. This is true to all infrastructures. Eaves have various designs depending on the type of building and its architectural style. Since it is located outside of a building, the water, dirt, and leaves are stuck in wood and metal gutters and eaves mangers can be a major cause of damage to your roof and exterior siding. It is very important that we maintain our gutters clean to help preserve its top condition for resale purposes or to just to maintain our lifetime investment on it.
Now we know how important it is to clean the eaves. Here are some effective steps on the proper ways of cleaning eaves:
Step 1. Establish an easy and secured access to your roof. The use of a ladder is preferred. Do not place your ladder leaning against the gutter or downspout as this can cause to bend or break easily.
Step 2. Safety first. See to it that the roof is not slippery with water and debris before climbing on top.
Step 3. In cleaning the gutters, get rid of leaves and twigs using your hand or by the use of a suitable tool like small garden trowel. Another option is you can also buy a gutter scoop at the nearest hardware store.
Step 4. Soften the solidified dirt in the gutter by having it wet or moistened. It can be further loosened by soaking to reduce effort in removing the dirt. Once it is loose already, clean it out by the use of a gutter scoop or trowel.
Step 5. To determine if there is clogged dirt, rinse down the downspouts with a garden host. If water drains freely, then there is no clog.
Step 6. If in case the downspouts are clogged, increase the amount of water flowing in the garden hose and run water to clean and unclog it. If it doesn’t work, use a small plumber’s snake or an unbent clothes hanger. Be careful not to cause any damage.
Step 7. The use of a leaf blower for cleaning gutters can be an alternate method. The downside, however, is that the dirt may be solidified and would not be easy to blow away. You will also get to carry the machine in awkward postures while staying on top of the roof and dust may accidentally lodge in your eyes.
Step 8. For a final flush and cleaning, it is recommended that you use your garden host. This will serve as a way to determine if there are any leaks in the system.
Step 9. If there is presence of leaks, have it repaired immediately. Employ waterproof stoppers or specific gutter repair sealing.
Step 10. For future purposes, if possible, have the gutters covered with wire or plastic mesh as this will help reduce the debris on your roof.
Always be guided on the step by step approach of cleaning the eaves. You can now start cleaning and make sure to keep in mind the safety precautions.
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