How To Clean Your Gutters

Why is cleaning your gutters so important? Even your most OCD visitor is not going to peek into your gutters to see if they are full of leaves.

So what is the benefit? Is there an easier way of cleaning your gutters?

Read on to find out how to extend the lifespan of your roof and gutters and to discover some tips from the industry experts that will have you cleaning your gutters in a fraction of the time.

Why Clean Your Gutters?

If you go to the effort of painting your roof with heat reflective paint, you obviously understand the fact that investing a small amount of time, energy and money into your home can save you thousands in the long run. Nowhere is this more important than on your roof and gutters. Regular roof and gutter cleaning can prevent damaging water leaks, internal water damage and sub-floor flooding.

By removing any obstructions from your gutters you can be sure that your guttering system can handle the load when the next rainstorm drops a couple of thousands of litres of water on your roof.

Gutter cleaning also offers you the opportunity to inspect your roof for any minor issues before they become major issues. By fixing any leaks, replacing roof tiles and repairing minor roof damage before it escalates, you can save yourself thousands in home repair bills in the long run.

Cleaning your gutters regularly can double the lifespan of your gutters!

Now that we have your attention, how can we take some of the stress, hassle and frustration out of gutter cleaning?

Are you in a single story property? Great, read on, there is potential that you can clean your gutters yourself.

Are you in a double story or higher property? Stop reading and give the experts at gutter cleaning Sydney a call. It is just too dangerous to attempt to clean your gutters yourself on a multi-story property if you do not have a proper height safety system. The monetary savings you could make by cleaning your gutters yourself are not worth the risk. Ask Sydney Gutter Clean for a free gutter cleaning quote, you might even be surprised at how affordable their rates are for professional gutter cleaning.

So if you have the safety equipment to safely access your roof and you are physically able to safely climb the ladder and work safely on the roof, then it is time to get started.

Just do not climb that ladder yet!

First of all, make sure that you have all of the equipment you will need to clean your gutters and downpipe.


Gather all of your supplies and put on your PPE. Ensure you have an assistant to support the ladder.

Gather any leaves, sticks and debris from the gutters. Do not lean too far or you will overbalance. Instead of leaning, go back down and reposition the ladder. Some companies have started manufacturing guttering rakes that allow you to reach longer without having to reposition the ladder. While this can speed up the task, it is one more item that you need to lug up and down the ladder. Make sure that you always have three points of contact with the ladder.

Once you have removed the leaves and rubbish, use the small brush to also wipe away any dust and dirt. The majority of dust particles are very corrosive. While it is true that more dust will settle on the gutters as soon as you have finished the job, by agitating the surface you will be able to extend the lifespan of your guttering system.

Keep an eye out for any brackets that are loose. If there are any rivets, screws or gutters that are loose, take the opportunity to fasten them firm.

Pay extra attention to removing dust and dirt from joints and corners. These areas are particularly susceptible to rust.

Once you have finished one section, reposition your ladder and move to the next section.

If you notice any leaking, cracked or sagging gutters, call in a guttering expert to repair or replace that section of the gutter. Sagging gutters can fall and cause more damage if they are not repaired before a large storm.

The best way to lengthen the lifespan of your gutters is to proactively maintain your guttering system and fix any issues before they escalate.

Your downpipe should have a small grate over the top of it to prevent leaves and debris from blocking it up. Make sure that you clean and inspect this grate. If there is an obstruction in the downpipe you can use a coat-hanger or a long thin wire to clear the obstruction.

Ensure you are wearing your gloves and safety goggles the entire time you are cleaning the gutters. Not only will your gloves prevent your wrists and knuckles from being scratched, but they can also prevent bites from insects and spiders that have taken up residence in your gutters.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

If you do some searching online, you will see that most property maintenance experts in Sydney agree that you need to clean your gutters twice a year. Depending on the height of your roof, the location of your property and the proximity of trees, maybe you will need to only clean your gutters once a year. But cleaning your gutters twice a year will ensure that you can also inspect the condition of your roof regularly and the job will not be too labour intensive as there should not be too much rubbish in your guttering system.

Gutter guards are a great way to reduce both the frequency and regularity that you will need to clean your gutters, but you still need to clean your gutters!

If you are scared of heights or spiders, call a gutter cleaner to do the job for you.

But whatever you do, do not put off your gutter cleaning any longer. Give the experts at gutter cleaning Northern Beaches a call if you can not do it yourself.

Sydney Gutter Clean

Address: 287/495 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest NSW 2065

Phone: (02) 8020 5777


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