Steel gutters are very crucial components of your roof, since it is the part that collects rain water and eventually drains them off to the house’s sewer system. While steel gutters are made from very sturdy materials, it is still at risk of getting damaged over time especially when debris like leaves and dust settle on the base of the steel gutters, coupled with water will eventually cause the steel to rot at a faster rate. Now while this situation is inevitable especially if your gutters are old, this can be avoided if you know how to clean and maintain your gutters. The maintenance of your gutter needs to be done at least twice a year or more if there are a lot of trees in the area that drop its leaves to your roof thus here are some of the steps on how to clean your gutters and extend its lifespan.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Gutter scoop
- Working hand gloves
- Bucket of water
- Garden hose with adjustable nozzle
- Garbage bag
Step 1 - Asses Your Gutter
The first thing that you need to do is to assess your steel gutter by climbing a ladder. Ask the help of a family member to hold or support the ladder firmly on the ground as you climb it. Once on top, you need to assess the debris found in your steel gutter and take note of the possible tools you may need in scouring and removing the debris.
Step 2 - Scoop anything that Settles at the Base of the Gutter
Using a special gutter scoop or a small hand shovel, you need to scoop out the dirt or debris that has settled on your gutter. If the debris has solidified at the base of the gutter, wet it with water then allow the dirt to soak in the water for a few minutes before you scrape it again. Do this carefully so as not to damage the base of the gutter. Collect and place all the dirt that you have scraped from the gutter into the garbage bag.
Step 3 - Unclog the Gutter Pipe
Once the dirt has been removed, empty a bucket of water to the gutter and see if the gutter pipe drains the water. If not, then the gutter pipe might be clogged. To unclog the gutter pipe, set the nozzle of your garden hose into the pipe so that it will release a jet of water in order to push down the debris that has clogged the pipe. Use a coat hanger and probe it into the drain while directing the stream of water in order to facilitate the unclogging process.
Step 4 - Check for Leaks
The next thing that you should do is to check if the steel gutters have any leaks. To do this, run water on the eaves of the gutter and check the exterior if water drips from the base of the gutter. To repair any leaks on the gutter, apply a gutter repair caulking on the spot where the leaks were observed.
Step 5 - Paint the Gutter
Once the repair calking has been applied, make sure that you repaint the eaves of the gutter in order to protect the gutter from more damage, such as rusting, which may eventually lead to holes in the gutter.