Clara O. Mikkelsen Seamless Gutters April 19th, 2018 - 12:34:13
The gutters would normally clog on a yearly basis but four years later after installation of the Waterloov product they were found to be free flowing and clean. Only a small trace amount of dirt--approximately 1/32" deep was found in the bottom of the gutter indicating that the dirt was constantly being swept along and down the downspout. With this specific design self cleaning gutters are a reality. Whats more important is that as the these gutter guards may require servicing in heavy debris conditions its simple to do from the ground with a telescopic pole and brush--its called suit and tie maintenance since its not a dirty job. An additional advantage is that unlike the flat gutter guards that need servicing it can easily be seen from the ground where the brushing is required.
However knowing the right products isnt enough you must know how and where to use which product for best results. Here are a few listed techniques for efficiently cleaning the outside of your gutters. Use Cleaning Agents Clean your gutters using cleaning agents or solvents which are marketed and sold under the TSP-PF label. For those new with buying and using cleaner products TSP-PF stands for Tri-sodium Phosphate- Phosphate free which implies that the product possesses the cleaning and degreasing qualities of the component Tri-sodium Phosphate but does not cause the harmful effects of Phosphates. Now to use this cleaning agent in one cup of the TSP-PF add one quarter of Bleach with three quarters of hot water.
Instead be sure to keep your weight off of the gutters and be as gentle as possible throughout the cleaning process. A step ladder is easier and safer to use when cleaning gutters. Your gutters simply cannot support the weight of a person on a ladder. If your gutter fasteners are more than 2 feet apart a ladder will put pressure on the material and dent the gutter. Be sure that your step ladder is on stable ground and dont step above the second rung from the top. Also regardless of the ladder you use be aware of power lines and avoid them throughout the gutter cleaning process. Gutter Cleaning Tools Bring a bucket up the ladder and place it on your roof or hang it from your ladder. This bucket will eliminate a mess on the ground below. Also grab a pair of waterproof gloves. You can also wear latex gloves under normal work gloves as an improvisation.
This will eventually weaken and damage gutters hindering their ability to drain water properly. As water builds up to the point where it spills over the side your gutters you can expect the dirty sludge to spill over as well causing unsightly stains on your gutters facade and the sides of your home. Preventing Ice Dams - Routinely cleaning gutters in autumn will pay off well into winter when those nasty snow storms - dubbed "snowmageddon" in the Northeast - dump mounds of snow on your roof. Even before the temperature rises back above freezing the snow starts to melt from the heat emanating out of your home. This heat will melt the snow from the bottom up sending sheets of water down to your gutters.