Every year, it is important that you take steps to prepare your home for winter. While your first thought might be about how to improve the insulation and lighting in your home, it is also important that you do not forget your roof. One area of your home which is particularly vulnerable during the winter months is the gutters. Below is a guide to the steps you need to take to prepare the gutters on your home for winter.
Inspect the gutters
Before winter arrives, you should use a pair of ladders to inspect your gutters. You should check that the gutters are in good condition and that they are not sagging or falling away from the side of the roof. If you notice any damage, you should call a professional roofing service and have the gutters replaced. During the autumn when the leaves fall from the trees, it is easy for your gutters to become clogged, causing water to begin to pool. The combination of rotting organic matter and standing water creates the ideal environment for mould to grow. You can prevent this problem by installing leaf guards on your gutters. Leaf guards are perforated plastic or metal shields which sit on top of the gutter. Because they are perforated, they allow rainwater to enter the gutter while preventing leaves from causing a blockage.
Clean the gutters
Next, you should clean the gutters. Start by preparing yourself and making sure you have the right tools. You will need a ladder, a buddy to hold the base of the ladder, a trowel or other tool which can be used to scoop dead leaves from the gutter and a pressure washer. Once you have climbed the ladder, you should scoop out any dead leaves and debris before washing down the gutter using the pressure washer. You will need to repeat this process as you move along the length of the guttering.
Clean the downspout
The downspout is the pipe which runs vertically down the wall from the gutter to the drain. Some leaves and debris may be washed into the downspout ,where they could create a blockage. You should ensure the downspout is clean by directing the pressure washer down the top of the pipe, so any debris will be blasted away and washed down the drain. You should ask someone to watch the other end of the downspout to make sure the water is flowing freely into the drain.
If you would like further advice about cleaning your drains or if you feel you need some assistance in preparing your roof and drains for winter, you should contact a professional roof and drain service.Share
22 June 2017
Hello, welcome to my roofing blog, my name is John and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. I recently moved out here with my wife and two kids to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. We bought an old farmhouse and are in the process of renovating it. The place needs quite a bit of work. One of the biggest jobs so far has been sorting out the roof. It was missing a few tiles and I couldn't decide if we should try and repair it or if it would be better to have it repaired. Thankfully, my neighbour is something of an expert. He came and inspected the roof and recommended that we replace it. He explain how roofing works and the benefits of using different materials. I have learnt so much, I decided to start this blog.