Some professional services don’t come affordably especially if certain businesses are up to take advantage of your urgent need and they’re the only business in your locality. Some gutter cleaning prices not that expensive can cause a dent in your budget if you don’t know how to properly negotiate.
There comes a time that you’re just short on your budget or there’s no one to hire in your area and your gutters and downspouts need urgent cleaning or some repair. The good news is, you can actually do the job yourself. However, if do it yourself isn’t your thing (or you’re just downright lazy), then you can begin saving for professional gutter cleaning because you have no other choice. The thing here is to give it a try.
To help you with your DIY attempt, here are basic tips on cleaning and maintenance:
1. It’s all a matter of getting the debris and goop out. Debris and goop is a combination of dust, twigs, leaves, dead insects, small animal excrement, and other tiny, random debris. Make sure that you have all the important tools such as trowel, scooper, gloves, and ladder. After you’ve secured your ladder, you can climb it and start scooping out your gutters. Be sure you have someone spotting you. Once all dirt has been scooped out, blast the gutters and downspouts for further cleaning. This method reveals if there are remaining clogs that prevent rainwater from flowing out properly or parts that require repairs or even replacement.
2. Water blasting is effective gutter cleaning. It’s really good for dislodging dry debris and for cleaning remnants of the goop in your gutters and down pipes. The full force of high pressure hose water can easily push a lot of elements out. In the absence of a water blaster, a regular garden hose with a heavy-duty nozzle (various water release settings) will do. By the way, they also make great window cleaners as well.
3. Consider installing gutter spikes. This can prevent birds and other animals from turning your gutter into their nest. Spikes also offer the advantage of easier cleaning. All you need is to just slide them out and the dirt slides out as well.
4. Give proper attention to sources of leaks in gutters and downspouts. With a chisel, scrape the old caulking out, then clean and dry the area completely. Use a good sealant to cover the cracks and holes.
5. If the gutters are very old and covered with rust, they will really need replacement. For good quality you can choose aluminum and vinyl replacements. However, if you’re dealing with budget constraints, get the rust off by sanding the gutters down, then paint them with a good primer and follow up with rust-inhibiting paint.