Routine Maintenance for Rain Gutters on Santa Cruz County Homes

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Saturday, December 25th, 2010 at 11:01pm.

One of the most important maintenance procedures for the exterior of your home is cleaning the rain gutters. Cleaning the gutters can be a tedious task, especially in Santa Cruz County homes that have trees hanging over the roof.

Cleaning the Gutters

1. Gather your gutter cleaning tools.  You’ll need a good pair of gloves to remove the gunk from the gutters, as well as a steady ladder tall enough to put you at a comfortable working height to the gutter. If you have the type of gutters that won’t snag and tear your gloves, you may prefer rubber gloves to keep water from seeping through.  If you don’t like using gloves, consider using a trowel or other tool to scoop the gunk out.

2. Remove all debris from the gutter. Anything removed from the gutter can be placed in a garbage bag, bucket or other receptacle for disposal or mulching. Leave as little gunk as possible in the trough as any little bit may provide an anchor for leaves and other debris.

3. Remove any obstructions from downspouts. This may require “snaking” clogged spouts with wire or a plumber’s snake tool. Pull any overgrown plants near the mouth of the spout that may grow roots into it, as these can prevent debris from washing out.

4. Repeat at least twice a year. The best time of year varies according to climate, but it’s typically in the fall.   It’s best done before heavy rainfall and after leaves have fallen from the trees. Many owners of Santa Cruz County homes with trees above the roof choose to clean the gutters several times a year.

When the entire gutter and all of the downspouts have been freed of large debris, take a garden hose and run water through the entire system. This washes out any remaining dirt and smaller debris. Keep an eye open for any leaks in the system and watch to make sure water flows properly away from the house. Improper gutter maintenance causes unbelievable damage to Santa Cruz County homes that could easily be prevented.

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