If you have decided to start cleaning gutters Tampa before the arrival of the monsoon season, then you would have done yourself and your plumbing company a great favor. But before you start cleaning gutters around your house and compound you will you should make a list of all the gutters that are present and the ones that need cleaning urgently. Make sure that you do not miss even a single gutter. This is important because even one gutter that is blocked can lead to a complete breakdown of the whole network. Hence making a list of all the gutters is an important step.
Get the right tools before you start
Once you have the list ready, get into the mode of readiness by making sure that you have all the necessary tools to start your work in earnest. Cleaning gutters would be child’s play, provided you have all the correct tools. You do not have to necessarily buy the whole lot of equipment and tools. You can easily borrow it from friends. Here is a list of the basic requirements that you have to have with you before you start your work.A good quality, steady extension ladderA garden trowelA hand spadeHand gloves or working glovesBuckets with a hookTrash bags to collect all the leaves and other garbagePlumber’s snakeA garden hose for the final cleaning
What to do just before starting
Firstly, choose a route. You have to decide on where to start and how you are going to work around the perimeter of the house. If you have a helper, then it would be easier to divide the work into sections. Ensure that both of you are aware of the section that you are in charge of.
It would be better to start from a corner. This is because the downspouts are usually found at the corners. If you start from the midsection then you might unknowingly be pushing more debris into the downspout, making the task of cleaning it more difficult and messy.
Once you have the spot to start from, set the ladder to the desired height. Make sure that the base is leveled well and the ladder is steady. If you are planning on attaching a bucket to the ladder for debris collection, make sure to do the attachment now. Never throw the debris down, you will have a very messy lawn to clean up later. Climb the ladder after putting on your gloves so that you do not have to struggle with it on top.
Begin scooping out the debris from a port nearest to the downspout. If you find pieces that are bigger and cannot be scooped up, carefully remove them by hand.
Once all the debris has been removed, clean the gutter with a garden hose. Make sure to spray the water towards the downspout. Continue spraying the water till every last part of the debris is removed. If there is a clogging in the downspout, clear it immediately.
How to remove a clog in the downspout?
You can try to spray water from the upper or lower end to loosen the clog and clear it out. If this method does not work then go in for a plumber’s snake to wedge the debris out. Follow the steps one by one and you will find that cleaning gutters is very easy.