Cleaning your CT gutters are a quick and painless job that only takes about 15-30 minutes a few times a year. However, it often goes ignored by homeowners who are focused on larger, more significant projects. Gutters are just as important as other maintainence DIY's and if you don't clean them properly, they can cost you dearly in the long run. Here are some useful tips on your CT gutters and how you should clean them before it's too late.
Clean Out Gutters
First and foremost, clean out all of the buildup that grow inside of the gutters. Usually it consists of leaves and dirt which would otherwise make for great compost for your garden. But pay special attention to your downspout because water won't drain properly if there's debris and mud clogging the drain.
Check for LeaksAny holes or cracked caulking in the gutters should be fixed immediately. Use a chisel to scrape out the old caulking and dry the area. Then, use sealing to keep water from getting under the gutters and rotting the boards.
Wash the Gutters
Once you've cleaned out your CT gutters, it's time to make it look aesthetically pleasing. Most pressure washers go from around $60 to $150. Follow the directions that come with the washer and proceed. Avoid hitting the gutters at too high of an angle or you can ruin the shingles with a high-pressure stream of water.
Rusting CT gutters means they're old and you might want to consider new ones. Aluminum and vinyl gutters are the "cool" thing now, and they don't rust. But if you want to stay with the old ones, remove the rest, sand them and paint them with a consistent primer. Finish it off with a quality rust-inhibiting paint.