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Steps to Assist with Cleaning and Sealing Gutter Pieces

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If leaves and debris have clogged portions of your home's gutter system, clean each piece's interior by completing the following steps. Once you have finished, inspect adjoining gutter pieces to ensure that they are connected and sealed so that water that drips from your home's rooftop is distributed through the system and deposited away from your home's exterior.

Materials

  • extension ladder
  • safety goggles
  • harness
  • hand shovel
  • hand rake
  • scrub brush
  • detergent
  • spray bottle
  • water hose
  • tube brush
  • caulk gun
  • waterproof epoxy sealant
  • thin paintbrush

Remove Debris and Stains from Each Piece

Put on a pair of safety goggles and a harness to prevent yourself from becoming injured while you are cleaning the gutter system. While standing on a ladder, inspect the inside of the gutter pieces that run across the edge of the roof. Use a hand shovel or trowel to remove leaves, twigs, or thick pieces of debris that are embedded in each piece's interior. Afterward, add a small amount of detergent to an empty spray bottle and fill the rest of the container with water.

Apply the soapy solution to stains that are on each gutter section's surface. Loosen and remove the stains by moving a handheld scrub brush firmly over each one. Rinse the gutter pieces off with a water hose for a couple of minutes. Use a tube brush to dislodge materials from each end of the downspout. Spray water into the downspout's top opening when finished to dislodge any materials that are stuck in the middle of the downspout.

Secure and Seal Pieces

Push adjoining gutter pieces together if they are not secure. Seal the ends of pieces that are lined up next to each other by applying a line of waterproof epoxy over them. Either squeeze a tube of epoxy by hand or install a tube in a caulk gun's chamber before squeezing the tool's trigger to emit the product. Move a thin paintbrush over each line of epoxy to smooth all of them out until they are an even thickness. The epoxy will require several hours to dry. Once this occurs, it will not peel loose from gutter pieces if it is exposed to water in the future.

In order to prevent gutter pieces from becoming clogged again, inspect and clean them at random intervals throughout the year. As a result, water will not pool on your home's rooftop, which could cause damage to roofing materials.


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