Yes, it’s that time of the year (again) that homeowners would have to clear the leaves, branches, and other debris from their roof that could clog the gutters, downspouts, and drains. Cleaning your gutter and roof is necessary to keep any chance of damage on roof, home, and landscaping, especially if you have trees surrounding your house. Clean them to avoid roofing problems in the future.
That is why we at Tedrick’s Roofing, the leading roofing contractor in Kent, Auburn, Federal Way, Des Moines, Seattle, Tacoma, and surrounding areas, came up with some helpful tips on how to clean your roof and gutters this season:
- String and sturdy stepladder
- Rubber-soled shoes (for better traction)
- Protective goggles
- Protective work gloves
- Garden hose
- Gutter scoop
Of course, safety always comes first. Make sure that the ladder you’re going to use is safe and sturdy. Check that the ladder has no loose or defective parts. Also, make sure that it is standing on solid, level ground before you start climbing. Always wear protective gear like gloves and eye wear to avoid unnecessary accidents. By wearing rubber soled shoes, you can also avoid slips when it is necessary to walk on the roof and/or when climbing up ladders.
Carefully climb up the ladder until you’re at eye level with the gutter. Using your gloved hands, scoop out leaves, twigs, and other debris and place them in your bucket. Use the gutter scoop for hard-to-reach areas and to scrape of muck and other stubborn dirt. After that, you can check if the downspouts are clogged by gently running water through your gutter using the garden hose. You can increase the water pressure to push out debris from the downspouts. If the downspouts are still clogged, you may need to call a gutter expert.
Clean your roof and gutter at least twice a year, preferably once in the fall and again in the spring. Call the experts in roofing in Kent and the surrounding areas, Tedrick’s Roofing, if you need repairs or installation. We offer professional roofing services and top-notch products from the leading roofing manufacturer GAF. We also offer gutter installation that is custom to your home. For your roofing and gutter needs in Seattle and Tacoma region, call Tedrick’s Roofing today and ask for a free estimate.