In the pipeline - DIY Plumbing Tip #10 -Gutter Cleaning Melbourne
May 15 2014
GUTTER CLEANING DIY TIPS
-clean gutters when it is dry, cool and not windy
-carry out cleaning early in the day to eliminate fatigue
-always plan how you do the cleaning before commencing
-ensure you do not do the work alone
-tidy up and dispose of rubbish as you progress
-remember your age, if you are over 50 years old and male you are in the highest risk group
-ensure your equipment and of course you are secure
-purchase a ‘gutter cleaning tool’ from the hardware store
-utilise a garden blower or hose to assist
-if in doubt call a professional company
**How often should you clean the gutters?
-If you have large trees surrounding your house they should be cleaned quarterly
-if you have a hidden gutter they should be cleaned at least six monthly
-if your gutters are exposed and there are no large trees within 150 meters of the house then clean annually
***Should I test the downpipes and stormwater drains?
-Test each downpipe with a garden hose to ensure it is not blocked
- Run water through the stormwater drain to ensure it flows
- Clean stormwater pits and channel grates once yearly
Guttering in Melbourne should be regularly maintained with the end result of lack of maintenance being , gutter replacement, gutter repairs, emergency plumbers attending and floods and damage to associated building infrastructure.
**Questions you should ask a contractor before being your gutter cleaning in Melbourne carried out.
1. How do you carry out the work safely.
2. Do you dispose of the rubbish.
3. Will you provide a written report/audit and photographs of any problems seen.
4. Are all your staff roof plumbers.
5. Do you carry out programmed/scheduled maintenance.
Whether you live in steep slate roof home in Toorak or a flat metal roofed property in Black Rock always carry out your gutter cleaning Melbourne safely.