If your garage's gutter system is clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris, clean it out by completing the following steps. Once the gutter system is clog-free, water that is collected inside of it when it rains will be deposited away from the garage. As long as you maintain the gutter sections, they will not become clogged again and your garage will be protected from damage that is associated with pooling water.
- work gloves
- small bag
- handheld rake
- putty knife
- industrial-strength detergent
- scrub brush
- tube brush
- water hose
- caulk gun
- tube of epoxy sealant
Eliminate Clogs And Surface Stains
Put on a pair of work gloves and carry a small bag up a ladder that is located near the gutter system. Use a handheld rake to loosen leaves, sticks, and any other debris that is located in each gutter piece's interior. Insert the end of the tool in each area that requires cleaning. Grasp the handle and pull it towards yourself. If pieces of debris are stuck to the gutters, wedge the tip of a putty knife under each one to help loosen them.
Add a small amount of industrial-strengthened detergent to a bucket of water. Mix the components inside of the bucket until sudsy. Dip a scrub brush into the cleaning solution to remove any stains that are on the gutter pieces. Insert a tube brush that has been dipped into the solution into the opening of the downspout to clean its interior and dislodge any materials that are stuck. Rinse all sections of the gutter system with a steady stream of water.
Seal Leaks And Maintain The Gutter Pieces
Inspect the edges of each adjoining gutter piece. If water is dripping out of any of them, they are not sealed properly. Insert a tube of epoxy sealant into a caulk gun. This product is waterproof and will prevent water from leaking while it rains. Squeeze a line of sealant across any portions that were previously leaking. The product requires several hours to dry. Once this occurs, the gutter system will work the proper way.
To prevent clogs in the future, inspect the gutter system from time to time, especially after heavy winds or severe storms. Remove any debris that is present from each piece. Spray the gutter pieces with a strong stream of water. These simple steps will help keep the system in order so that it continues to work properly.
For professional gutter cleaning, contact a business such as Mr. Gutter.