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Today we thought we would share with you hints and tips for keeping your gutters in fantastic condition. And late winter is a perfect time to do it, with autumn gone, leaves have finally stopped falling from the trees!

Regardless of whether you take to this task in the winter or the spring, ensure that you have done it before summer is in full swing, especially if you live in a bush fire risk area.  Leaves in gutters are one of the most dangerous items in bushfire season as they become very dry, baked in the tin or Colourbond tray, and are then susceptible to small sparks and embers that may be carried in the gusty hot air.

So what can you do?

Well it is really quite simple and here we take you through the three steps to perfect gutters!

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1. Clean your gutters

Clear out any debris that may be in your gutter now.  There are a number of ways to do this the most common being to use a ladder. However there are options to clear it with a wet / dry vac, but this may be hard to control.  The ladder is the best option though because there are a number of activities you should complete while you are there.

Start at the down pipe, pulling all the leaves and items out of the gutter, then with a whisk broom, scrub at any of the other debris.  Give nearby tiles a scrub too to remove any loose bits of dirt and debris. Have a companion pass you a hose to rinse the pipe and wash it into the downpipe.  Clear your downpipe by threading you hose down the pipe with the nozzle turned on full.

This section is now clean, and you should continue to repeat this working away from the downpipe as you go.

2. Maintain your gutter

  • Check for leaks – you can do this while you are running the hose into the section, or by seeing if there are drip stains to the underneath of your gutter. Seal any small holes or cracks you find with roofing sealant. If you find a large hole or a rust patch you will likely have to replace that section.
  • Straps and hangers – should be firmly in place.  So when you have finished rinsing out your pipe and checking for holes, take hold of the straps and hangers and wobble to see if loose.  Re-nail or replace if required. The diagram above will assist with locating the straps and hangers.
  • Check your run – Finally on the section most distant from your downpipe, allow the water to run naturally and check that it does not build up or pool in any one particular area of the drain.  Gutters should have a steady fall so that they run off consistently.  If pooling occurs you will need to have the higher end raised slightly and any damaged brackets replaced.

3. Protect your gutter

The best way to do this is by using ‘gutter guard’. There are a range of different types of gutter guard that can be purchased, from specially designed guards to do-it-yourself guards made using flywire and cable ties.  Whatever you choose protecting your gutter in this way will ensure you are safe over the summer period and that your downpipes will not get clogged with leaves and dirt.  In addition next year’s clean will be much simpler!

Replacing gutter items

The DIY Bargain Bin has a number of Guttering items including from time to time gutter guards, guttering sections, corners, brackets, downpipes etc, so before you go and pay full price elsewhere, check out the DIY Bargain Bin Gutters / Sprouting and Downpipes to see what we have available.