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How to Clean Metal Building Gutters

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September 30, 2016

Steel Building Maintenance- Part 2

The best way to prevent potential gutter problems is to clean metal building gutters regularly. Keeping gutters and downspouts clear stops drainage and foundation complications before they start.

How often gutters systems need cleaning depends on type of gutter, climate, location, and tree cover.

Clean Metal Building GutterAnnual gutter cleaning suffices for open areas in milder climates. However, most gutter manufacturers advise semi-annual gutter cleanings.

Structures surrounded by overhanging trees require even more frequent cleaning. Systems installed with gutter guards— which block leaves, twigs, and wildlife nests— need less frequent maintenance.

In areas heavily populated by birds, chipmunks, and squirrels, examine and clean gutters a minimum of twice a year.

When to Clean Gutters

Home gutter cleaning in the late fall prevents leaves and debris from clogging the draining system in winter.

In snow-prone climates, blocked gutters and downspouts cause multiple challenges. Congested gutters can freeze solid, creating a bottleneck. Snow and ice linger longer, increasing the weight straining the roof. Ice dams may form. (In fact, in exceptionally heavy snow areas, it might be best to forego gutters on structures.)

Check gutters before scheduled building cleaning. Clean gutters of dirt and debris before washing the structure.

How to Clean Gutters

It is a simple project to clean metal building gutters.

  • Choose a stretch of rain-free days. Dry debris is easier to dislodge from gutters than soggy trash.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Do not attempt to clean gutters from the roof, leaning over the edge. Work from a study ladder.
  • Do not stand above the top three rungs of the ladder. Do not reach to the side too far. Make sure the center of your body never crosses beyond either side of the ladder.
  • Attach two buckets to the ladder with hooks, one for gutter debris and one for tools.
  • Check the downspout strainers. Remove and clean if blocked.
  • Begin cleaning at a downspout, the most likely spot for trash fragments to collect. Scoop out the large rubble from the trough with a trowel or a specially designed gutter scoop. Deposit it in your bucket. (Or, if you prefer, check your local home improvement store for special hand-held blowers designed for gutter cleaning.)
  • Once you have eliminated the large muck, gently wash small particles and dirt away with a garden hose or a pressure washer on lowest setting. Flush the gutters from the end opposite the downspout. (Gutter cleaning hose attachments are available, if you prefer.)
  • If the gutter does not drain, recheck the downspouts for obstructions. If the downspout still does not drain, try inserting a plumber’s “snake” through the downspout to dislodge the blockage.

Not a do-it-yourselfer?

Does climbing a ladder make you woozy? Most gutter installation contractors offer gutter cleaning services for a reasonable fee. Call several providers in your area to determine the best price. Ask for references.

For your own protection, choose a bonded home gutter cleaning service with both worker’s compensation and liability insurance.

RHINO’s Easy-to-Clean Metal Building Gutters

Over 60% of RHINO Steel Building Systems’ customers include gutters and downspouts with their metal building order.

Our high-grade 26-gauge steel gutters are extra-large— 7” x 7”. These gutters systems come in 10’ or 20’ sections. Our matching wide-throated steel downspouts are 4” x 5”. RHINO heavy-duty gutter systems install easily and channel away the heaviest downpour.

RHINO offers gutter systems in an array of colors to complement or match exterior trim colors.

For more information on RHINO’s premiere steel building systems and our gutters and downspouts systems, call us now, toll free at 888.320.7466. Our well-versed professional steel building consultants provide excellent answers to any and all steel building questions such as how to clean gutters and downspouts.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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