How to clean gutters

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How to clean gutters

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Keeping your gutters clean is a simple job that can help prevent problems like blocked downpipes and rainwater leaking into your ceiling cavity. Dried out leaf litter can also be a fire hazard. You can do this job yourself with the most basic equipment. This video shows you all you need to know to clean gutters safely. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare your ladder and equipment
2 Clear the gutters of debris
  • Step 1. Prepare your ladder and equipment

    When you work on a ladder, you want to do it safely and avoid climbing up and down too much. Make sure you have your bucket, gloves and accessories ready to go. For added safety, it’s worth getting a Ladder’s Little Helper, which holds your ladder steady and a Ladder Limb to hook your bucket in place.
  • Step 2. Clear the gutters of debris

    With one gloved hand, pull all the debris out and put it in your bucket. Your other hand should be holding the ladder to help keep you balanced. Use your scraper if the debris is sticking too much, or the gap between your gutter and tiles is too narrow. Once you’ve removed most of the mess, give the bottom of the gutter a good sweep with your brush. Don’t worry if you leave a small amount of debris behind, the next rains should wash that away.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Dust brush
  • Ladder
  • Ladder Limb
  • Ladder’s Little Helper
  • Leather gloves
  • Scraper

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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