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Understanding Different Gutter Styles

 

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Understanding Different Gutter Styles

We all know that Melbourne weather can be unpredictable. Sunny one minute, windy and raining the next. That’s why it’s so important for Melbourne homeowners to be on top of their gutter cleaning all year round. But when it comes to gutter cleaning in Melbourne, understanding what type of guttering you have can help to make the cleaning process easier and more effective, while reducing the risk of damaging your gutters and roof.

Get to know your gutters

Once you know what style gutter you have, you’ll know what problems to look out for as you clean them. Below are the three most common styles of residential guttering in Australia.

  • Fascia
    The majority of homes have fascia guttering (also known as eaves guttering). These gutters connect to the board that runs under the edge of your roof, known as the fascia — hence the name. With this style, you can clearly see the underside of the gutter when you look up from the ground.As the most visible and common guttering style, you can expect to see all sorts of designs out there. Regardless of design differences, however, this style of guttering works with the angle of the roof directing water into the gutters, which then channels it into the downpipes.

    While fascia guttering is the best for handling high volumes of water — hence the popularity in more rain-prone areas of Australia, like tropical North Queensland — they aren’t foolproof.

    If they aren’t regularly cleaned, water may overflow from these gutters. Typically, water will spill over the sides of the gutters. This water can then run down the walls, leading to water stains on the outside of your walls. Over time, this water can cause serious damage to the walls and, in extreme cases, can even lead to foundation damage.

    If the rain is particularly heavy or your gutters especially blocked, the water may push against the fascia itself. In this case, damage to the fascia can lead to water entering the roof cavity. Once water is in your roof, you could be dealing with a whole host of problems including water damage to roof structures, ceilings and walls, insulation and even electrical problems.

  • Concealed
    Concealed gutters are generally found on commercial properties. While they can be used on residential properties, they are less common than fascia gutters.Concealed gutters are built behind the fascia and cannot be seen from the ground. They can be less obtrusive and a better design choice when roof space needs to be given over to other purposes, like displaying signs or fitting security cameras and lighting.

    Since they aren’t visible, they can be problematic. During dry spells, when there is little rain, these gutters can become home to pests like birds, spiders or possums, particularly if there is already some leaf litter present to make a nest. The presence of pests can lead to blockages, together with the other problems that pests present including damage to your roofing and unsanitary conditions.

    Concealed gutters are also notorious for water pooling. Over time, pooling water can lead to corrosion, along with your gutter sagging from the constant weight. If this happens, you may need to replace your gutters to avoid water damage to your home

  • Box
    Box gutters are growing in popularity with more modern Australian residential properties. Their name refers to the fact that they are boxed in close to the roof’s edge. Like concealed gutters, they cannot be seen from the ground.
    However, because they sit so closely to the roof’s edge, they do have a tendency to overflow in heavy rain. This can be a serious problem as it can lead to water flowing into your roof cavity.

Understand the material

It’s not just the style of gutter that affects gutter maintenance. The material your gutters are made from can also have an effect on your gutter performance and maintenance.

  • Vinyl
    Lightweight and inexpensive, it’s easy to see why vinyl is a popular gutter material choice. While vinyl won’t rust or corrode, it can sag and over time exposure to the elements can make it brittle and prone to cracking.
  • Aluminium
    Aluminium is lightweight and a common gutter material. It’s rustproof and weather resistant, but thin or cheap aluminium gutters are particularly durable and can sag.
  • Stainless steel
    If you want the best gutter material, you need to choose stainless steel. While it is one of the more expensive options, it’s highly durable, rustproof and can last for many years.

What does all this mean for cleaning?

Using the information above, you may be able to identify both your style and material of gutters. With this knowledge, you can adjust your cleaning routine and frequency to suit your gutters.

For instance, if you have concealed gutters, it may be better to clean them more regularly to prevent animals from taking up residence in them. Or if you have vinyl gutters, you may want to regularly check them for cracking during winter.

When it comes to the actual job of cleaning your gutters though, there are some rules of thumb to follow. For example, you should clean your gutters at least once a year, but ideally every six months if there’s been heavy rain or strong winds. And as you clean them, check on their condition, looking for signs of rust, sagging or cracks.

Call the professionals

Of course, if you really want to take care of your gutters, it’s best to have them professionally cleaned. When you use a professional roof and gutter cleaning service, like Melbourne’s Himalayas Group, you can be sure to get the best clean and to catch any issues before they can develop into full-scale problems. To schedule a clean at your home, call 0415 841 606.

How to Fix Damaged Gutters

 

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How to Fix Damaged Gutters

Your gutters do important work. They collect water from your roof and direct into stormwater drains or rainwater tanks. And while this may seem simple enough, what your gutters are really doing is protecting your home from serious water and drainage problems that have the potential to cause massive cosmetic and structural damage and can be hugely expensive to fix.

So, while a leaking gutter may seem like a minor annoyance, it could be the start of serious and costly problems. Water damage can be insidious. What seems like a slowly dripping leak can progressively get worse and lead to serious problems.

Common guttering problems

Common gutter problems include leaking, sagging and overflowing gutters. Any one of these issues can lead to serious water damage problems including staining to exterior walls, damage to internal walls and ceilings, roofing damage, pest problems, damage to structural timbers, risk of electrical fires and even foundation cracking.

So let’s have a look at each of these issues and how they can be fixed quickly and easily (without the need for specialised equipment or roofing expertise).

How to Fix Leaking Gutters

Gutter leaks will most commonly occur through the joins or seams between gutter pieces, but can also occur through holes in the gutter floors. Gutter leaks will get worse over time as the water will corrode the gutters and the holes will get bigger. This can lead to more costly repairs including fixing collapsed gutters and even replacing damaged sections. So if you spot a leak, it’s important to get onto it as quickly as possible.

Here’s what you need to do.

To fix a leaking seam, you first need to ensure that the seam and the area around it is completely clean and dry inside and out. Apply a flexible and water-resistant silicone sealant or gutter caulking compound to the inside and outside of the seam. If possible, clamp the gutter parts together to prevent any movement while the compound is drying. You may need to leave the compound for up to 24 hours to dry completely, so ensure there’s no rain on the horizon.

For patching small gutter holes, all you need is some roofing cement. Make sure the area around the hole is clean and dry inside and out. If there’s any rust around the hole, try to remove as much as possible with a metal brush before patching the hole. Using a putty knife, spread the cement generously over the inside and outside of the hole and allow to dry.

For fixing larger holes, you will need a sheet metal patch and roofing cement or roofing sealant. Again, you need to thoroughly clean and dry the area around the hole. Using a wire brush, remove as much rust from around the hole as possible. Spread a generous amount of roofing cement around the hole and press the metal patch down. Make sure the patch covers the entire hole and an area of gutter around the hole. Once the cement has dried, you can either completely coat the patch with another coat of roofing cement, or apply a ring of sealant around the edge of the patch. Allow ample time for the cement or sealant to dry.

How to Fix Overflowing Gutters

Overflowing gutters are one of the most common guttering problems. Left unchecked, an overflowing gutter can start to pull away from the roof and walls due to the excess weight. It can also lead to water pooling around the walls of your home. Over time, this water can seep into the foundations, causing major structural problems that can be extremely expensive to fix.

Fortunately, overflowing gutters are simply to fix. They are usually caused by either blocked gutters or downpipes. Regularly cleaning the debris from your gutters will help to prevent overflowing. You may also need to remove blockages from downpipes.

Gutter guards can help to reduce the amount of debris getting caught in your gutters, but it’s worth doing some research before installing gutter guards, as they are not always a practical solution.

If your gutters are still overflowing even after cleaning any debris and blockages, then the problem could be with your gutter capacity. If your gutters and downpipes aren’t large enough to handle the amount of water coming off your roof, then you may need to install a larger capacity guttering system. In that case, it is definitely time to call in the roofing pros. The Himalayas Group can handle all your roof gutter cleaning in Melbourne.

How to fix sagging gutters

In general, gutters aren’t designed to carry much weight. Any water entering the gutters should quickly run through and out the downpipes. However, blockages or damage to the gutters can lead to water pooling, which means your gutters could be holding much more weight than they were designed to. In this case, they will start to bend and sag as the guttering materials flex under the weight of the water. The gutter fixings can also start to pull away from the roof or walls, again leading to sagging or bending.

To fix sagging gutters, you may need to install new gutter hangers or reseat the existing hangers into the walls. Common gutter hanger systems include clip-style hangers and spike-and-ferrule hangers. In some cases, the sagging gutters may be caused by rotting wood that no longer properly secures the hangers. In this case, you may need to call in a roof repair specialist, since rotting wood around gutters is a pretty clear sign of water damage.

Call in the Pros

While most of this repair work is within the realms of a competent home DIY enthusiast, for best results you may want to call in Melbourne’s roof and gutter cleaning and repair pros. If your gutters need some repair work, then contact Himalayas Group today on 0415 841 606.

How to Unclog a Downspout

 

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How to Unclog a Downspout

While most people know that roof gutter cleaning in Melbourne is an important home maintenance task, not everyone realises that downspouts are part of this job. It can be easy to see when your gutters are clogged, but it’s not always so obvious if your downspouts are. Unfortunately, you’ll soon know when there’s lots of costly water damage to repair.Therefore, in order to reduce the risk of water damage, it is essential to opt for regular gutter cleaning in Melbourne.

Why you need to clean your downspout

Downspouts are an often-overlooked part of guttering system maintenance. Just because we can’t see them working like we can a gutter, it doesn’t mean they don’t have an important job to do. Even if your gutters are squeaky clean, they won’t be able to channel water away from your home if the downspout is blocked.

A blocked downspout and a malfunctioning guttering system mean you can expect water damage. Water damage is a phrase that strikes fear in all homeowners’ hearts and for good reason. It can be minor or major, causing aesthetic damage or structural damage to a home, often requiring costly roof repairs.

If your gutters overflow because of a blocked downspout, you can expect to see water stains on both your interior and exterior walls. Water may start leaking inside your roof and this can cause serious water damage to ceilings and your roof structure. Mould may also start to flourish in this environment.

Overflowing gutters can also lead to water pooling around the base of your home. Over time, this excess moisture can seep into the ground causing damp problems and even foundation problems. Cracks in your foundations can make your home structurally unsound and are incredibly expensive to fix.

Clearly, a clogged downspout is just as bad as a clogged gutter. So how do you deal with it?

Signs your downspout is clogged

It can be tricky to tell if your downspout is clogged. The way downspouts are built makes visual confirmation difficult. But there are some things you can look for.

Look at the gutters around the downspout. When a downspout is clogged, the water backs up and will start to pool in the gutters. Since gutters are designed to channel flowing water, not support the weight of pooling water, you may start to notice gutter damage.

For instance, the gutters may be starting to break or pull away from the roof or sections may be separating from one another. If this is happening, water damage may already have occurred and you need to fix the problem caused by clogged roof gutters as soon as possible before it gets any worse.

If it’s raining, you may even see water continually spilling over the edge of the gutter. Alternatively, you can look at the downspout. When it’s raining, there may be little to no water coming out of it at all.

If it’s not raining, you can feed a hose into the top of your downspout and see what comes out the other end.

You might see that the paint on the wall is starting to peel or there is a water stain. Either are clear indicators that both the downspout isn’t working and you’ve got water damage. If you’re lucky, it’ll be mostly aesthetic, but roof gutter cleaning can still cost a lot to fix even that kind of damage.

How to unclog your downspout

If you noticed one or more of the above signs, it’s fair to say that your downspout is clogged and a bill for water damage repair is not far away. You need to get that downspout unclogged now and here’s how to do it.

  1. Start with your gutters
    If there’s any debris in your gutters, it needs to be taken out beforehand. Otherwise, it may just clog your downspout all over again. You can use a garden trowel or your hands to get out any leaves, dirt and debris.
  2. Work from the bottom up
    Most clogs are at the bottom of your downspout as the water pressure slowly forces them down. Divert the flow of your downspout and reach inside it. Remove as much debris as you can.Using a hose, you can then flush water down the downspout to clear out anything else. This is usually enough for most clogs.
  3. Force the clog loose
    If the clog remains, there are a few things you can try. For starters, you may just need to knock your fist along the side of the downspout to shake the mass loose.If this doesn’t work, you can try using a pressure washer or handheld auger. Ensure you’re wearing protective gear when working with either power tool. The high-pressure water or auger cable should be able to force the clog out. Take care not to damage your downspout in the process.
  4. Call the experts
    If the clog just won’t budge or you don’t feel comfortable with the task, call the experts. Not only can they get that clog to budge, they can ensure that your gutters are in good shape to handle future rain.

Contact Us Today

The Himalayas Group are Melbourne’s experts when it comes to all roof and gutter cleaning services. They can ensure your guttering system is working as it should and help prevent further water damage to your home, saving you plenty of cash. To book a clean today, call 0415 841 606.

Everything You Need to Know About Gutter Guards

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Gutter Guards

No one likes gutter cleaning in Melbourne in the wet and windy weather, it can sometimes feel like you have to start cleaning again as soon as you’re finished.

Gutters can quickly become choked with all sorts of debris, like leaves, twigs and dirt. With gutters getting clogged, water cannot flow freely through the gutters. Instead, gutters block up and water starts overflowing or pooling on your roof or in your gutters. Overflowing gutters and water pooling on your roof and around your home can lead to extremely costly water drainage problems.

Over time, you can expect to see damaged exterior walls, leaks in ceilings, staining to ceilings and walls, electrical problems, damage to structural timbers and even foundation cracking.

One of the alternatives to regular gutter cleaning is installing gutter guards. But are they actually worth it? Well, let’s find out.

What are gutter guards?

Gutter guards are generally plastic or metal filters that sit over your gutters. They are designed to filter out the debris leaving only the water to flow through into the gutters.

They are available in a variety of designs including:

  • Reverse curve gutter guards: Usually made from metal or plastic, these are curved sheets that sit over your gutter. The idea is that the debris is washed off the roof onto the ground, while the water follows the curve of the guard into the gutter.
  • Mesh gutter guards: These plastic or metal screens that are fitted over your gutters. The mesh filters out the debris, allowing only the water to flow into the gutters.
  • Bottle brush gutter guards: These are long cylindrical brushes that are fitted into inside the gutters. The bristles catch debris but allow the water to flow through unimpeded.
  • Nylon gutter guards: These guards sit over the gutter with a slight hump. They are designed so that the water drains through to the gutter while the debris is caught in the nylon guard.
  • Foam gutter guards: These are basically blocks of foam, like sponges, that sit inside the gutter. They physically prevent debris entering the gutter while allowing water to pass through.

Are they worth it?

Gutter guards are often marketed to homeowners as a hasslefree alternative to gutter cleaning which is extremely important. However, the reality is that even with the best gutter guard system, your roof and gutter will still need cleaning and maintenance.

These guards are only a solution to cleaning gutters when used in ideal circumstances. In reality, while they can limit how much debris enters your gutters, they are in no way foolproof. Over time, gutter guards can come loose or break or tear, causing clogs in your gutters.

Some gutter guard systems, particularly mesh and curved systems, have trouble handling heavy rainfall. If water is flowing too quickly down the roof, the guards can cause it to completely overshoot the gutters, leading to overflow even with clean gutters.

The guards themselves can also become clogged as debris builds up and leaves choke the system to the point that no water can pass through. This means that you may need to clean your gutter guards just as regularly as you previously cleaned your gutters.

Some systems may require even more frequent cleaning. For instance, some guard systems may elevate debris in such a way that it is clearly visible from the street. This can make your roof look messy and unkempt.

Additionally, gutter guards need to be replaced over time. Some homeowners find they need to replace them every few years or so. This is far more frequently than gutters need to be replaced. You might find yourself spending far more than you thought on a product that doesn’t work as it should.

Choose the professionals

While gutter guards can work in some situations, the reality is that with or without them you will still need to regularly clean and maintain your food and gutters.

At the end of the day, the easiest way to handle your roof and gutter cleaning is to call in the professionals at Melbourne’s Himalayas Group. Getting the pros to handle your roof and gutter cleaning is by far the most effective and reliable option. To make an appointment, call Himalayas Group on 0415 841 606.

How to Prepare Your Roof and Gutters for Winter

 

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How to Prepare Your Roof and Gutters for Winter

Anyone who has lived in Melbourne knows that when winter settles in you have at least three months of cold weather, grey skies and wind and rain. And if you haven’t already gotten on top of your gutter cleaning in Melbourne, you could be in for a tough winter.

Why you need to prepare your roof and gutters now

If your roof and gutters aren’t ready for winter wind and rain, you could be setting yourself up for a range of problems, some that may be costly to fix.

Through the winter months, your gutters and down pipes will have extra work to do. If they haven’t been recently cleaned they are more likely to get clogged. Uncleaned gutters can lead to serious consequences including water damage as water pools on your roof and overflows your gutters.

Clogged and overflowing gutters can cause a range of water damage from leaks in your roof and ceiling, to electrical damage to cracks in your home’s foundations. And any of these can come with some serious roof repair bills.

The best way to avoid these issues is to get your roof and gutters cleaned before winter settles in. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Clean out the gutters
    To ensure your gutters can cope with winter rain and won’t overflow or leak, they need to be free of dirt and debris, like leaves and twigs.
    Using a ladder, remove any matter in your gutters. It’s safer to remain on the ladder while cleaning the gutters, rather than getting up on the roof and risk damaging the roofing materials and structure.
  2. Check the gutters
    Read the signs when your gutters need cleaning and once your gutters are clean, it’s important to check them for any signs of damage. Ideally, cleaning your gutters should mean they’re good-to-go, but all that debris might have been hiding other problems.Start by looking for any rust or holes. This sort of damage can occur when water has been pooling in your gutters. If your gutter has started to rust or rusted through, you’ll need to replace the section to stop the damage getting any worse.Next check if any sections of gutter are sagging or pulling away from the roof. Gutter systems aren’t designed to hold much weight. If they’ve been clogged with wet leaves and debris they may be carrying more weight than they should.You may need to reattach sagging sections or replace them entirely. If a gutter section has pulled away from the roof, it may have done damage to the fascia boards behind. Check that the wood has not rotted or been broken. If it has, you will need to repair or replace the board along with the guttering section. Damage to these boards can let water into your roof space, which can cause serious damage to your food structure, ceiling, insulation and electrics.
  3. Check the roof
    While you’ve got the ladder out, carefully look over your roof for cracked or missing tiles or shingles. If there are any, these will need to be fixed to prevent water getting inside your roof.Don’t forget to check flashing as well. If this has started to wear or pull away, water can get into your roof.
  4. Check potential access points
    Check the roof for any hidey holes or access points that could appeal to creatures looking for warmth. While they might not necessarily cause water damage, animals like rats, possums and birds can get inside your roof and cause a mess. They may tear up insulation for bedding and damage electrical wires, causing power shorts or cuts. Missing tiles and shingles are good entry points but so are fan vents. Be thorough, because if a creature can slip through, rain can too. Then you’ll be left with both a pest bill and a water damage bill.
  5. Call in the professionals
    Preparing your roof and gutters for winter is a straightforward job but it should be done carefully and thoroughly. Of course, not everyone is an expert when it comes to roof and gutter conditions. It can be easy to miss a cracked tile or slightly sagging gutter if you don’t have a lot of experience. And you could end up really paying for it by spring.

That’s why the Himalayas Group recommends calling the professionals for help. Gutter cleaning is made easy with the help of experts based in Melbourne, who can ensure your roof and gutters are ready for even the wettest winter day. To book a service today, call 0415 841 606.

4 Signs that Your Gutters Need Cleaning

 

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4 Signs that Your Gutters Need Cleaning

Regular roof and gutter cleaning are important but often overlooked parts of home maintenance. While these jobs can be a tiresome, ignoring gutter cleaning can lead to some major roofing and drainage problems, which can cost serious money to fix.

While roof and gutter cleaning should be part of your yearly home maintenance schedule, sometimes you may need to push these jobs up your to-do list. During periods of heavy rain, wind or storms, the increased water flow and additional leaf matter on your roof can quickly block up your gutters.

If you notice any of the four signs below, then you need to get your gutters looked at as soon as possible to avoid any further and costly damage.

#1. Water is overflowing from your gutters

Gutters are designed to collect the water from your roof and direct it off the house and into the drains or a water tank. If your gutters are clogged, then the water will simply overflow. This can lead to water pooling in your gutters, on your roof or around the foundations of your house.

Besides the pooling water and obvious visible overflow, blocked gutters will leave a number of other tell-tale signs. Look for water stains on exterior walls. If your home has timber siding, the wood may even have started to rot.

Inside the house, look for signs of mould, particularly around the ceiling and upper walls. You may even notice leaks and damp patches on your ceiling. This can be caused by the fascia boards behind the gutters rotting, allowing water into your roof and ceiling cavity.

Left untreated, overflowing gutters can lead to some serious water damage issues including degradation of your roof structure and even foundation cracking. These are major issues that can render your home structurally unsound and unsafe to live in. They can also be incredibly expensive to fix, with repair bills running into the tens of thousands.

#2. Sagging gutters

Your gutters aren’t made to hold much weight. If they become overburdened, they can sag and even pull away from the roof.

When gutters start sagging, it does more than just affect the aesthetics of your home. It can also cause some major damage. As the gutters sag, they can pull away from and damage the fascia boards. This can let water into the interior roof and ceiling, which can weaken the structures and cause internal moisture damage.

Additionally, as the gutters start to sag, they will no longer properly collect the water from the roof. So you can also expect to see the kinds of water damage you’d get if your gutters were overflowing.

#3. Plants growing in your gutters

As lovely as it is to see green shoots growing, plants do not belong in your gutters. Plants are a clear sign that there is a build-up of dirt, leaf matter and other debris. This kind of build-up in the gutters can lead to a range of problems.

The extra weight accumulating in the gutters can cause the gutters to sag and pull away from their fixings, leading to the issues outlined above.

During summer, this accumulation of organic matter can also become a fire risk.

With a blooming garden on your roof, you can also expect to see more pests and creatures calling your roof home. Insects, spiders, rats, birds and even possums can be drawn to your roof and gutters. None of these creatures make good house guests. Nesting birds can clog your gutters further, while possums can get inside your roof and cause chaos.

#4. It’s been a while since you last cleaned your gutters

If the last time you cleaned your gutters is a distant memory, you need to act now. Even if you don’t see any of the signs listed above, your gutters should be regularly cleaned and checked for damage. Gutter cleaning should be a twice-yearly task for all Melbourne homeowners. Depending on how many trees are nearby, you may even need to clean your gutters every three months. Roof Gutter cleaning is made easy by the professional team of Himalayas Group.

Unfortunately, gutter and roof cleaning can be an arduous and even dangerous task. If you’re not comfortable getting up on your roof or you don’t have the necessary equipment, then call in the pros at Himalayas Group. We are the experts when it comes to roof and gutter cleaning in Melbourne. Give us a call today 0415 841 606 or contact us online.

6 Tips To Make Gutter Cleaning Safer And Quicker

 

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6 Tips To Make Gutter Cleaning Safer And Quicker

Roof and gutter cleaning can be laborious and even potentially dangerous work. You’re working up high, dealing with slippery surfaces and constantly climbing a ladder. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the household chores that so many people keep putting off.

However, keeping your gutters and roof clean is also a very important part of home maintenance. Clogged gutters cleaning during this coronavirus lockdown, can cause a whole range of problems around the home, including some that can be incredibly difficult and expensive to fix, like moisture damage and foundation cracking.

So, to help make the job a little easier, we have 6 tips for making the whole gutter cleaning process a little easier.

  1. Use the right tools
    Like they say: the right tools for the right job. And roof and gutter cleaning is no exception. Having the right tools will help you to do the most thorough job possible, while getting the work done efficiently and safely.
    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Safety gear – We’ll get to that in a moment.
    • Hard-bristled broom and hand brush – These will help to remove loose debris from roof and gutters.
    • Pressure washer – This makes roof and tile cleaning fast and easy while minimising heavy scrubbing.
    • Hand trowel – To scoop debris from the gutters.
    • Garden hose – To flush the gutters and downpipes. Make sure it’s long enough to reach onto your roof.
    • Tarpaulins – To spread beneath the ladder so you’re not throwing the debris into your garden.
    • Garden bags – To bag up the waste.
    • Ladder – Make sure it’s good quality, stable and suitable for the height you need to work at.
    • Cleaning solution – This helps to break down stains and make cleaning the gutters and roof tiles easier.
    • Try to get an eco-friendly cleaning solution, since this solution will get rinsed off your roof into the stormwater or your garden.
  2. Safety gear
    When it comes to roof and gutter cleaning, safety should be your priority. Make sure you have the appropriate safety gear before hopping up on that ladder. Here’s what you need:

    • Eye protection – Whether you’re pressure washing the roof or scooping debris from the gutters, you want to make sure that nothing flies up and hits you in the eye.
    • Hand protection – There can be a lot of nasties hiding in your gutters, including insects and spiders as well as animal droppings. Wearing gloves will protect you from bites and bacteria, as well as reducing the risk of you cutting yourself on roof tiles or gutter fixings.
    • Foot protection – Make sure you wear closed shoes with a lot of grip to reduce the risk of slipping and foot injuries.
  3. Be careful with the ladder
    Firstly, ladder safety. Make sure you’re using a sturdy ladder that’s in good condition and suitable for the height you need to work at. Only set the ladder up on stable, flat ground and where possible don’t lean it against your gutters. This could cause your gutters to bend, separate at the seams or come away from the walls. Lean ladder against the walls where possible.Only work with a bucket if your ladder has a shelf or safe place to secure the bucket. In most cases, trying to climb up and down a ladder with a bucket will be dangerous. For the sake of safety, you’re better off simply throwing the debris onto tarpaulins spread below the ladder, where you can safely collect it later.
  4. Don’t go it alone
    Finding someone to help you with the work will not only be safer, but it will also mean the job gets done a whole lot quicker. With one person on the ground, you’ll have an extra set of hands to stabilise the ladder and pass equipment up to you so you won’t have to climb the ladder so much. It also means that as you clear the debris from the roof and gutters, the person on the ground can scoop it up and bag it, making the whole process much more efficient.
  5. Check the downpipes and drains
    Once the roof and gutter is clear, don’t forget to check the downpipes. A clogged downpipe can back up with water, causing your gutters to overflow and making all the work you did with the gutters pointless.Run your hose down the downpipe at full pressure. If the water starts backing up, then you have a clog. If the clog is natural debris, it can usually be removed by banging on the side of the downpipe or running a high-pressure blast of water down the pipe. For more solid clogs, like tennis balls, the downpipe may need to be removed and the clog forced out.You should also make sure you clear your ground-level drains after roof and gutter cleaning. Much of the debris you removed from the roof can get flushed through your guttering and end up clogging your drains. This can lead to water pooling around your house and other drainage problems.
  6. Get the pros to do it
    This is the best safety and time-saving tip of all. Call in the pros to handle your gutter cleaning. Professional roof cleaners will not only get the job safely, thoroughly and efficiently, they can completely clean your roof and handle any minor roofing repairs before they become major problems.

For the best roof and gutter cleaning in Melbourne, contact the Himalayas Group. Give us a call today on 0415 841 606 or contact us online.

GUTTER CLEANING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

 

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GUTTER CLEANING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Has the coronavirus lockdown got you stuck at home like so many other Aussies right now? Well, now is the perfect time to knock a few jobs off the old to-do list. And chances are one of those jobs you’ve been putting off is cleaning out the gutters.

“But why do it now?” I hear you say. And fair enough. Gutter cleaning in Melbourne is one of those jobs that no one really likes doing. You’re working up high, lugging a ladder around, digging through the sludge on the roof. I get it. It’s not the funniest job in the world.

But now is a great time to do it. And here’s why.

#1 It’ll make good use of your lockdown time

With the coronavirus pandemic raging, a lot of people are working from home right now. And that means you’ve probably got more spare time around the house during the week. And once the weekend rolls around it’s not like you’re going anywhere.

Make use of that time at home by taking care of some of those important jobs around the house that you never seem to get time to do: Like cleaning the gutters.

#2 It’s a great excuse to get outside

Being stuck inside all day every day can start sending you a little crazy. Maybe the kids won’t give you a moment’s peace or maybe you’re just sick of that enclosed feeling that comes with being cooped up.

So, why not grab a ladder, hop up on the roof and get to work on those gutters? Sure, it’s not glamorous work. But it’s an excuse to get outside, maybe get a bit of sunshine (before the Melbourne winter kicks in) and have a few moments of peace and quiet.

#3 It’ll get the blood pumping

For a lot of people, the coronavirus lockdown has meant more couch time and more snack time. With the gyms closed and the government encouraging people to stay home, you can’t really be blamed for feeling a little sluggish.

Getting up a ladder and doing some serious roof cleaning is a good way to get the blood pumping. Sure, it’s not a full gym workout, but it’s better than lazing around on the couch.

#4 Because winter is coming

One of the best times to clean out your gutters is towards the end of autumn. As the leaves fall from the trees, they can clog up your gutters and as the winter rains set in, that can lead to overflowing gutters, water pooling on your roof and serious moisture damage problems.

Why’s it important?

Still not motivated to jump on that ladder and get to work? Well, maybe you will be once you see what kind of damage clogged gutters can do to your home.

Clogged and dirty gutters can cause a whole range of problems around the home, and some of them can be incredibly costly to fix.

Improper roof drainage can lead to water pooling on the roof or overflowing down the sides of the house. This can cause major moisture damage to your roofing and foundations. And the roof repair can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars. Besides, roof leaks, roof and guttering water damage, drainage problems and several other health risks which are associated with clogged gutters, makes the regular gutter cleaning extremely important.

These are just some of the issues that clogged gutters can cause:

  • Water damage to the external roofing
  • Damage to the internal roof structure
  • Damage to roof and wall insulation
  • Rot and other damage to windows, doors and structural timbers
  • Damage to walls and ceilings
  • Staining to outside walls
  • Electrical problems due to moisture
  • Mould and mildew
  • Damage to gutters and fixings
  • Foundation cracking
  • Water damage in basements and cellars
  • Landscape erosion

And once summer rolls around, organic matter like leaves and branches on your guttering can create a fire risk; Which makes the preparation of your roof gutters ahead of summer, extremely essential.

Still not convinced? Get the pros to do it

Gutter cleaning can be dangerous work. You’re working high up, often leaning off a ladder or hunched over on the roof. And not everyone has the physical mobility to be getting up and down a ladder all day. To know more, on how often you should clean your roof gutters in Melbourne, get in touch with us or visit our website.

So, why not call the pros to come do it for you? And because the lockdown has you stuck at home, it’s easy to find a convenient time for tradies to come round.

The Himalayas Group are your roof restoration and gutter cleaning experts in Melbourne. Tick a job off your to-do list the easy way. Call Himalayas Group today on 0415 841 606 and let us do the work for you.  To know more on the measures taken by Himalayas Group on roof gutter cleaning in Melbourne during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, click here.

A PROPERTY OWNER’S GUIDE FOR MAINTAINING LONGER-LASTING CLEAN GUTTERS

 

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A PROPERTY OWNER’S GUIDE FOR MAINTAINING LONGER-LASTING CLEAN GUTTERS

 

Most of the homeowners take roof gutters for granted, thinking it is not the most prominent feature of their home. But the reality is if your roof gutters are properly cleaned and maintained, they can add so much value to your property.

Roof gutter help in protecting foundation, windows, doors and walls from water damage.

When neglected over the prolonged period of time, damaged gutters can cost you a lot. It can cause potential harm to your property’s internal structure and foundation. To keep the gutters flowing effectively, here are some guidelines that will help you maintain clean gutters for a longer period of time. Let’s take a look:

#1 Remove Debris From Gutters

Suspended water can cause damage to your building’s structure which can lead to expensive repairs. To prevent this, ensure gutters are clean and free from any foreign objects. Hiring professional gutter cleaners can be a good option. They have adequate experience and expertise in cleaning even the hard-to-reach spots.

Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, ideally once in the spring and once in fall. But, if your property is surrounded by deciduous trees, you need to clean your roof gutters more often.

Ensure that all the twigs, leaves and other debris are carefully removed, either by using a trowel, scroop or hand. Also, make sure everything is carefully removed from outlet area, without letting anything fall into the down pipe. You can also install gutter guards to make gutter cleaning easier in future.

However, gutter guard or leaf guard can also be clogged. Thus, you still need to inspect and clean the gutters if needed, at least once a year.

#2 Unclog the Drainpipes

If by any chance, your rainwater pipe is blocked, you need to either clean it or replace it. However, most blockages are usually found in the drainage gully, in the rainwater shoe or at the foot of the drop. PVC rainwater shoes and drainage gullies can be detached by pulling them off. But, traditional, old style clay gullies need to be cleaned by using hands or drain rods.

#3 Gutter Repair and Maintenance

Clogged or broken gutter can cause more damage to the property and the surroundings. While cleaning your gutter, you’ll need to inspect if any repair is needed.

What you should look for?

  • Blocked downspouts – Ensure the downspouts are kept clear of leaves and other debris. Also, check that all the joints fit together properly. You can also install leaf guard to prevent further blockages.
  • Seal leaks – Make use of hosepipes to inspect seams and joints for leaks. To repair any leakage, you need to first thoroughly clean the area and then apply silicone caulk.
  • Corrosion – Rust can lead to formation of miniature pits in gutter which over time can grow into larger holes. Ensure to eradicate all the grime and rust to inspect what lies beneath.
  • Weak joints – Particularly, the joints between the down pipes and gutter sections are prone to malfunction. To extend the shelf-life of a gutter, you can apply silicone-based liquid plastic over joints.
  • Water runoff – Ensure that the water coming out of downspouts is properly redirected from your property by using an irrigation pipe, splash blocks or downspout extension.
  • Insufficient outlet capacity – Older gutters were designed to drain rainwater of much lower intensity and volume as compared to what we are currently experiencing. As a result, outlets fail to efficiently drain rainwater from the gutter system. To reduce this problem, you can either increase the size of the existing outlets or install more outlets.

These all indicate the need for a gutter repair. It’s highly advisable to get this fixed as soon as you identify one of these signs. Regular examining your gutters allows you to spot anything before it becomes a major overhaul.

#4 Get A Gutter Guard

Concerned about twigs, leaves and other foreign objects entering your gutter system? Invest in a high-quality gutter guard or leaf guard. Though this doesn’t alleviate the need for regular gutter cleaning, it still allows you to deal with less clutter, making gutter cleaning easier.

The key is to install the one that seamlessly fits your gutter whilst allowing free flow of water. Installing gutter guard is highly essential for gutters placed under or near trees.

Gutter Maintenance Tips as Per Season

Doing gutter inspection, maintenance and repairs all year-round can make gutter cleaning less burdensome. Add these maintenance reminders on your calendar and you are good to go:

  • Spring

Check for the sags and cracks that might have occurred during the winter. Look out for rising water level from the clogged and damaged gutters imposed on your fascia or roof attic.

  • Summer

Summer is the best time fora professional gutter cleaning, downspouts repair and roof repair. Possibly, your gutter guards and shields might have loosened or dented. Reattach them or if needed buy the new one and install it.

  • Fall

Ensure to remove all the leaves from gutter guards and inside the gutter. All debris should be eradicated in order to avoid clogging and freezing.

  • Winter

Keep an eye on gutters for ice damming and clear it immediately. Icicles hanging off gutters may indicate the heat escaping the home.

To Wrap Up

Properly functioning gutters can keep your house dry whilst preventing costly damages to the building’s structure and foundation. This can only be achieved with well-cleaned and maintained gutters. Following the above guidelines can also help you in prolonging the shelf-life of gutters. To ensure that your gutters are properly cleaned and maintained, call Himalayas Cleaning to do the job.

It is better if you hire a professional who has an in-depth knowledge and advanced techniques to do the gutter cleaning job.

Moreover, don’t you want to enjoy the things which you like more? So, don’t spend your weekends by cleaning debris from the gutters. Hire a professional gutter cleaning company so you can sit back and enjoy your weekend.

A professional gutter cleaning can keep the condition of your property intact.

Preserve your valuable investment by hiring an expert gutter cleaning service from Himalayas Group. Our professional team provides you with perfectly clean gutters at an affordable price.

 

6 EASY WAYS TO CLEAN YOUR ROOF GUTTERS

 

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6 EASY WAYS TO CLEAN YOUR ROOF GUTTERS

Many homeowners tend to overlook their roof gutters. They think that it is okay to not clean the clogged gutters as the leaves and debris will go away on their own. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

In fact, clogged gutters can worsen the situation, eventually leading to sagging gutters and flooded basements. You wouldn’t want this to happen with your property, right? So, consider cleaning your gutters as one of your annual home maintenance chores and be relaxed that your property is safe.

Fortunately, cleaning your gutters is not that complex. All you need is to arrange some prerequisites and a bit of knowledge for carrying out the gutter cleaning job safely. To make things simpler for you, here’s a comprehensive guide that talks about the different ways that you can clean your roof gutters. So, let’s get started with knowing the essentials that you need to arrange for gutter cleaning.

What All You need for Roof Gutter Cleaning?

  • A sturdy extension ladder
  • A plastic bucket with a wire handle
  • A leaf scooper
  • A pair of gloves
  • A garden hose or a leaf blower or a power washer

Being equipped with all the safety materials like heavy-duty gloves is always a good idea to ensure that you do not end up injuring yourself.

How to Carry Out the Gutter Cleaning Job?

#1 Cleaning with a Leaf Blower

A nozzle comes attached with a leaf blower which is particularly designed to release a narrow stream of air. Thus, it turns out to be perfect for gutter cleaning. Place your ladder in a way that you can slowly move towards the downspout. Simultaneously, you need to blow out the obstructions coming in your way with the help of a leaf blower.

While cleaning the gutter, you need to be careful that the blowing leaves are prevented from going into the downspout. Before wrapping up the process, if you see any leaves or twigs, remove them with the help of a hose.

#2 Cleaning with a Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you have heavier debris, it is better to experiment with a wet/dry vacuum. You can get the required essentials like the hoses and the curved attachments from your local home improvement retail store. Such equipment will help you reach the obstructed gutters easily, even while standing on the ground.

If you find the dirt to be stubborn, succumb it to the vacuum only after moistening them up. After vacuuming away the debris, wash out the gutters as well as the downspout with a garden hose. This will leave your gutter clean and free from all the debris.

#3 Cleaning with a Power Washer

It is recommended to choose your gutter cleaning technique after analysing the type and level of dirt and debris on your roof gutters. Like, in the case where you don’t even remember when you last cleaned your gutters, you are sure to be greeted with a heavy layer of leaves, twigs and dirt. Using a power washer technique comes at your rescue here. This is because; it comes with the fine-spray nozzle that blasts away all the debris at once.

This works best in the case where you have clogged downspouts. Rinse the shaft by pointing the nozzle down the hole of your downspout. Continue this process until you feel that the water runs easily through it. But, when you are using this method of gutter cleaning, be prepared to rinse the roof as well as the exterior walls post cleaning as it can really get messy.

#4 Cleaning with a Garden Hose

In the case when your gutters are not excessively blocked, clean them with a garden hose. You need is to equip your hose with the right attachment – probably a rigid tube with a curved end to clean the gutter. Now, begin the cleaning process from the end i.e. farthest from the downspout. Come nearer while flushing through the length of the channel. All this can be done easily by standing on the ground.

Carry on this simple process till you see that the debris has been cleared out. Make sure to remove the residue material with your hand before it gets dried up.

#5 Cleaning with Your Hand

Yes, you can also clean your roof gutters without using any equipment. For this, you will need a ladder, bucket, a gutter scoop or a garden trowel and heavy-duty gloves. Begin the process by taking out the leaves and debris little by little and placing them in the bucket. Once done, wash out the gutters and downspout with the garden hose till you find that the water flows freely.

#6 Pay someone to clean the gutters

There are two instances when it is best to consider a professional gutter cleaner:

  • If the gutters are extremely clogged and you need advanced techniques for the cleaning work
  • If you do not want to take the hassle of cleaning the gutters yourself in the first place

The expert cleaners have years of experience and will provide you with quality gutter cleaning services that are both efficient as well as safe. Moreover, they use advanced techniques which guarantee to leave your gutter with a clean, tidy and a debris-free state. A professional roof gutter cleaning service is worth as it will save your time and costs for buying the cleaning equipment.

One such professional team that you can count on is Himalayas Group. If you have blocked gutters, we have the knowledge, expertise and the advanced resources to carry out the gutter cleaning service in Melbourne, quickly and effectively.

To save yourself from costly roof repairs, opt for annual cleaning by hiring our reliable service. For more information, feel free to get in touch with our team on 0415 841 606.

 

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