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Gutter Cleaning Creative Fathers Day Gift

Gutter Cleaning Checklist for an Unforgettable Father’s Day Gift

Gutter CleaningGutter Cleaning, a surprisingly welcomed gift.

Standard Father’s Day gifts such as another tie or aftershave may get pricey. Dad’s will sing the praises of whomever does their chores such as gutter cleaning.

“Don’t laugh,” says Fred Marshall from Advanced Foundation Repair. “After years of listening to my Dad mutter and sputter his way through gutter cleaning then having to do it myself, it is a gift I would graciously receive.”

Where do to start? Take advantage of the coolest part of the day preferably do this in the morning as early as the light will allow. Pick a day with little to no wind, no rain and definitely no lightning.

Get the gutter cleaning tools ready and waiting:

  • Step ladder – use where possible.
  • Extension Ladder – don’t lean on downspouts or gutters as it cause gutters and downspouts to break away from building or get dented and crushed because they are not as strong as pipes so treat them gently.
  • Gloves to protect hands.
  • Bucket that can be placed on ladder leaving hands free.
  • Small garden trowel to scoop out debris.
  • Hose to flush gutters and downspouts clean.
  • Straightened out wire hanger to clean out clogged downspouts.

Getting Down to Business and Cleaning the Gutter

  • Use a step ladder where possible. Make sure it is not wobbly but steady and that it is not on soft ground that it can sink into as one starts to climb up. Make sure gloves are on.
  • Put the trowel and bucket on the ladder before climbing up. Once up the ladder, get the trowel and scoop debris out of the gutter. Place the debris into the bucket. Move the ladder as along the gutter.
  • Don’t hang over the ladder as one can easily loose balance or tip the ladder and fall. Soak hardened dirt and clay this are in the gutter with water from the hose. When softened, remove.

Cleaning Clogged Downspouts

  • Cleaning the gutter is not enough if the downspouts are clogged. Bring a hose up the ladder.
  • Run the water gently down the downspouts. Your don’t need Niagara Falls. Gutters and downspouts are not as strong as house pipes and need to be treated gently. While the water is flowing down, climb down the ladder and see if it is flowing evenly through the end of the downspout. If it isn’t flowing freely or if it is backing back up into the gutter above, clogged downspouts will need to be cleaned.
  • Use an unbent close hanger to “gently” push it up from the base of the downspout or down from the top of the downspout where it meets with the gutter. If the hanger doesn’t reach the blockage, use a plumbers snake then “gently” push against the clog to work it loose. “Gently” flush the downspout clean with the water from the hose.

Install Gutter Guards Now

For a few extra dollars give Dad an even bigger gift, gutter guards since gutter guard mesh starts for as little as $3 a roll. Find them at a local hardware store. Use sheers to cut the mesh. While wearing gloves, start at the end of the gutter. Tuck the mesh in and unroll and tuck so that the mesh is snug in the gutter as well as covering it completely. Over lay mesh at the end of the roll but not the end of the gutter. Cut the mesh at the end of the gutter or at corners. At the gutter corners, overlay mesh, complete covering the corner then at the end of the gutter tuck the end of the mesh down leaving no openings for leaves and sticks to get through.

More Gutter Cleaning Tips:

  • Make sure the ladder is steady.
  • Don’t rush time going up and down the ladder.
  • Don’t over reach away from the ladder. This can cause the ladder to tip and one to fall.
  • Don’t grab the gutters for support. Remember they are a fragile.
  • While flushing gutters clean, make note of any leaks.
  • Wear gloves.
  • If using a bucket, people should don’t hang on to it as it may throw the balance off and causing them to fall.
  • Don’t put the bucket on the roof as it may fall off about the time it is full of grunge.

Clogged Gutter Problems

Backed up gutters and clogged downspouts can cause damage to homes through erosion, watering seeping up under the roof or behind fascia and siding. With proper drainage, gutters help control water around a home. Keep the gutters clean. Industrious teens with savings may want to take a short cut and call a local company to clean the gutters.

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Larissa Perez
20:24 13 Jun 18
I can't say enough good things about Advanced Foundation Repair. Their professionalism, care, attentiveness, and quality of work are superb. I had a full foundation lift so they were a part of our daily life for a few weeks. Brad Bertelsen is always easy to talk to and answered all my questions no matter what they were; everything from scheduling to how the equipment works. How pilings work don't affect the job that gets done and it took time from his schedule but he took the time to answer my questions. Betrice called to inform me of an update but I was not able to answer my phone at the time. She then sent a text to inform me of the update. I was able to respond to her text so we were able to proceed with the planning. I appreciated that extra effort. The excavation crew and the lifting crew were great. They are very hard workers and very courteous. Advanced Foundation made the process of LIFTING A HOUSE seem completely effortless. We were also able to stay in our house the entire time they worked on the foundation; including when they actually lifted our home. God forbid I ever need them in another home but if I do, they will be the only foundation company I use. Thank you Brad and Advanced Foundation for helping me protect my home.read more
Henry Nance
14:01 24 Apr 18
4/20/2018 I was very pleased with my experience. During the initial visit, Jim Moravec explained the problem and the solution. We discussed cost and I decided that my "cost/solution "ratio would be best served with Advanced Foundation Repair and a crew was out in a matter of days. The work went quickly and neatly. Alfonso and his crew seemed to know what they were doing and their cleanup exceeded my expectations. I have since referred a local property manager to Advanced and as far as I know she is satisfied with their work too.read more
Carl Nemec
16:23 21 Feb 18
The last few months I've noticed cracks in the corners and some interior doors aren't latching. We had foundation repair done in 2013 around the outside of the house. I was thinking we'd need a pier or two on the inside, because I thought the middle might be sagging. The company who did the work in 2013 had gone out of business, because the owner suffered some catastrophic illness (and is now working for a competitor). Advanced Foundation was the company my engineer co-worker used after extensive interviewing of local foundation companies. Eric Vineyard, the estimator, was prompt and courteous when he arrived 5 minutes before our 9am appt. He took measurements all around the inside and outside of the house and took elevation readings afterward. Good news for me: he found that the elevation difference was within tolerance and no work was needed. The company called two days before to remind me of the appointment and were courteous about it. Overall, it was a positive experience to have a gentleman in my house and to have a good company behind him. Thanks Eric and Advanced Foundation Repair.read more
Jim Bronson
22:33 17 Jan 18
I purchased my home on 10-18-16. Unfortunately, very shortly after my we moved in my wife went into hospice and died. I did not transfer my foundation warranty. I reached out to Advanced Foundation Repair and asked if they would allow me to transfer the warranty even though I was over a year past the deadline. Without argument they transferred the warranty. This is a compassionate family run company. I give them the highest possible recommendation. In addition to this, the repairs they made to my foundation have performed great, and the house has stayed perfectly level.read more
Margaret Adams
14:12 08 Jan 18
I am very impressed with the service I received. First, Eric explained in detail what would be done and how. Then the amount of needed lift was measured. In 3 of 19 holes that were dug it was necessary to go through concrete. The workers dug as deeply as 22 feet in order to reach bedrock. Concrete was replaced, as were shrubs. My yard was cleaned up nicely upon completion. I would recommend this company to anyone needing any work done.read more
Diana Stimax
00:23 08 Dec 17
We had problems with our foundation for a few years, with several cracks inside the house, on walls, garage floor, etc. They came to do an inspection and we were very happy with their professionalism and price for the value. We immediately set that up. They did exactly what they said they were going to do and more at no extra charge. They lifted the garage and put some piers, etc underneath, the final result was incredible. The cracks inside the house closed almost completely. They also have an excellent and transferable warranty.read more
sharon higginbotham
16:24 10 Nov 17
Took three different bids and Advanced Foundation Repair was my final choice. i have a 75 year old house that needed foundation repair and realignment. Ben showed up on time for our appointment and he explained the procedure as many times as I needed to understand, it was actually very simple. He was also available for me to call anytime, which I did on a couple of occasions. Techs were punctual, there was a supervisor on site almost every hour, they did a great job, respectful of the neighbors yards, cleaned up the yard after the work. I love my house again.read more
Christopher Lorenzo
19:36 06 Sep 17
I have had multiple good experiences with Advance Foundation Repair. They stand by their work and kept me informed at all times on the repairs. Post work service was good too. I am very satisfied with their workread more
Ruth Schuman
19:56 05 Sep 17
Workers were very professional and hard working. They dug up around the house and put plants back to look nice. This company also has a trust to forever be able to redo warranted work.read more
Gwen Baumann
02:30 11 Aug 17
I can't too highly recommend this company. I had work done of my foundation by another company several years ago. That work did not resolve the problem, and that company did not fix. Advanced was recommended to me by mother, who said they were the best in the business. I agree! They were polite, professional, charged reasonable prices, and did excellent work. They also have a strong guarantee that is backed by a trust. I can't imagine why you'd use any other company.read more
Linda Krizka
19:44 10 Jul 17
Advanced Foundation repair is the only way to go! The engineer, Eric was kind, helpful and informative! The crew under Haynard's watch was unbelievably considerate. The crew was in and out of our house for 5 days. Everyone of them were happy even in the 90 degree weather. They work hard and were very polite. If you saw my house now you would never even know they were here. They cleaned up every night and on the last day it looked like new! Very thankful to have been able to work with them.read more
Michael Francis
00:48 29 Apr 17
Advanced recently performed our foundation repair and did a fantastic job! The job took four days and throughout the process, the workers were on time each day, were kind and courteous. They left our house clean each day and took great care in making my wife and newborn comfortable during the repair. They came back out to make adjustments, as was expected, and I am more than pleased with the results. Thanks to Juan Martinez, Miguel Mata and Ernesto Alvarato for doing everything I requested. I highly recommend Advanced Foundation Repair, they know what they are doing.read more
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