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How to Clean Your Eavestrough

Eavestroughs in Calgary are an essential part of home construction. They prevent the drainage of water and snowmelt around the perimeter of the building, which has cumulatively disastrous effects. However, there is a significant downside to this fantastic modern innovation.

Indeed, the downside of eavestroughs in Calgary is cleaning them. However, you don’t have to make the process more painful or unpleasant than necessary. Instead, consider using our guide below to make it simple, straightforward, and long-lasting. 

The first step in cleaning your Calgary eavestroughs is gathering the materials. For this project, you will need the following:

  • Bucket
  • Biodegradable bag
  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Spade/ scoop (optional)

The Calgary Eavestrough Cleaning Process

  1. Preparing Your Ladder

The most critical part of cleaning your eavestroughs is setting up your ladder safely. Many injuries occur each year because of improper ladder safety techniques. For instance, between 2016 to 2018, Alberta had an average of 5,907 falls to a lower level with resulting injuries.

Therefore, when preparing your ladder, keep a few key tips in mind. First, always tie off your ladder to a sturdy object on the building. Secondly, if you are using an A-frame ladder, ensure its full extension and the secondary supports are locked in place. Or, if you are using an extension ladder, ensure the sliding locks are in place. Additionally, for extension ladders, you must place the bottom of the ladder four metres out from the building for every one metre of vertical distance.

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  1. Cleaning Your Eavestroughs

Again, when cleaning your eavestroughs, remember the crucial importance of ladder safety. Gather the debris and detritus into your bucket, lined with your biodegradable bag. But, don’t overextend your reach past the confines of your ladder. Remember: 3 points of contact. This rule-of-thumb states that you should always have 3 limbs touching your ladder at any given time—for example, two legs and one arm. 

After you clean a section of all the debris, descend your ladder and set it up in a new position. Repeat this process until you have completed a circuit around your home. Also, pay extra attention to the downspout connections. As the main travel area, they are the most prone to blockage and the most important to keep clear.

  1. Disposing of the Waste

Finally, once you finish cleaning the eavestroughs around your home, you need to dispose of the waste. If you have been using a biodegradable bag, simply seal it and add it to your compost bin for regular collection. Otherwise, empty the organic waste into your compost and clean out your holding container. 

Clean Your Calgary Eavestroughs Today!

Now you know the method and steps necessary to get your eavestroughs looking great and functioning properly. However, if learning about this process has made you disinterested in actually performing the work, that is no problem. Give us a call, and our friendly, professional staff will make the visit and complete the work for you. 

 

Cleaning your eavestroughs is crucial to the safety of your home. If your home needs eavestrough repair, installation or maintenance, contact the professionals at Alpine Eavestrough. We’d love to hear from you.

Phone: 403-242-7868

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