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Gutters are an integral part of a roof because they carry water safely to the ground and help avoid water damage. However, it's important to make sure that gutters are properly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them working at optimal capacity.

One important aspect of gutter repair and maintenance is making sure that safe procedures are followed at all times during the process. Homeowners who decide to clean their gutters in lieu of hiring an Atlanta roofing company will need to make sure they never clean them while standing on the roof. Instead, it's best to approach gutters while situated securely on a ladder.

When performing a gutter cleaning, it is important to start at the downspout, which is located at the bottom of the structure. This allows any water or debris that shakes loose to make its way down and out of the system during cleaning. Homeowners can purchase special hose attachments to clean their gutters. Nozzles that screw onto the end of the hose allow homeowners to flush out a gutter from the top.

Flushing a gutter will also reveal any leaks in the system. Leaks often occur at the gutter seams. To repair this type of leak, a homeowner should press each gutter section together to make sure the sections are tight.

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Gutter sealant can then be used to seal along the seam at both sides of the joint to eliminate the leak.

If the leak occurs around one of the end caps, homeowners can slather sealant on the joint's inside area in order to close it off. If the problem isn't at a joint seam, it will be necessary to use aluminum repairing products.

Another tool that helps with gutter cleaning safety is called a gutter scoop. This plastic tool is ideal for getting rid of leaves and other debris at the top of a gutter without overextending. Trying to get rid of debris using only bare hands is dangerous since it can result in falls caused by reaching out too far. A gutter scoop has a very thin scooping edge and is specially designed to fit in the bottom of a gutter's trough.

It's also important for homeowners to protect their hands during the cleaning process by wearing gloves since this can help prevent cuts from the torn metal edges of damaged gutters. Gloves also help protect against bacteria that may be present in gutter droppings.

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