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Cleaning Steps To Keep The Metal Gutter System On Your Business Property Maintained

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After a metal gutter system is installed on the side of the commercial building that you own, keep it maintained and damage-free with the following steps. As a result, rainwater will be diverted away from the exterior of your business, and you will not need to worry about the gutter system becoming clogged, which could cause water to pool on the rooftop and damage materials that it is made out of.


  • extension ladder
  • trowel
  • tube brush
  • water hose
  • garden sprayer (a model that contains shoulder straps)
  • detergent
  • oxygenated bleach
  • natural-bristled scrub brush
  • tube of seam sealant
  • putty knife

Remove Debris And Stains From Gutter Sections

Use a trowel to scrape away loose debris from each gutter section while standing on a ladder. Insert a tube brush into the downspout to dislodge leaves, twigs, and any other residue that is stuck inside of the opening. Use a water hose to rinse the interior of the gutter system, including the opening to the downspout. 

Eliminate Hardened Residue

Fill the tank to a garden sprayer with a cleaning solution that contains water and a small amount of detergent and oxygenated bleach. Agitate the items in the tank by turning on the machine's power button for a couple minutes. Place the sprayer's straps over your shoulders and rest the machine against the central part of your back.

Climb the ladder and apply a generous amount of the cleaning solution to any hardened residue that is located in each gutter section by squeezing the machine's trigger. Use a natural bristled brush to loosen the residue. Apply force to the tool's handle as you move the brush back and forth. Eliminate the cleaning solution from gutter pieces with a water hose.

Inspect And Seal Seams

Once the gutter system is dry, inspect its exterior. If any of the seams between adjoining metal sections appear to have gaps in them, reseal them by applying an even layer of seam sealant that is designed to be used on metal. Smooth out the sealant with a putty knife. The product will require several hours to dry.

The gutter system will deposit water in another part of your business' property whenever it rains. Keep the gutter system maintained by occasionally inspecting the interior of each piece and eliminating loose debris when necessary. Rinse out the downspout and eliminate stains from metal surfaces to ensure that the gutter system will continue to work properly. 

If you need more assistance, companies like Northwest Rain Gutter may be able to help.