During autumn, the leaves change colors, fall into your gutters and to the ground. If the idea of scuttling around on the roof and scraping muck has you constantly postponing this task, you should know there is a better method of cleaning your gutters. Power tools actually provide another option. Below are some unconventional gutter-cleaning techniques you can consider
Before breaking out your gutter-cleaning tools, ensure that extreme caution is exercised when working on ladders or high rooftops. Follow the safety tips below to prevent injury or property damage:
Similar to how it replaces tedious raking below, cleaning your gutters with a leaf blower eliminates the need to manually remove debris. The most straightforward technique is using a ladder to climb onto the roof and walking along the edge, blowing out the leaves from the gutters as you go along.
An even safer way is using an extension kit as it curves and extends the reach of the leaf blower, so the gutter can be cleaned while you’re standing on the ground. Goggles are essential when this method is used because you will be positioned directly below everything that is blown out. This method is messy but quite effective; just prepare for being ‘drenched’ in debris.
If there is a storm before you get to clean your gutters, you could be left with sticky, wet leaves. This makes it more challenging to work with air compressors and leaf blowers. Therefore, a better technique could be using a power washer. A high-pressure power washer has intense force behind it. It is recommended that you clean the gutters from the ground level through the use of a telescoping wand that has a u-shaped attachment on the end.
After cleaning, the ground under the downspouts will be littered with debris. A gloved hand or rake can clean this up or a water broom can be used to remove it. Debris could land on your siding and windows. Think about removing patio furniture and plan on power rinsing your home later, if necessary.
If you prefer not to pick up the mess on the ground following gutter cleaning, a wet/dry vacuum can get it done all at once. This can be done while standing on a ladder or an extension kit, can be purchased at a local hardware store that will enable you to access the gutters.
Even with access to creative gutter-cleaning tools, this chore is still daunting for many. If you are busy or physically unable to clean the gutters on your own, Universal Tradesman will be happy to step in. We provide professional gutter-cleaning services; therefore, you never have to personally take on this task again. For additional details or to set up an appointment for gutter cleaning on your property, please contact us right away.