Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tools
Cleaning your gutters can be an intimidating and laborious job, but by utilizing the correct tools and techniques, it becomes an achievable project.
Assessing Your Gutters
Before cleaning your gutters, it's a good idea to take a look and see what condition they are in. Once you're on a ladder, you may even notice damage to your gutters that you hadn't seen before. Take a look down the length of your gutters and see if you notice any visual clogs. Sticks and dry debris are usually easier to remove than wet leaves and dirt.
Gutter Cleaning Tools
You will need to utilize specific tools to clean your gutters properly. There are several techniques to cleaning gutters, and below are the different tools to use (depending on how clogged your gutters are):
● A leaf blower (with or without a special attachment)
● A shop vac
● A garden hose
● A pressure washer
● A bucket
● A hand spade or trowel
How to Clean Your Gutters
To clean your gutters, start by checking the downspouts for clogs. If necessary, feed your garden hose up through the spouts to clear any blockages.
Using your gloves and bucket, carefully clear out large debris, section by section, making sure to utilize ladder safety techniques. These include making sure there are always three points of contact on the ladder (one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot), and always have your body facing the ladder.
After the large debris is removed, use your garden hose to make sure that water flows freely. If there are still blockages, you can utilize the other tools mentioned above (leaf blowers, shop vacs, and pressure washers) to get any hard-to-remove gunk. Be careful though - more power means you could potentially damage your gutters!
If at any time you feel unsafe or unable to do the job yourself, you should call professionals who will be able to quickly and safely clean your gutters for you.
Older gutters can be a pain to maintain. Because of their open design, they need to be cleaned often, they get blocked and damaged more quickly, and if a clog isn't caught early, it can create the need for pricey repairs. It's for these reasons that we recommend a gutter guard system.
With a gutter guard system, you will never need to clean your gutters again. It will keep large debris, leaves, pine needles, and other obstructions out of your gutters.
With that being said, we recommend the GutterGlove Pro system, offered exclusively through Austin Gutter King. Whether you install the GutterGlove Pro system along with new gutters or have them retrofitted to your existing gutters, you will save yourself time, money, and hassle by not having to clean your gutters ever again. You can even choose from optional rainwater filters to keep your harvested rainwater cleaner and easier to utilize.
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