Keeping your gutters clean is an important aspect of homeownership. Your gutters are responsible for removing water that could otherwise collect on the surface of your roof, run down your siding, or pool near your foundation. All these aspects could potentially cause damage to your home.
When it comes to cleaning your gutters, you may not want to climb up a ladder to do so. You may have a fear of heights or no real desire to have to climb up and down multiple times. When it comes to cleaning your gutters without a ladder, there are several different techniques that can get the job done from the ground.
Before you choose any method, you will want to inspect the condition of your gutters, checking for clogs and the severity of the dirt and grime buildup. Different methods are better for light cleaning vs. heavy-duty stuck-on dirt removal. You should also have a few items available for safety purposes. These items include goggles, long-sleeve clothing, gloves, hardhat, and a raincoat. These items help to protect from injury caused by falling dirt and debris.
Use a garden hose
This method is simple and cost-effective. It works best for light dirt jobs. A garden hose alone may be hard to direct, so it is useful to also use a tube with a curved end. The tube helps aid in control and aim. You’ll simply move from one end to the other, making your way towards the downspout. You’ll want to make sure the water pressure is high enough to get the dirt to move. You may need to pause periodically to allow water to flow out to avoid flooding. While this is one of the easiest methods, it isn’t the best choice for serious dirt and clogs. This method can also be messy since you’ll need to go back and pick up all the debris.
Vacuum and extension attachment
Using a wet/dry vacuum is another great way to clean gutters without using a ladder. This method is ideal for lighter issues, such as dust, leaves, twigs, and pine needles. You’ll need a vacuum with a specialized extension kit. If your vacuum doesn’t come with the kit, you’ll need to purchase one. These extensions are long and have a bent end perfect for gutter cleaning.
This method is less messy since the dirt and debris will be directly sucked into the vacuum. Once you are finished vacuuming, you’ll want to follow it up with your garden hose to ensure the gutters are completely clean. Start from the side furthest from the downspout and make your way closer. This method is cost-effective and can reach up to two-story gutters. Having a wet/dry vacuum is also a great investment for other cleaning jobs.
A leaf blower with a nozzle attachment can effectively clean your gutters without you needing to leave the ground. The nozzle creates a narrow stream of air perfect for blowing away dust, dirt, leaves, and twigs. The nozzle itself is easy to attach and remove, and a leaf blower can be used for other cleaning projects.
This method is perfect for reaching high gutters and can be used for several different cleaning jobs. It is a system of tubular sections or poles that slide out from one another to reach an ideal length. Different cleaning brushes can be added to fit the needs of your specific job. This method is budget-friendly and can work for both lighter and heavier cleaning jobs.
A gutter flusher is a high-powered jet stream attachment that can be easily attached to a standard garden hose. You’ll want to follow the same procedure as you would with just a garden hose. You’ll start away from the downspout and slowly make your way towards it, stopping periodically to avoid flooding. This is a cost-effective method for getting stuck on debris or pushing tough clogs through.
A pressure washer is ideal for tough buildup in your gutter. This method has the power to remove serious clogs. Pressure washers can unclog both gutters and downspouts. If you choose the power washer route, you’ll need a telescoping want, as well as a U-shaped attachment. This is also a job where your goggles and rain jacket could come in handy.
Hire a professional
When it comes to completely cleaning your gutters, a professional can always get the job done right. They will have the right tools for the job. They also understand what to look for when it comes to any potential damage concerns or flooding risks. If you are looking for help cleaning your gutters, contact Mr. Roof today.