Leaves don’t just change color in autumn, they fall too– they also fall to the ground and into your gutters. Gutters clogged with leaves and debris can cause plenty of problems. It is vital to keep the gutters of your home clean in order to protect your windows, doors, sides of the house and also the foundations from water damage. If you happen to have a basement, you’ll also be helping prevent flooding down there too. Cleaning gutter involves removing debris from the roof, clearing the gutters of debris, flushing gutters and downspouts, checking for possible loose or missing hardware, adjusting hangers, straps, and downspouts, and finally testing the gutters for good flow. While it is something that a homeowner could do and save a pretty amount, professional gutter cleaning provides these as well as other important services and is able to do the job safely and with the proper equipment.
DO IT YOURSELF – Cost-effective but not the best nor easy
On the cautious note, you should only attempt to clean your gutters if you’re confident in doing so and have a sturdy ladder. Otherwise, your wise decision should be to call in the professionals who would make quick and easy work of it and who are insured to do so.
This is the most common approach to cleaning out rain gutters because it doesn’t require any special equipment. All you need is a ladder, a bucket to put the muck you pull out of the gutters into, and some heavy-duty gloves to protect your hands while you are working. The approach here is pretty simple, you go up the ladder, reach into your rain gutter, and start to pull out anything you find in there.
Although cost-effective, the downside of this approach is that it’s going to be very labor-intensive. You will have to go up and down your ladder uncountable times, to go and empty the bucket on a regular basis. There really is no other way to make this method of cleaning out gutters any easier. Also, be prepared to find some fairly disgusting materials formed from a combination of leaves, dead insects, pine needles, dirt, and anything else that happens to end up in there.
Get a sturdy ladder and carry an empty bucket as you go up, work your way around the gutters, scooping out as much of the debris as possible with either gloved hands or a narrow garden trowel. Then, wash out the gutters with a hose, working from the end of the guttering towards the outlet. This will be a messy job so be prepared. Use a stiff brush to remove any stubborn grime.
Check if the water is flowing freely through the drain pipes, there may be an obstruction. In order to clear, try directing the hose down the pipe to try to dislodge it. If this doesn’t work, insert a plumber’s auger to clear any obstructions.
If the idea of crawling around the roof and clawing slimy gunk with a gloved hand makes you cringe to the core and procrastinate in every way, consider that there’s a better way to clean your gutters!
POWER TOOLS– Like a DIY but more unconventional
Using a leaf blower to clean your gutters prevent the need to remove debris by hand. The most upfront technique is to climb a sturdy ladder onto the roof and carefully walk along the edge, blowing the leaves out of the gutter as you go.
A safer method could be to use an extension kit. It enables the extension of the blower, curving your leaf blower’s reach, so you can clean the gutters while standing on the ground. You must wear goggles if you want to go for this method, as will be standing directly below all that gets blown out. This is one of the messy but effective methods so get prepared for debris to fall on you!
If the leaves are sticky and wet before you had the chance to clean it, the leaf blowers and air compressors are going to be more challenging to work with. In this case, a better method may be to use a power washer. Because of the force behind a high-pressure power washer, we recommend using a telescoping wand with a u-shaped attachment at the end so you can clean the gutters from ground level.
When you’re finished cleaning, the debris will litter the ground in every messy way possible. You can pick the slimy gunk up with a rake or gloved hands, or you can “sweep” it away with a water broom. Debris may end up on your siding, windows, and anything else underneath. Consider removing patio furniture, etc. and be prepared to power rinse your home afterward, if needed.
If you don’t want to pick up a mess on the ground after cleaning your gutters then do it all at once by vacuuming the gunk with a wet/dry vac. You can do this while standing on a ladder or, again, you can purchase an extension kit that allows you to reach the gutters. This method seems less messy and more effective but it is not going to be affordable.
PROFESSIONALS – Safe, easy and best way!
The prominence of performing gutter cleaning work cannot be exaggerated. While we recommend having our experts do it for you, you may be the type who loves DIY projects and you’d like to tackle gutter cleaning yourself. You can use any of the above ways for your personal reasons. However, with a busy lifestyle and planned weekend, it is an important task on your to-do list. If you would prefer to enjoy your weekend rather than get your hands dirty and all messy, let us take care of the cleaning for you. At DMV Exteriors,we ensure the job is done in a safe manner and make sure that everything is cleaned up after the job is completed. However, if you still prefer to do it on your own, consider these tips:
- Equip yourself with the right tools—including a sturdy ladder, putty knife/blade, and work gloves.
- Dress for the job. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants, and rubber gloves. Cleaning gutters is a dirty job.
- Use a good garden hose to test the gutters once they have been cleaned out completely.
- Know the areas of your gutter that are the most prone to clogging so you can plot your path.
- Do not ever use the gutters to support your weight and never hang anything from them.