The role of a gutter system is to keep water away from your home. However, for the system to do its job properly, the gutters need to be free of dirt and debris, as this may be clogging the system from allowing the water to flow freely. Regularly cleaning gutters will allow you to be sure that your system is working optimally. Let’s discuss how to clean gutters, safely and thoroughly. We will make some suggestions on using gutter cleaning tools that will make the job easier.
First, we need to access the state of your gutters and determining if you have any blockages. Next, finding out what is causing the clogs. Clearing twigs and dry leaves is easy, but if dirt or organic matter like seedlings are obstructing the flow, a more aggressive removal technique will be necessary.
If it has been a while since you last spent time clearing downspouts and cleaning gutters, using heavier tools to clean may become necessary. The longer debris sits and builds up, the more difficult it will be to flush the area clear. There are a variety of techniques homeowners can use to clear out their gutters. By using gutter cleaning tools, it will make the process a bit easier.
Gutter Cleaning Tools:
Leaf BlowersWet/Dry VacuumPressure WasherLeaf Blower Gutter AttachmentGarden HoseBy Hand
Gutter Cleaning Steps:
Step 1: Start at the downspout, clear the area and make sure nothing is obstructing the flow of the water being released from there. Check for any clogs, feed a hose up the downspout or snake to clear the blockage. Clean the downspout strainers thoroughly.
Step 2: Grab a pair of gloves, a trowel and bucket to remove larger debris, such as leaves, twigs, etc. from your gutters.
Step 3: Flush the gutter length with a garden hose at the opposite end of where the downspout is. Removing all leaves and twigs before flushing the finer materials towards the downspout is essential. This will prevent large debris from getting stuck inside of the downspout.
Alternately, if the job isn’t getting done by hand, bringing in your heavy duty gutter cleaning tools may be necessary. For example, using a pressure washer gutter cleaner to flush out your downspouts will be the quickest. However, it will get messy and you need to be careful not to damage your gutters. You’ll need to rinse your roof off as well as the exterior walls of your home afterwards.
Professional Gutter Cleanings:
While gutter cleaning is a popular DIY house chore, trusting the professionals is always best. Any job that involves getting on a ladder can be dangerous. You also want to make sure you’re being mindful of your property and landscape around the gutters. Cleaning your gutters twice a year is a hassle as a homeowner. The Brothers that just do Gutters are happy to help you with your yearly cleanings. We can even install gutter guards is you are sick of gutter cleanings.
Installing Gutter Guards:
We highly recommend installing gutter guards. Adding them to your existing system will greatly reduce the need for having to do a gutter cleaning. While no product is 100% maintenance free, gutter guards will prevent the need for interior cleanings.
It is important to understand that gutter cleanings play a pivotal role in the functionality of your entire gutter system. As a homeowner, you may want to DIY this project, however, we are here to inform you that we offer both gutter cleaning services as well as gutter guard installations. By choosing to install gutter guards through The Brothers that just do Gutters, you’ll receive a free gutter cleaning with installation. Contact us today for your free estimate!
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