Clogged gutters can mean money down the drain -literally. Overflowing gutters flood basements, damage the foundation while stagnant water invites pests and algae. Addressing these issues can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. A better way to keep these issues away is to clean your gutter regularly.
Here are the different ways of cleaning gutters. Not all these methods are created equal. While some are slower and safer, others are messier and more fun!
6 Best Ways To Clean Your Gutters
Shop Vac – The Shop-Vac® comes with many attachments that make it easy for you to reach clogged portions and vacuum out gutter gunk from the ground. Stubborn dirt may need a spray of water before it is vacuumed.
Clean by hand – You will need work gloves, a bucket, a ladder, a garden trowel or a gutter scoop. Just scoop out debris and place it in the bucket. Flush the downspout and gutter with water to make sure it is functioning properly.
Hose out – Gutters that are not completely clogged can be cleaned easily with a garden hose. Make sure you have the right attachment for the hose such as a curved end on a rigid tube that allows you to work from the ground.
Pressure Wash – A pressure washer can also be used from the ground to get rid of gutter debris. Telescoping wand and cleaning attachments allow you to reach inside and around the gutter to efficiently remove debris.
Looj Method – This is a remote-controlled robotic device that cleans the gutter when placed inside it. The robot’s cleaning tool moves on its rubberized tracks to break up clogs and debris with an augur that has spinning blades in the front.
Blower Method – A leaf blower with a nozzle attachment is ideal for gutter cleaning as it releases a thin stream of air. You will need a ladder to use this tool to blow out clogs as you go.
For complicated rooflines or severely blocked gutters, calling a professional is highly recommended. Gutter cleaning professionals have the right tools and equipment that ensure the process is safe, fast, and effective.