Eavestrough cleaning may not be the first activity you want to do during the weekend, but it is essential in keeping your roof and house in top shape. The process gets harder when it’s drizzly or cold, but no matter what, you should never ignore or procrastinate. If you cannot handle it, hire professionals to clean the gutters for you.
Skipping cleaning the gutters can result in many problems, such as insect infestation, a cracking foundation, and water damage to the interior walls. All these are caused by water damage that results from clogging in the gutters. Even if you have gutter guards, cleaning is still mandatory. Leaf guards can prevent more debris from reaching the gutters, but some can still get stuck on them, prompting regular cleaning.
With the right gutter cleaning tools and tips, the work should not be too stressful. Below are some of the essential tools you should buy.
The debris you clear from the gutter should not be strewn all over the place, which is why a heavy-duty bucket is necessary. Tossing the debris to the ground will mean another cleaning routine; otherwise, you will have clean gutters and messy ground. It’s better to pick the bucket that would also be large enough to hold a lot of debris, so you don’t make several trips up and down the ladder you are using.
A good ladder is one of the essential elements in gutter cleaning. Standard ladders do not work because they may not have the same stability needed to complete the job safely. A basic ladder can still work, but it may not be long or sturdy enough for you to reach some sections of the gutter.
Suppose the ladder you have is not too steady. In that case, you will need a ladder stabilizer to enhance your safety. Instead of buying a new ladder, invest in a stabilizer that will work with multiple types of ladders and is easy to use. Several kinds of stabilizers exist at different prices for various preferences and needs.
Clearing the debris from the gutters is mostly done using hands, and that is where work gloves come in handy. For ultimate protection, they should be puncture-resistant. That is the only way to guarantee you will not be injured by sharp objects or rusty materials that could end up causing you an infection.
Check the reviews of any glove before buying. The good ones will have impressed more customers. Nitrile or rubber gloves may be the best option, but you should still consider several options.
Cleaning the exterior of a gutter is just as important as cleaning the inside. You have to scrub the surfaces properly, and that is where gutter smop comes in. Although regular cleaning brushes can still do the job, a smop will allow you to clean quickly without getting grease all over you.
Choose a smop that attaches easily to any extension pole and allows you to reach the further sections of the gutter without straining too much. Smops made with microfibers are also better because they are more durable yet soft enough to perform the task at hand.
After removing the leaves, twigs, and other debris from inside the gutters, you will have to clean the outside as well. A gutter cleaning agent will be able to remove all mildew, dust, and dirt from the exterior surfaces to ensure they are as clean as the outside. Choose a cleaner that will not corrode the gutter material but is still effective enough to eliminate the junk.
If you for any reason cannot or prefer not to climb a ladder, a leaf blower is a perfect tool to use. Just make sure the one you’ll get, can reach your gutter with your feet on the ground. Choose those sold in kits that contain multiple extension tubes, a nozzle, and shoulder straps. The kits can be bought separately, which means you will have to ensure they work with the leaf blower before spending your money on them. Read the specifications of the manufacturer and compare them to those on your leaf blower.
Note that leaf blowers are more effective with dry debris. If the gunk you want to remove is wet, the blower may not be sufficient to do the job properly.
Some areas of a gutter are usually hard to reach, even with the best ladder and stabilizer. However, when you have tools specifically designed to reach those places, your work becomes more effortless and can be completed within a short stretch time.
A gutter cleaning wand is one of the best tools to spend money on when looking for a cheaper and less time-consuming gutter cleaning option. The magic stick reaches difficult spots that your hand or regular tools would not be able to get to. The wands are usually extendable and can reach higher than their standard height, especially when attached to a garden hose or gutter cleaning hose attachment. Their nozzles also rotate, which makes it easier to clean the hidden places. If a lot of gunk has accumulated in the gutter, the wand may not produce enough pressure to clean it all unless used with a pressure washer.
A gutter scoop serves a more important role than a ladder and a bucket. These tools are made with more flexibility that allows them to reach hidden and difficult places like the gutter supports. They are different from regular scoops and are specifically designed for the gutter cleaning task. Using them does not require special skills or a lot of energy. They are very affordable and will most likely cost less than $10. Compare different brands by reading their reviews before buying any.
Whether you want to find out how to clean gutters from the ground, or you’re not afraid to climb a ladder to complete the job, these tools will be very beneficial. If you need professional help, D’Angelo and Sons is here for you. Our well-trained professionals will make sure your gutters look as good as new by the time we are done cleaning. We always go the extra mile for our clients and pay attention to every area and take note of every possible damage, no matter how small it may seem. For more information about our services, contact us today.