How To Clean Gutters

Ladder and Gloves

A person can clean gutters using just a ladder and a pair of gloves. The ladder should be positioned just below the gutter to avoid damage to the gutter. The person may choose whether or not to bring a bag up to the gutters with them or plan to instead drop the debris to the ground for later collection. The gloves one should use to clean gutters should be durable work or garden gloves to prevent injury to hands from unknown debris in the gutter such as twigs or sticks. Once at the gutter the cleaner should simply scoop debris from the gutter with gloved hands. There is a gutter cleaning kit with everything you will need.

Leaf Blowers

Faster than just using one’s hands, a leaf blower is an alternative tool for cleaning gutters. They may special leaf blower attachments specifically for cleaning out gutters. Cleaning gutters with a leaf blower can be more time-efficient and the cleaner can reduce the risk of damage to their hands. There are risks associated with using a leaf blower to clear gutters. The person who decides to use a leaf blower will have to navigate a ladder while carrying the leaf blower in order to reach the gutters. Another issue with using a leaf blower to clean gutters is the necessary electric supply. The combination of a ladder and extension cord can present risks to the cleaner.

Garden Hose

If the person does not feel comfortable lifting a leaf blower while climbing a ladder, a garden hose would be a practical alternative. Using a garden hose also has the advantage of keeping the cleaner’s hands out of the gutters. A garden hose with a spray nozzle will effectively clear the gutters of most debris. It may be necessary for the cleaner to go over areas cleared by the hose with a cloth to remove saturated debris. When using a hose it may also be necessary to purchase extensions to reach all areas. An advantage to using a hose is the cleaner will be able to identify areas of the gutter that may be leaking.

Pressure Washer

If the cleaner would rather not use a ladder to clean the gutters, then a pressure washer with an extendable lance is a great option. Many hardware and home improvement stores rent pressure washers at nominal charges and provide all of the necessary equipment. As with a hose, damages to the gutter may be found while using a pressure washer. The cleaner should be aware that if the gutters being cleared are already damaged, a pressure washer could cause more damage if used improperly.