Gutter cleaning tools that will change the way you clean.
While cleaning your gutters is something of a “necessary evil”, doing it twice a year is much better than dealing with the consequences of a bad clog and gutter damage. Most people choose to tackle this chore in the spring and fall. You may have to do it even more often if you have several trees on your property that drop leaves and branches into your gutters.
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Regardless of when you decide to clean the gutters, it’s important to have the right tools available before you start the job to make the work as simple and fast as possible. You don’t want to climb the latter and start working only to discover that you don’t have the items you need. Here are 5 suggestions of tools that will make your gutter cleaning easy:
1. CREATE YOUR OWN TOOLS
While gutter cleaning is a time consuming chore, it doesn’t have to be an expensive one. You don’t even have to go out and buy new equipment in most cases. For example, you can remove built-up debris from your gutters with a metal angle fastened to the end of a long pole. A metal brace attached to a broom handle is usually all you need to pull the leaves, branches, and other items out of your gutters.
Once the tool is assembled, pull the debris towards you and then use a wire brush to finish scraping the gutters. You can place the refuse in a plastic bag or swipe it onto a tarpon the ground below. This will prevent damage to your lawn and make cleanup easy.
2. THE HANDY GARDEN HOSE
A common garden hose helps to wash away any particles you may have missed while scraping out the gutters. You will want to attach a spray nozzle to the end of the hose before blasting the gutters with water. Be sure to spray both ends of the gutter first to ensure that a corner doesn’t become clogged with debris right away.
3. PLUMBER’S SNAKE FOR DOWNSPOUTS
If you find that the downspout is clogged, you can attempt to clear the blockage with the spray hose. If the water pressure fails to loosen the debris inside, you may need to use a plumber’s snake to clear the path. Unfortunately, you will need to take the downspout apart for manual cleaning if either of these methods fails to work.
4. SCRAPE THE GUTTERS CLEAN WITH A PUTTY KNIFE
After you have done all of this work cleaning your gutters, it’s possible that you can find rust beginning to form. To get rid of the rust, carefully scrape it away with a putty knife. Once you have finished that, continue rubbing away the rust with a wire brush and then apply a single thin coat of roofing cement to prevent it from coming back.
5. USE SANDPAPER FOR THE FINAL STEP
To keep your gutters looking attractive until the next cleaning, sand them until you can see the bare material underneath. Next, apply a few paints of coat and allow your gutters to dry. Lastly, apply two separate coats of roofing cement to the gutters for a strong protective finish. A fresh coat of paint and a good sealant, combined with regularly cleaning (yes, the outside too!) the gutters will keep them in good working order and looking sharp for years to come.
While some types of gutters, such as clog-free gutters, need less maintenance than others, these simple tools can help you avoid serious damage to your roof, the exterior of your home, and make your gutters last longer. If you don’t have the tools at home and you don’t want to invest in them yourself, you can also hire a professional to do the job for you.
If your gutters need maintenance, you’re looking to upgrade your gutter system or you just want to learn more about controlling water around your home, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma.