Keeping your gutters clean is an essential part of maintaining your home. Clogged gutters can…
Hi, I’m Brandon with Clearly Amazing.
Today I want to answer the question – what are the most common techniques for gutter cleaning?
Wait – not all gutter cleanings are done the same? No! In fact, technique #2 might surprise you!
The first and most common technique is using air or water power. Using a blower, an air compressor, or pressure washer – a technician will blow or blast out all the debris down onto the ground. This method can be a good choice during dry months when the debris is easy to pick up off the ground afterward. However – when the gutters are full of water, mud & sludge during the wetter months: the mess left over can be huge!
The second technique can be using a high-powered vacuum to suck out debris from the gutters. This is usually done from the ground with long carbon fiber poles and an angled attachment, while a technician walks underneath the gutters and directs the vacuum down into the gutter. However – it is difficult to get 100% of the debris out with a vacuum, and clearing out the downspouts are not always possible with a vacuum. This technique is certainly the safest and quickest with a technician cleaning from the ground – however, it can not be used on all homes.
The third technique is hand-scooping out the debris and placing it directly into bags. This technique takes more time but minimizes the amount of additional clean-up that is needed with the other methods. Being right up on the gutter while cleaning allows a technician to clear out downspouts easily and thoroughly, and allows them to inspect for defects in the gutter system.
Every home is different, and depending on the seasons – all 3 techniques mentioned can be used properly with the right experience. Really the downspouts being clear is the most important part. Otherwise, the gutters can be clean, but they overflow anyways.
Thank you again for reading – I hope you have a fantastic day!