Of all the maintenance tasks that homeowners must carry out, cleaning the gutters may be the most dreaded of all. Tedious though this task may be, it is imperative not to neglect it, or better yet, install Rhino Gutter Guards so you don’t need to do it all. (More on that later!)
There are a variety of ways to clean gutters, but which is the quickest? Let’s see!
Why Clean Gutters are so Important
Gutters are a vital component of your home. They collect rainwater as it falls on your roof and diverts it through downspouts away from your home’s foundation. Without gutters, water can damage the foundation, ruin landscaping, and cause a whole host of problems.
Though gutters typically require little upkeep to function well, they can get clogged with debris which can cause water to spill out over the top of the gutter channel and fall to the ground below.
Sometimes, clogged gutters can get so heavy that they will detach from the house altogether.
Gutter Cleaning Safety
Teetering on a ladder while trying to scoop leaves out of the gutters is NOT the safest way to get the job done. The good news is that there are several ways to clean your gutters while keeping both feet on the ground.
If you have to use a ladder to clean your gutters, don’t use a stepladder, as they are prone to tipping if you get off balance. Instead, use a sturdy extension ladder and have a helper stand at the base to help stabilize it.
Never attempt to climb on your roof to clean your gutters, it is not worth the risk.
Cleaning Gutters from the Ground
Cleaning gutters from the ground is effective, safe, and fast. The most common ways to clean your gutters from the ground require a garden house, a wet/dry vacuum, and maybe a couple of handy attachments.
Cleaning with a Garden Hose
As long as your gutters aren’t clogged, it is relatively quick and easy to clean your gutters from the ground with a garden hose with a telescopic water-fed pole or another kind of water-fed tube that has a curved end.
Start at the end of the nearest downspout and spray out the entire channel length of the gutters, and then work your way back to the downspout.
Water, leaves, and small twigs may spray over the side of the gutter, so make sure to dress appropriately.
Using a Wet/Dry Vacuum
Another way to remove debris from the gutters is to use a wet/dry vacuum equipped with a long hose and served attachments to reach the gutters from ground level.
Once you have removed the debris from the gutters, flush them with water from the garden hose to ensure that they are clear.
Cleaning with a Power Washer
Though this method may require the use of a ladder, you can quickly blast away debris with the fine-spray nozzle of your power washer.
Simply put the nozzle down the hole and rinse the channel until water runs freely through it.
Preventing Clogged Gutters
Instead of spending one of your precious days off cleaning your gutters, you can greatly reduce the frequency of needing to clean your gutters or forgo it altogether by installing Rhino Gutter Guards. Our patented gutter guards allow rainwater to drain through the fine stainless-steel screen while blocking debris like leaves, twigs, pollen, and dirt from making its way into your gutters and clogging them.
Say Goodbye to Gutter Cleaning
Ready to say goodbye to the dreaded task of gutter cleaning? That’s why we designed our Rhino Gutter Guards! Contact our team at the Rhino Gutter Company for a gutter guard installation quote today at (888) 407-4466!