Top 5 Best Tools for Cleaning Your Gutters
Gutters are a main line of defense for protecting your home from storms, and allowing them to be clogged full of leaves and other debris can lead to serious problems, including water damage to your roof and foundation seepage.
Here are the tools you need to clean your gutters and keep your downspout flowing freely:
1. A Sturdy Ladder
Choose an extension ladder that’s at least three feet taller than your gutter line so you’ll be able to stand high enough to look down into your gutters without going past the top three rungs. It’s also a good idea to purchase a wide stabilizer bar that will allow your ladder to rest against the roof without crushing lightweight aluminum gutters.
2. Flexible Work Gloves
Wear flexible gloves to protect your hands from unexpectedly sharp pine needles or branches when cleaning your gutters to avoid cuts. A good pair will fit snugly but allow full movement so you can scoop out the gunk by the fistful. Good gloves will also protect you from bacteria and diseases, especially if you find unsavory evidence of birds or animals up there.
3. A Tarp or Dropcloth
Once you start grabbing handfuls of leaves and debris, your work will go faster if you just drop it to the ground. Cover your work area with a tarp, plastic sheeting, or painter’s cloth to catch the junk and make it easy to dump into the trash when you finish.
4. A Plumbing Snake
For stubborn clogs where your gutters meet your downspouts, try using a plumber’s snake to break through the debris and pull it back out. This flexible solution is especially useful anywhere you have to work around a curve or elbow in a downspout. Once you break through, try using a house to blast water through and dislodge the rest.
5. A Pressure Washer Nozzle
Blasting through tough clogs and rinsing off unsightly mildew and moss is much easier with a little help from your garden hose. Add a high-powered spray nozzle to get the most power — just be careful to use this inside the gutter so you don’t dent the metal or accidentally remove the paint from your siding.
With these five tools, cleaning your gutters might not be fun, but it will be efficient and easy. For more information on gutter tools, contact San Antonio’s gutter installation and repair team at American Hill Country Gutters.