Gutter cleaning : It's one of those jobs that have us groaning before we even take the ladder out of the garage, but it's necessary nonetheless. Leaves, sticks, bugs and twigs all do their part to clog our gutters and downspouts leaving our homes vulnerable to water damage.
But before you resign yourself to your fate and grab up all of your old rags, a broom and the garden hose, you should know that there is an easy and quick way to clean your gutters. That's right, you can leave a ladder in your storage, and all you will need is a pressure washer, a telescoping wand and an attachable gutter cleaner wand , and possibly a couple of trash bags and you're set for the gutter cleaning chore that won't leave you pulling your hair out.
Since the majority of gutters become clogged when debris like falling leaves get caught in them, you should first check the top portions of your gutter system to remove any excess debris. If your gutters are relatively clear with no large masses of debris, you will need to do nothing at this point; the pressure washer will be able to take care of all of it for you.
The next step to gutter cleaning with a pressure washer is to clean your downspouts. You can do this by removing any debris that may be found around the base of your downspout and putting it into a trash bag. Then, take the pressure washer and direct a stream of water with a high GPM through the downspout. When you see that the water is running freely out of the downspouts, you can move on to the rest of the gutters.
Now all you have to do is wash the debris that is left in the gutters down through the downspouts with the pressure washer. Clean the debris from around the base of your downspouts once again and wipe down the outside of your gutters with a cleaning cloth.
Gutter cleaning should be done twice a year, in the spring and fall. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may want to clean your gutters twice in the fall.