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Gutter Cleaning
Gutter Cleaning

Have you tried gutter cleaning?

It is not exactly the topmost in to-do lists of most homeowners, but like taxes, it cannot be avoided. Especially if you choose to live in tree-shaded home.

Leaves, dust, twigs and even dead insects and bigger animal dead bodies conspire to ensure that your gutters are clogged enough to let you swear under your breath.

Gutter cleaning can be back-breaking and frustrating, especially if you have been stuck for years using a hose, ladder and old rags. But hold your curses.

The less painful and modern way of doing it is get yourself a well-chosen pressure washer, a telescopic wand which could reach gutter level, an attachable gutter cleaner wand and trash bags--and the chore should disappear in no time. The money spent is not going down the drain.

Before you take the first aim, check first if the gutters are relatively clean; simple pressure washing might do the trick.

If you are taking first steps with these modern conveniences and you have a single-level house, start work at ground level. It’s completely safe while you get the feel slowly without using a ladder and scaffold. Once you feel more comfortable, move up to an elevated position.

While you’re happily shooting grime and leaves with your pressure washer telescopic wand, take time to troubleshoot your gutters for physical damages and potential problems. You might discover that the cause of weak rain flow through the down spouts is a crushed section, not debris. Simple preventive measures could save you hours of anguish later.

Gutter cleaning should be a ritual twice a year—in spring and fall.

If you haven’t done any buying yet, better choose a pressure washer that could also wash the car, remove the grime from your outdoor furniture set and blast away the mud from the garage floor. A good quality electric pressure washer capable of delivering water pressure of up to 2,000 PSI should fit all household cleaning jobs.

And yes, don’t forget to protect yourself. It is not only firefighters who need to wear gloves, protective mask and rubber-soled shoes.

Check that your pressure washer has no open wires, no loose parts and properly grounded. Take note of nearby overhead power lines!

How do you know you’ve done a fine job?

Simple. Train your hose at the roof and watch the cascading water down the drain. The flow should be smooth and unobstructed.

Don’t look now; your neighbor is looking at you with envy. He’ll borrow your equipment to do his own gutter cleaning.


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