5 Quick Tips To Help You In Gutter Cleaning

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the business, here are five quick tips to help you tackle your next gutter cleaning job.

1) Check for maintenance work and other repairs

It’s easy to focus on the gutters, but it’s a good idea to clean the roof and check for any other maintenance work that requires attention. By keeping a clean roof, you will significantly reduce the amount of debris that will enter your gutters and thus make gutter cleaning more accessible and efficient.

Even if there aren’t many leaves and other debris in your gutters, it is advisable to clear the roof still, as it’s a lot easier to do so from the start than to try and get up there after you’ve finished gutters.

2) Pay attention to the Siding

Another aspect of your house that you need to check is the siding. The dirt from the gutters usually ends up being washed away by rain, and as a result, the house’s original colour is no longer visible. To ensure that this does not happen, it is better that you power wash your gutters regularly.

Use a ladder to get to the top of your gutters, and then use a gutter cleaning rake to remove any debris that has built up.

3) Use Efficient Cleaning Equipment 

The pressure washer is by far the most effective cleaning device there is. It would be best if you got at least a heavy-duty washer with a spring-powered vacuum cleaner, and I’d go as far as to say it’s worth spending the extra cash for an electric one as well.

4) Streamline the Cleaning Process

Two things can make a lot of difference when it comes to cleaning your gutter: The materials you use and the way you clean. Angled spray lances are ideal for use when working on hard-to-reach areas. 

Use a slow spray between 2-4 inches apart to coat the entire area evenly. Be careful not to overspray, or you may create pockets of water that could easily collapse when you try to get them down. If any gutter sections remain wet after spraying, leave them alone for 5-10 minutes before moving on to the next part of the task.

5) Finalize the different Cleaning Tasks

Gutter cleaning is a residential task, so particular concerns apply to this type of work. There are two basic types of maintenance, spot cleaning and trimming. While spot cleaning can involve spraying a thin layer of foam across the entire gutter, you should also consider using an angled spray lance to spread the foam across smaller areas and to cover up mounds of dirt that have started to form. Trimming the branches as they grow in height can also help keep the gutter looking clean and maintained.

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