Five Ways to Clean Gutters from the Ground
"Oh good, it's time to clean the gutters!" said no one ever.
But you can't skip it. Gutters do more than collect water. Gutters protect the roof, walls, foundation, and landscaping when they properly channel rainwater.
By: Gutter Sense
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice per year, once in the spring and fall. If you have pine trees, you're looking at every three months, as needles can clog gutters and downspouts.
Gutter cleaning from the ground
Every year, thousands of homeowners are injured in ladder accidents, making gutter cleaning one of the most dangerous household tasks.
In addition to safety, there are other advantages to cleaning gutters from the ground. For example, you can work faster without needing to moving a ladder every few feet.
Of course, there are disadvantages. It can be difficult to get gutters clean this way without the right tool.
Best tool for cleaning gutters from the ground
There are five tools that can be used:
Which of these work?
A wet-dry vacuum makes clean-up easier—no messy leaves or gunk.
Cons: It's difficult to get the attachment to your gutters without a ladder. There are extensions but they can be unwieldy or may not fit your vacuum.
Hose with attachment
Every homeowner has a hose. Attachments of various sizes are available.
Cons: Success depends on water pressure, reach, and the debris in the gutters. It's also easy to get soaked and make a mess.
If you have a power washer, there are flusher attachments and extensions.
Cons: High water pressure makes cleaning more effective—but prepared to be soaked and have a big clean-up job.
Another common piece of equipment many homeowners have, and some come with gutter cleaning attachments.
Cons: Depending on the type of attachment, you may need to climb a ladder. Leaf blowers can blow the mess all over, meaning a bigger clean-up.
Best gutter cleaning tool
What's the best option? We think it's Gutter Sense, a lightweight, easy-to-use tool that attaches to any standard 12- to 20-foot extension pole. Why?