4 Tools to Make Gutter Cleaning Easier

Do you tend to put off gutter cleaning because of the time and mess involved, and yet you don’t want to pay a gutter cleaning service to do it for you? If you dread climbing a ladder to clean the muck out of gutters and downspouts, there are many tools to make the job easier – and possibly even eliminate the need for a ladder!

  1. Gutter brooms. This extension tool includes a grabber, broom and dustpan. While you will still need to use a ladder to access gutters, the pole extends your reach and reduces the number of times you need to climb up and down the ladder. The grabber can also tackle wet and heavy debris.
  2. Gutter vacuum. Get the job done without ever leaving the ground. This method allows you to suck up leaves or blow them out using high pressure from extension wands attached to your shop vac or leaf blower. Curved attachments can curl over the edge of the gutter to suck debris into a bag or vacuum. If you choose to blow leaves out of the gutter, you will also have to clean them off the ground.
  3. Gutter flusher. Air alone can’t clean wet, heavy debris out of the bottom of the gutter trough. That’s where gutter flushers come in handy. Attach the extension wand to the end of your garden hose to rinse out gutters. For more heavy-duty cleaning, combine the attachments with a pressure washer.
  4. Gutter Helmet®. The best gutter cleaning tool is the one that keeps everything out in the first place! Gutter Helmet features a patented nose-forward design with no vertical openings for leaves, pine needles and other debris to get through, so you can eliminate the chore of gutter cleaning altogether.

After more than 30 years, Gutter Helmet now protects millions of American homes. To find out more about this convenient gutter protection system and schedule a free, no-obligation appointment, please call 1.800.916.7344

Why Gutter Screens Might Be More Hassle Than Cleaning Out Gutters

Most homeowners know that their rain gutters should be regularly cleaned of leaves and other debris to prevent water runoff from backing up. When this happens, the heavy weight of water can pull the gutters away from the fascia or water may spill over the edge, causing potential damage to siding, windows and door, landscaping and the foundation.

You should inspect and clean your gutter and downspout system twice per year to be sure it’s not clogged. If you want to spend less time cleaning your gutters, gutter guards are a great option to consider. Just don’t expect that all gutter guards will be maintenance-free.

Even if you don’t have trees in your own yard, some wind-blown debris will inevitably collect on top of your gutter guards. This situation is preferable to cleaning handfuls of soggy leaves, twigs and dirt out of clogged gutters. However, some gutter guards are more difficult to clean than gutters themselves! Case in point: the gutter screen.

Different gutter screens feature either a louvered (slotted) metal cover, a perforated metal cover or a mesh screen that fits under shingles. This type of cover is generally effective at blocking leaves and large debris from entering the gutter, but seedlings, pods and pine needles will either penetrate the screen or become stuck in the openings – rendering the gutter screen useless. This may also leave you with the unpleasant dilemma of how to clean thousands of seeds or needles out of the gutter screen installation.

Choose your gutter guard system wisely. Your gutter guard should make your job easier, not create another problem to solve. That’s why Gutter Helmet® has been America’s gutter guard of choice for more than 30 years. Its patented solid cover allows rainwater to flow freely while keeping out all types of debris to give you peace of mind – and clean gutters.