If your home is being shaded by a big tree or a group of trees, then you are probably aware of how troublesome gutter cleaning is. The thing is gutter cleaning is one of the things that every homeowner should have accomplished at least once or twice a year, whether they hire somebody to do it for them or that they do it themselves. This is because if the gutter is filled with leaves, twigs, and other debris, the drain pipe and waterway will get blocked. This means that when it starts to rain, rainwater filling the gutter will have no way to go except towards the inside. If the wood of the inside ceiling gets wet, black colored molds are likely to grow, making the aesthetics of the home look unsightly.
The problem with gutter cleaning is that it is a troublesome task to do. It is not only a time-consuming chore, but it is also a back-breaking one at that. It is probably one of the chores you would want to do, but simply avoid doing it, particularly if you don’t have the right tools to accomplish the task much faster. The traditional way of cleaning gutters was climbing the roof, ladder, or scaffolds, and manually removing the filth stuck in the gutter with your hands. While you can wear rubber gloves to avoid any cuts when removing the filth, it still does not compensate the danger brought about by being perched up at roof level as any fall will lead to serious injury or even death.
Thanks to technological advancements and innovations, cleaning gutters has been made far easier thanks to the pressure washer. The best part is not only will you be able to accomplish the job much faster, but you will also be able to do it safely as your feet are firmly planted on terra firma.
Many pressure washer owners simply use their cleaning equipments for cleaning their cars, garages, driveways, and other stuff you can find near ground level. In fact, you will be amazed how much time their pressure washers spend on storage – nearly 80 percent of the time. However, with some investment on additional pressure washer accessories, you will be able to accomplish additional cleaning tasks such as cleaning the gutters of your home. Having the right gutter cleaning accessory will enable you to accomplish your cleaning task safer and in less time, making the investment very much worth it as you will find it useful for such tasks for many years to come. In fact, with these additional accessories, not only will you be able to use it for cleaning your gutters, but you may also find the gutter cleaning nozzle useful when cleaning unexposed areas of your vehicles such as wheel wells and engine undersides. The telescoping wand on the other hand will help you spray clean elevated areas without having to bring any ladder or assemble and scaffoldings.
The very reason why gutters need to be cleaned at least once or twice a year is that clogged gutters can create costly damage to your home. If they are not cleaned properly or regularly, the downspouts of the gutter will get clogged leaving you with impending overflowing of water going inside the outer ceiling. Gutters serve two purposes – to carry rainwater from the roof to the downspouts, and as aesthetics. This simply means that if your gutters get clogged, not only will it not be able to serve its main purpose, but it can also potentially destroy the aesthetics as well.
Remember, if the gutter is clogged and the rain has soaked the leaves and other debris inside the gutter, the added weight may pull the gutter away from your roofing. In addition, the continuously wet debris trapped in the gutter may corrode the material creating soft spots as well as leaks. This is not only unwanted costly damage, but the hassle of also trying to get someone to repair it for you during your busy work hours is unacceptable. This type of problem can be avoided with the right tools and if you have the time to do it. Since this no longer involves the traditional type of cleaning gutters, perhaps homeowners with pressure washers can spare a few of their precious time in helping to keep the gutters of their home clean.
The safest way of cleaning gutters is the use of a pressure washer with a telescoping wand and gutter cleaning nozzle attachment. The telescoping wand is basically a wand that stretches or extends up to 24 feet. This allows you to reach elevated spaces without having the need to climb up ladders or scaffolds, making it much safe as you do not need to worry about falling over.
Telescoping wands are available in a variety of models and can fit most pressure washers. If not, you can use easily available adaptors for your hardware connection. Telescoping wands can operate at temperatures of 195° - 200° F, PSI ratings of up to 4000, and a flow rate of up to 8 GPM. Since telescoping wands weigh a good 12-13 lbs, they often come with a belt attachment to help your hand carry some of the weight off with your body.
The gutter cleaning nozzle attachment on the other hand can bend, twist, and turn up to 90° allowing you to direct the highly pressurized stream of water inside the gutter. This blasts away the leaves, twigs, bird droppings, and other debris trapped inside the gutter either towards the downspout or outside of the gutter. It is preferable however that the debris be blasted out of the gutter instead of inside the downspout as the downspout may in turn get clogged with the debris. After removing any debris from the gutters, it is advised to concentrate washing from the top of the downspout to dislodge any blockages that may have occurred during the cleaning process. Try to do this will all of the downspouts you have to ensure that no downspout is clogged.
As a homeowner, the benefits of having your own pressure washer are innumerable. As long as you have the time and imagination on what type of cleaning you want to do, you will be able to save a lot of money because you no longer need to hire cleaning crews to do the task for you.