1. Pull debris toward you with a plastic gutter scoop
2. Vacuum debris up out of gutter
Seems pretty easy to clean gutters huh? Well it is not. It’s a lot of hard, awkward work since you will have to use a ladder to reach your gutters.
We always recommend hiring a professional who has many years experience with working on ladders. Ladder work is not for the faint of heart. You can injure yourself if you were to fall, so please be extremely cautious and take your time if you plan on cleaning your own gutters.
Of course, you can always request a free estimate here if you wish to hire us. We offer more than just gutter cleaning as you can see on our home page.
We serve many cities of lower mainland, BC including:
When cleaning gutters, there are 2 sides to the coin. The inside clean and the outside wash.
Here is a list of basic tools and equipment you will need to get the job done effectively. After the list of tools are the how-to steps for vacuuming and washing gutters and eaves trough inside + out.
Tools for inside cleaning:
Bucket (with a hook on the handle to hang it from the gutter)
A gutter scoop (thin enough to scrape the inside bottom of the gutter)
An extension pole
A powerful wet/dry vacuum is recommended (6+ HP)
50-75 feet of vacuum hose to reach from the ground to the roof of most homes
Roofer’s safety harness
Insurance is always recommended when going on roofs (check local laws)
How to clean inside gutters:
*** Make sure you are harnessed when climbing any ladder or accessing roofs. Always comply with safety laws and keep your disability/accident insurance up to date. ***
Set up your ladder so the stabilizers are resting above the gutter on the roof (start near a downspout).
Place your rag and scoop inside bucket and hang it from the gutter.
Turn on the vacuum and bring the hose up to your work area.
If gutters are full of debris, scoop out the excess into your bucket first (especially large debris that can clog your vacuum hose).
Next vacuum any remaining loose debris(You can usually slide the hose quite far).
If the vacuum misses anything, place a damp rag inside and slide it down the gutter using your pole to push it. (It will wipe it clean as it slides)
Work from the higher ones to the lower ones, repeat steps 1-6 until you’re done.
Tools for outside washing:
100 feet of garden hose
Liquid mixer sprayer
Water fed brush extension pole (30 feet minimum)
Industrial cleaning solution (get the strongest liquid cleaning agent you can find at your local hardware store or cleaning supplier)
How to wash the exteriors:
Pour industrial cleaning solution into liquid mixer sprayer.
Connect liquid mixer sprayer to your garden hose.
Connect garden hose to water tap and turn it on.
Spray the cleaning solution onto the exterior gutters. (adjust sprayer accordingly)
Saturate all exterior areas with cleaning solution.
Connect water fed brush extension pole to water hose and tap.
Extend pole to reach.
Turn on water tap.
Scrub and rinse all outside gutters.
The tools and methods used for outside gutter washing can be applied to siding washing as well. If you liked this article, please click the ‘like’ button and/or click the social share buttons below. Anything you would like to add to this post? What tools and methods do you utilize for cleaning gutters? We would love to hear your comments. Please share your comments with us below this post. Thank you for visiting. William 🙂
This is a question I have been hearing a lot lately. As we move into spring and summer months, most reputable businesses in lower mainland, British Columbia end up booking up one to two or even more months ahead. It can be very difficult to find a company that has immediate openings in their schedule.
This is actually a good thing because when a company is fully booked for at least a month in advance, you know they must do great work since they are in high demand.
If you find yourself calling last minute to find a company that can do next day or within the week service, prepare to be disappointed. There is a secret to hiring the company you really want to take care of your home maintenance services such as:
The secret to get the company you really want is to call to schedule your appointment well in advance. Ultimately the best time to schedule your appointment will be in the winter months. This is typically the slow time in this industry and ideally the best time to call.
December, January and February would be the ultimate time to contact your service provider, since it typically begins getting very busy into March.
Another great thing you can do to secure your spot with your home maintenance company of choice would be to agree on a home maintenance schedule. Whether you choose to schedule a monthly, quarterly or yearly appointment, it is always highly recommended to make sure your home environment stays clean and free of unsightly algae, moss and dirt buildup by scheduling your appointment well in advance.
Whether you choose us as your service provider or not, we can definitely say from experience that whomever you decide to call will appreciate your not calling last second expecting immediate service. When clients call well in advance especially during winter months, we would love to hear from you and secure your appointment well in advance.