Gutter Cleaning Tools - A Look at Gutter Cleaning Tool Choices
While leaves in your house gutters can be a chronic issue year round, during the fall they can be a serious problem. All that beautiful fall foliage ends up in the gutter clogging things up and preventing the gutters from performing their made purpose.
There are a number of choices in gutter cleaning tools that you as a homeowner can take advantage of, and each has its pros and cons. Here is a look at your gutter cleaning tool choices.
Robot Gutter Cleaners
Of course you can get a ladder and climb up to simply scoop out the gutters on your home. But most of us are much more comfortable with both feet planted firmly on terra firma, or in some cases we simply can't reach a second story gutter. So most of these tools have some type of extension that increases your reach greatly.
One thing to be sure to do is after the gutter is cleaned is to make sure that the downspouts are not blocked, and it is prudent to put one of the screens or traps in the downspout to keep leaves and debris from going down and clogging it pretty badly. iRobot makes a gutter cleaning robot. It will clean up to 80 feet of gutter, but under ideal conditions. It's small enough it can go under gutter straps, but won't fall down downspout holes. It's battery operated and it runs with a remote control. Check out the reviews on Amazon before you buy to make sure it will work in your application.
Gutter Cleaners from Amazon
Traditional Gutter Cleaning Tools
The Gutter Grabber acts as a scoop, something like a broom and dustpan. You push the debris towards the grabber, and take it out by lifting it out.
One type of tool will attach to a power vacuum. These usually have a longer extension with a J shaped end which hooks into the gutter itself, and the tubes are a larger diameter than most and will try to vacuum the material up. Sometimes very wet materials can clog these up.
In contrast to the vacuum powered attachments, there are cleaner attachments for your power washer. These will help blast the material out of the gutter, the downside of that approach is that it can make quite a mess if there is a lot of debris. For any of these gutter cleaning tools it's a good idea to check the reviews to make sure they work for you. You want to be sure they reach as high as you need, and will work with any extra equipment you have on hand like a vacuum or a power washer.
So Your Gutters Are Clear - How About A Rain Barrel?
If you are a gardener, you can use your debris from your gutters and put it in your compost pile. Secondly, you can purchase a rain barrel to catch the rain from your clean gutters. Both of these options are second nature in our household and we enjoy conserving resources such as yard waste and rainwater.
We have our rain barrel hooked up on the north end of our home gutters accessible to both the front and back yards. Rain barrels come with a spigot so you can hook up a hose. Unless you have a constant full barrel, the pressure is not very high so it may be difficult to use the hose. We use a watering can for our purposes. It can sometimes be monotonous walking to the front porch display of plants or our backyard garden, but we enjoy knowing the plants are watered by Mother Nature instead of city water.
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