Gutter cleaning is a necessary evil, if you will, of home ownership. Unless you have a gutter cleaning prevention system, like Leaf Slugger, you will need to keep your home’s gutters clean to prevent water damage, mold, rot, and other issues that are expensive to resolve. For many people, the idea of gutter cleaning conjures images of precariously balancing on a ladder, scrapping debris out of the gutter system. Although gutter cleaning is never a fun task, it can be easier than you might imagine. Using your pressure washer will cut down on the time that the gutter cleaning process takes while keeping you safer by eliminating the need for a ladder.
When using your power washer to clean your gutters, keep the following in mind:
- You will need a telescoping wand and a gutter cleaning wand to use your power washer to clean your gutters. These are investments that will make the process easier, so they are well worth it.
- Make sure that you use a soap or detergent that is compatible with the project. Ask a customer service representative at your local home store which is best for the materials of your home and gutter system.
- When cleaning, start with the soffits. Starting at the bottom and working your way up, though counter intuitive, will prevent streaking and, ultimately, clean your gutters and siding more thoroughly.
- Before starting, check your gutters for any loose or cracked pieces. A stable gutter system can withstand a power washer; however, if pieces are loose or cracked the pressure washer may create more damage.
If you are ready to cross gutter cleaning off of your to-do list forever, consider investing in the Leaf Slugger gutter cleaning prevention system. Leaf Slugger keeps debris out of your gutters, allowing the water to flow away from your home and completely eliminating the need to clean your gutter system.