Gutter Cleaning Options

Cleaning your house gutters is one of those necessary evils; it’s a chore which must be done in order for the gutters to do their job properly. Fortunately, there are gutter cleaning options that allow you to choose the cleaning method that works best for you.

Robot Gutter Cleaning

Nothing like keeping both feet planted firmly on the ground while someone or something else does the gutter cleaning for you. A robot called Looj will clean all the leaves and other debris out of the house gutters while you sit in your lawn chair and watch. An eye must be kept on the Looj while it’s working and the robot will set you back a few bucks, but the Looj gets the job done.

Hire a Pro

If a robot is too impersonal for your taste, hire a live human for your gutter cleaning task. This is an especially good idea if you have a tall home, or have commercial gutter cleaning needs. Before hiring anyone to come to your home for the job, do your research. Ask family and friends for recommendations and/or ask at your local home improvement or hardware stores for recommendations of local gutter cleaners. When you have narrowed down your search to a couple of companies or individuals, check with the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints. Ask the company or individual for references and give those references a call to see if they were satisfied with the work that was done.

DIY Cleaning Tools

If you want to clean the gutters yourself, there are several power tools available to make the job go smoothly and efficiently. A variety of power tools are on the market that will fit onto a water hose, leaf blower or shop vac and allow you to remain on the ground while using them. Prices and performance vary greatly and you’ll need to do your research to find the cleaning tool that is best for you.

Hand Cleaning

Nothing like getting your hands dirty in a DIY home project, and sometimes that’s the best way to remove clogs from guttering. A sturdy ladder, gloves and a stick are the hand tools needed for the basic DIY approach.  A bucket to catch the debris and water hose to flush the loose debris down the down spouts also comes in handy while you’re up on the ladder cleaning the gutters. Another person to help hold and move the ladder also makes the DIY task go quicker.