If you’re like most homeowners, you probably dread cleaning the gutters on your house. It’s a dirty, tedious job that can be dangerous if you’re not careful. But it’s a job that needs to be done regularly to prevent water damage and other problems.
Here are some tools that will make the job of cleaning your gutters much easier:
1. Safety harness
The first thing you’ll need is a safety harness. You can find them at home improvement stores and even some do-it-yourself centers. Make sure you get one that fits securely around your waist, has a strong lanyard attached to it, and that the lanyard clips into a secure ring on the harness.
2. Gutter cleaning pole
You’ll also need a long, sturdy pole with a wire brush or rubber bristles at the end of it and another section that screw into the top so you can attach your safety harness. This will let you clean those hard-to-reach spots up high without having to balance yourself precariously on a ladder.
You might also want to invest in a telescoping gutter-cleaning wand that attaches to your water hose for an even easier way to clean out your gutters from the ground. The wand has brushes at the end of it that remove debris from the gutters as you move it up and down or side to side across them.
Of course, if you’re going to be doing a dirty job, then you should choose a pair of boots that can take care of business. And if you’re going to be cleaning your gutters from the ground, nothing will do the trick better than a pair of funky gutter-cleaning boots! You can buy these fun accessories at stores or on websites such as eBay.
4. Gutter cleaner
Some gutter-cleaning tools are pretty basic, but you probably don’t think about having a broom available when it comes time to clean the ground around the base of your house or garage. You’ll need to clear away any dirt or leaves around the perimeter of your home before you even get started with your dirty work.
If you don’t have one handy, invest in a sturdy push broom for this job because it will make short work of twigs and clumps of dirt. These items will help make cleaning your gutters much easier, so you won’t dread doing it as often. While there is no real shovel in the list above, a spade does make it much easier to clear away or scoop up dirt and clippings or leaves.
Gutters are not only for protecting your roof from water damage but also help keep the entire exterior of your house clean by directing rainwater away from your foundation.