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1Is There a Tool to Clean Gutters From the Ground?

Cleaning out your gutters is an important part of maintaining your eavestrough system. If your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, they won’t be able to perform their job like they’re meant to.

The question is, how exactly do you go about cleaning your gutters? More specifically, is there a special tool you can use that would allow you to clean the gutters from the ground?

Is There a Tool to Clean Your Gutters From the Ground?

The typical way to clean out gutters is to climb a ladder so you can be close enough to reach into the gutters and scoop out any debris that may be in there. You can use your hands, or you can use a scooping apparatus to help you dig in there in case there is anything that’s stuck to the walls of the troughs. 

That said, climbing a ladder is not without its hazards. As you might imagine, it can be dangerous to climb a ladder, especially during inclement weather or if the ladder isn’t properly stabilized. Plus, having to climb a ladder is a nuisance, since you’ll have to move it every few feet along the perimeter of the roofline. 

Instead, it would be a lot more convenient — and safer — to be able to clean out your eavestroughs from the ground without having to go up a ladder. But what kinds of tools are available to help you reach the gutters and effectively clean them out? 

There are plenty of options. For starters, you can use a pressure washer kit with an extension arm that reaches the gutters. Just a simple push of a button, and you can let the pressure from the water blast out any debris from the eavestroughs. 

If you choose this method, you should set the pressure washer to 1,700 psi. Although there may be some stubborn sticky grime that might require more effort, the majority of debris should be effectively taken out at this pressure.

If you use a pressure washer wand, you’ll want to be careful not to increase the pressure too much, as you may risk damaging the eavestroughs. If that happens, you’ll have more problems than just having to clean out your gutters.  

There are also a variety of wet/dry vacuum kits available, as well as claw kits that may be used to clear out any debris from your gutters while you’re still at ground level. 

What Happens if You Don’t Clean Out Your Gutters?

If you let debris pile up in your gutters for a long time without cleaning them out, you could find yourself dealing with other issues down the line. Cleaning out your eavestroughs is incredibly important if you want to avoid any one of the following issues that could arise, including the following:

Leaking 

If your eavestroughs are full of debris, all that material can make its way to the downspouts. If your downspouts get blocked, you’ll wind up with a ton of standing water that will collect. At that point, there’s a big risk that the water will eventually leak and overflow. 

Roof Damage

One of the most important jobs of eavestroughs is to protect the roof. If water is allowed to pool at the roofline, it could cause significant damage to the roof material. The shingles will soften and get damaged from all that standing water, allowing more leaking when it rains or snows. Eventually, water could make its way inside your home, where the damage will continue. 

The roof can become so damaged that you may have to replace it at some point, which is a big and expensive job.

Pest Infestation

When organic material like leaves and twigs start to decompose, it will start to attract unwanted pests, including bugs and mice because it serves as food for these critters. If these pests start to congregate on the outside of your home, they can eventually make their way inside your home. At this point, you’ll have another big problem on your hands to deal with.  

Cleaning your gutters is a super important job, but it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Rather than do the job yourself, enlist the services of professionals to do the job for you. Get in touch with Tip Top Trough today!

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1Can You Clean Your Eavestroughs in the Winter?

Canadians are in the heart of the deep winter, and with that comes a ton of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. These conditions are not really ideal for cleaning out eavestroughs, but does that necessarily mean that gutters can’t be cleaned in the winter? Is it still possible to clean out your eavestroughs during the colder months of the year?

It may surprise you that winter eavestrough maintenance is just as important as any other season.

Cleaning Your Eavestroughs in the Winter

If you’ve ever tried cleaning your gutters yourself, you know how challenging it can be, not to mention dangerous. The job of cleaning out gutters on a nice day is hard enough, but cleaning them in the winter when you’re dealing with frigid temperatures and tons of snow and ice is another ordeal altogether.

Nonetheless, cleaning out your gutters in the winter can certainly be warranted in the right conditions. When you clean out your eavestroughs during any other time of the year, you’re typically dealing with removing leaves and other debris. Even if the debris is wet from rain, it won’t be frozen.

Instead of using your hands to remove debris from your gutters in the winter, you may have to use other apparatus, such as a scooper, to dig out any snow and ice along with anything else that may be in your gutters and potentially blocking run-off. It may even be necessary to use a sharp tool that can be used to chip away at any ice that may have accumulated in your gutters.

When you’re up the ladder and are face-to-face with your eavestroughs, there are a few things you should look out for.

First and foremost, look out for any signs of damage to your eavestroughs. This could be in the form of clogs, holes, dents, and rotting. If you identify any such issues, they should be rectified right away.

It’s also important to look for any signs of pooling of water. This situation can compromise the integrity of the system and prevent it from doing its job properly. After all, the main goal of an eavestrough system is to ensure that any water is collected and directed away from your home so there’s no risk of any potential water damage from pooled water.

Lastly, see if there is any sign of seepage at the seams of your eavestroughs. There may even be gaps in places that shouldn’t have gaps that may be allowing water to seep through.

These are all things that you may be able to identify on your own. But your best bet is to enlist the services of professionals who have the know-how and the equipment to ensure the job is not only done properly and thoroughly, but safely too.

When it’s time to have your eavestroughs cleaned — even in the winter — get in touch with Tip Top Trough today!

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1Should I Clean My Eavestroughs in the Winter?

When you think of cleaning your eavestroughs, you may conjure up thoughts of digging out piles of leaves, twigs, and other debris that may be characteristic of the fall season. By the time winter rolls around, your eavestroughs should ideally already be cleared of such debris to make room for all the snow and precipitation that fall into them.  (more…)

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