Gutter cleaning is a regular chore that homeowners should perform. Dirty gutters not only block water flow but they also add an ugly look to the exterior of the house. Gutter cleaning is particularly important during the fall season because leaves can clog them and lead to many problems such as leaks on the roof, siding, and basement.
Gutter cleaning can be done manually or with a power washer. Power washing is much faster and more effective because of the high-pressure water force. However, if you choose to do it yourself make sure that you have the proper safety equipment such as protective glasses, hard hats, and a tether rope. It is also a good idea to wear rubber gloves and use a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms and neck from the strong water pressure. It is also a good idea to choose a day with low winds and no rain to power wash the house. It is also a good idea to turn off electricity and close any windows or doors that are in the area where you will be using the power washer.
If you choose to power wash, start by removing any debris from the surface of the gutters with a hand-held leaf blower or garden trowel. You can then spray the surface of the gutter with a hose to loosen any remaining dirt and debris. It is best to start near the downspout and spray away from it, as you do not want to push the debris into the downspout. After the initial spraying you can then proceed down the entire length of the gutter, and once again, do not force any debris into the downspout.
After a few rounds of spraying the surfaces with a hose, you can then move on to the more intensive task of power-washing. It is recommended that you use a detergent solution formulated for house siding – either vinyl, stucco, or brick – and follow the instructions on the label regarding how much to mix with water and the amount of pressure to apply.
It is a good idea to use a brush attachment with the power washer as this will help to remove any stubborn dirt or grime that may be stuck on the surface of the house. This attachment can be purchased for a few dollars online and will make the process significantly quicker and more efficient.
Power washing is a great way to get your home looking new again, especially if the outside is starting to look dingy or has mildew, mold or other debris buildup. It is also a great way to remove any stuck on materials such as chewing gum from sidewalks and grease stains on concrete driveways. However, it is important to remember that the heated water of a power washer can cause damage if not used properly, and should only be used on non-porous surfaces such as concrete and stone. The power of the hot water can damage softer surfaces such as wood, aluminum and acrylic window frames. If you need gutter cleaning professional make sure you hire a reputable Rockville power washing company.