Maintaining gutters is a very important aspect of proper home maintenance, yet many people tend to forget how important their gutters are. One question that has been asked by many homeowners is, how to clean gutters with a pressure washer?
Gutters can develop clogs very easily and ultimately cause all types of problems in your home.
With the autumn fast approaching, the leaves will begin falling soon enough. This is a clear sign that everyone should be ready to clean their gutter.
It is not a surprise that many people do not look forward to such types of projects which are quite labor-intensive mainly because of the hassles of having to set up the ladder and then climb up to scoop leaves and dirt out. Many people would rather be sitting inside their comfy living rooms watching a movie.
However, this should not be an issue because there are other faster and easier ways of cleaning your home‘s gutters. This will involve the use of a pressure washer.
Today you can easily use your pressure washer to blast away the accumulated leaves and dirt in your gutter with little effort. All you need to do is walk around your home’s perimeter and spray the inside parts of your gutters. With a suitable wand and relevant attachments, the job will be much safer and simpler.
Read on to find all the tools you will need, vital pointers to take into account, the steps you will need to take and the safety factors you need to consider.
Steps on how to clean gutters with the pressure washer
Start by placing your outdoor furniture away from your gutter and house in general. Moreover, cover flowers or remove vegetation and any plants which are located near the gutters.
Take your time to create a clear pathway that you can easily walk through when you start to pressure wash your gutter. You will be focusing and looking upon the cleaning aspect of the project. Make sure everything is working as expected to ensure you have nothing to worry about if you trip over and fall.
The removed debris will fall over. You will want to confirm that the debris does not fall on anything that might give you extra tasks to start cleaning up once done with the gutter. Once the job has been completed, you just have to focus on pressure washing the ground to remove the debris which may have fallen from the gutter.
One important thing that you must remember is putting on your safety glasses. Like we said before, you will be cleaning the gutters that are definitely over your head. Water and debris might start falling from the top and you need to cover your eyes so that they do not enter.
Attach the telescoping or extension ward to the pressure washer hose. This allows you to easily reach up high to where the gutter is hanging without the need to use the ladder to climb up. We do not recommend using the pressure washer when high up on the ladder.
This is because the force generated by the pressure washer’s pressure creates a shudder in the wand which can easily throw a person off balance. Using the telescoping ward is one of the smartest things you can do in this regard. Also, you can easily change the length of your wand so that it extends to the expected height.
The next thing that you need to do is place the gutter cleaning wand extension on your telescoping wand’s end part. There are different gutter wand extensions that you might use. The most common one is the extension that recoils into a U-shape. This bend increases the flexibility of the nozzle allowing it to reach around and into the internal parts of your gutters to eliminate debris such as twigs and leaves.
Also, some wand extensions have multiple horizontal nozzles that allow the water to be sprinkled in different directions. These have been proven to be highly efficient in cleaning gutters since they clean both sides of the gutter simultaneously.
You can use a pressure washer and water to rinse the gutter. First, work on the downspouts. Water emanating from the pressure washer should clear and dislodge all debris which may be stuck in the gutters downspouts.
Repeat this step for the rest of the gutters in your home.
The only thing that you should think about at this point is the best pressure washer you can use, gas or electric? The PSI you need? We strongly recommend that you use the electric one with about 1500 PSI. This is the pressure washer that is best fitted to suit your gutter cleaning needs.
Another reason why we recommend the use of an electric pressure washer is because the gas one with around 3000 – 4000 PSI is more expensive and will without a doubt require more maintenance as compared to the electric pressure washer.
However, you can choose to use the gas pressure washer in case you have other things that need pressure washing in your home.
Use a detergent to wash the gutters. The use of a detergent loosens up the debris and dirt and makes it easy to subsequently rinse with water.
Try to rinse your detergent off your gutters with water. Once all the debris is cleared off, the detergents will smoothly flow into the downpour.
Clean any debris that has fallen on the ground from your gutters. You can use your pressure washer to wash and spray the surface. The job can be done more effectively if you use a water broom extension. This is because the broom has multiple nozzles that expand the areas covered by the spray. Spray and sweep the debris and leaves into a corner and then pick them up for discarding.
Now that you know how to clean gutters with pressure washer, we are hopeful that you will not neglect your gutters this autumn. This is a faster and easier way to clean your home.