If you’ve ever attempted to clean your gutters by hand, you know that this is not an easy task. Between balancing on a ladder and trying to reach all of the curved edges of your gutters; this becomes a task that no homeowner wants to tackle often. While cleaning may not ever become your favorite chore, using a pressure washer will greatly reduce the time spent on cleaning your gutters. With more than 15 years of experience using pressure washing to make Jacksonville homes look great, join Aarron’s Pressure Washing as we discuss the easiest way to clean your gutters with a pressure washer.
In order to get your gutters on their way to looking new, you need to rinse them with clean water from your pressure washer. It is important that you use a lower pressure setting initially so that you do not damage your gutters or siding in the process. If you have any foliage nearby, another best practice is to rinse them down with a low-pressure setting to avoid having any detergent stick to your plants. This step helps get any noticeable debris off of your gutters so that they are primed for your cleaning solution that can be used in the next step.
After you have finished rinsing down your gutters with clean water, the next step is to apply the detergent to your pressure washer. When spraying down your gutters, try to aim the nozzle ahead of yourself and to the side to prevent water from spraying back at you. Avoid directing a large amount of water into your gutters as this can cause mold or mildew to form.
Once you feel that you have given your detergent enough time to work its magic on your gutters, begin pressure washing the soap away with clean water. If you happen to get any detergent on any trees or shrubs nearby, you can always use a lower pressure setting on your pressure washer to rinse them clean.
The last step for achieving beautifully clean gutters is to pressure wash the inside of your gutters. Unlike hand cleaning your gutters, there is no ladder needed for this step! Using a special attachment for your pressure washer, you can clean the insides with ease. Use your wand to spray away from the downspouts and the pressure alone will hurl all unwanted debris out of your gutters.
We hope that you have found these tips useful for simplifying your gutter cleaning experience. For the best results, we recommend that you consult a professional pressure washing company like APW to help you get the job done right. For more tips and tricks feel free to check out our other blog articles or to schedule your pressure washing appointment, give APW a call today at 904-386-4871. We look forward to helping you make your home look beautiful again with pressure washing!
With summer right around the corner, you may be getting excited to spend some time outside with your friends and family. It’s important to remember though with summer, comes storm season in Jacksonville. While most of these storms typically miss hitting Jacksonville head on, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for the worst. Preparing for storm season by getting your gutters ready can prevent damage to your paint, roof, and your foundation. Without taking the necessary steps you could be headed down an expensive road. So what can you do to get your gutters Jacksonville FL storm ready? Take a look at the following tips for preparing for the storm.
1. Inspect and Clear Debris
It is easy to let your gutters get clogged quickly if you are not diligent about cleaning them regularly. Gutters allow rainwater to flow away from your roof preventing damage from excess water to your roof, walls, foundations and driveway. With the added rainwater from a storm, you could experience some serious damage if your gutters are not clear of debris. Here in Jacksonville, the most common debris come from pine needles and twigs from trees. Luckily, at Aarron’s Pressure Washing, we specialize in gutter cleaning. We are happy to make sure your gutters are not clogged and working properly when a storm hits.
2. Check for Pre Existing Gutter Damage
Unless you regularly climb up a ladder to check the condition of your gutters; you may be surprised to find that your gutters might not be in the tip top shape you expected. With the heavy storms that we experience in Jacksonville your gutters could have sustained damaged joints, cracking, or corrosion. It’s good to keep an eye on your gutters to make sure that they are in good shape to withstand a storm. When a hurricane comes barreling in, having gutters that are fully functional can save you from extensive water damage to your home that is preventable.
3. Examine Downspouts
Downspouts are important for helping water travel away from your foundation during a storm. If you notice that water is pooling near your home, most likely you need to extend your downspouts farther away from the home. Typically a good rule of thumb to follow when considering what length of downspout to buy is three feet away from the home. Depending on your property, you may need a longer downspout to safely push the water from your home. You also could consider purchasing a rain barrel if needed.
4. Clear the Area
While yard decorations make our lawn attractive during normal weather, before a storm it is a good idea to make sure that any loose items are put away inside to prevent flying objects from damaging your gutters. Items can become projectiles, so make sure they are tucked away.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s a good place to start. At Aarron’s Pressure Washing, we are here to help with all of your gutter cleaning services in the Jacksonville area. For a free price estimate contact us at (904) 386-4871.