If your gutters have become clogged with sticks and leaves, the water will not easily be able to travel to the waterspouts. This water can collect and cause rusting that could potentially break your gutters! So, it is best to clean your gutters once every few months to ensure that they are always as clean. However, you may be hesitant to do this task because you don't want to get on a ladder. The good news is: you do not have to climb onto a ladder to clean the gutters thoroughly! Use the following guide to learn how to extend your leaf blower to blow debris free from your gutters.
Measure the Distance
You need to first know the distance from the ground to your gutter. Use a measuring tape to measure the height of your home from the ground directly in front of your home to the top of your gutter.
Gather Your Materials
Visit a home improvement store and buy a piece of PVC piping that is the length you need in order to be able to reach the gutter from the ground. Grab two curved pieces of PVC piping and some PVC glue. If any of the piping needs to be cut, you can ask an associate at the store to cut it for you.
Make the Extender
Apply some of the PVC glue to the inner edge of the curved piece of piping. Next, push the straight piece of piping directly into the curved piece. Hold the pipes together for a few minutes. Repeat the process on the other side of the pipe. You need to be sure that the glue has plenty of time to dry before you try to use it. You may want to let the glue dry for about 24 hours before using it.
Clean Your Gutters
Place the end of the extender over the mouth of your leaf blower. Position the other end of the extender so that it is directly over your gutter. Turn on the blower and any leaves or sticks in the gutter should be blown out quickly and easily.
Once the gutters are clear of debris, you can use a rake to clean up all of the leave and sticks that were cleaned out of the gutters. Be careful when using the extender to make sure that you do not accidentally hook the gutter with the end of the extender when cleaning out the gutters. If you do, you may need to contact a professional, like Alaska Streamline Gutters, to come and repair your gutters.