How to Clean Your Roof and Gutter System Like Professionals Do

For most homeowner, cleaning the gutter system is always an uphill task.  That is why most homeowners often consider gutter cleaning services. They simply take a short time to clean gutters. They also use the appropriate materials for the job. But just how do they do it? Here are some tips from Gutters Houston – the most popular gutter install, repair and installation service in Houston, Texas.

Vacuuming

It is by far one of the best gutter cleaning methods used by professional gutter cleaners. The method is mainly used to clear cutters off dry leaves and twigs. It requires the power of clean-your-roofindustrial vacuum systems with strength of 3,000 or more. In professional gutter cleaning terms, that is about 200CFM of vacuum suction strength coming from a 50 mm diameter pipe. The continuous air pressure from the vacuum sucks debris off the gutter in a storage tank which is often used as garden mulch. Note that with vacuuming, no one has to climb on top of your roof. The method involves the use of tools such as hook shaped snorkel which is operated from the ground with a wireless camera. The suction inlet then sits inside the gutter.

Bucket cleaning

This is a DIY gutter cleaning method. Simply take a bucket and a leaf scooper and get rid of the dry leaves from your gutter manually. Unfortunately, this method is time consuming. You might also have to consider ladder safety. Professionals use water pressure hoses in cases where grime and dirt or other damp wastes clog the gutter. You can therefore arm yourself with a water pressure hose, a bucket and leaf scooper so as to clean your gutter effectively and within a short time. A high pressure nozzle would be ideal as it releases a targeted water stream which promptly cleans stubborn grime from your gutter. Remember to wear protective clothing when cleaning as insects living in the gutter can easily crawl up your pants or sleeve and bit or sting. Remember to also protect your eyes.

Roof

This is where it gets tricky. Many homeowners simply do not see the need of cleaning their roofs. Truth is, you have to clean your roof or at least inspect it every time you clean the gutter. Why so? A dirty roof will develop black mold like stains and streaks especially on light colored asphalt shingles.  The dirt is not really ‘dirt’ but blue green algae known as Gloeocapsa magma.  It does no damage whatsoever to the roof but it certainly makes it look bad. It’s recommended to use a roofer that knows gutters as well – for Milwaukee and surrounding area I recommend Milwaukee gutter guys.

Solution

You can choose to replace your roofing with new shingles that are dark enough to hide the stains or you can go for shingles that are laced up with copper granules. Either way, you will be forced to spend money.  The less expensive and convenient option is spray wash the roof. You don’t have to worry about how to do it as the process is easy. You only need to wash your roof with a 50% mix of bleach and water to remove algae. Do not use pressure washers as they can easily damage shingles.  Remember to wet your plants with plain water so as to protect them from bleach.