We had a nice thunderstorm last night and I could see (from my attic
windows) that my gutters were full, and not draining. The problem I have is
they're above the second story and I don't have a ladder that will reach to
clean them out.
Are there any other fancy-smancy methods people have used to clear them,
without having to get right up there?
It's cooler by the lake...
I use a shop vac to clean mine. I made a long pipe section with a U at
the end of it out of central vacuum tubing (thin and light). It has an
OD that is exactly the same as the ID of the shop vac hose. I still need
to get them cleaned well every 4 or 5 years, but it get's them unclogged
most of the time.
If they're not draining, they will have to be cleaned (obviously). You
won't be able to tell how bad the problem is, or well the problem has
been fixed, without someone going up the ladder. I've tried running the
water hose UP the down spout before, with limited success, on a one
story house. Don't think it would work with a two story. Your mileage
For an economical way to prevent a recurrence of clogged downspouts and
reduced gutter maintenance in the future, you should consider a solution
such as Steelco gutter screens. For more information, and pricing,
please visit www.gutterscreen.net.
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