There’s no question about it. One of the worst parts of home maintenance is cleaning out the rain gutter. I am yet to meet anyone who says that gutter cleaning is adorable
Not only is it physically exhausting by having to climb up and down the ladder all around the house, but digging out wet leaves and other debris that have accumulated over the months just plain… stinks.
I can remember one time last year I made the mistake of using my bare hands to grab all the gunk out of the gutters on our home. The next thing I knew my hands smelled like rotten sewage for the next 2 days!
Sure, you can call out the gutter cleaning companies to do it for you, but at what cost?
Fortunately, there is an easier solution that will put a stop to having to constantly clean gutters.
Best Gutter Cleaning Tools
When it comes to gutter cleaning tools, the last several years has seen more of these gadgets than ever before. Some are pretty good designs and work as advertised, while others don’t fair so well.
In this article we’ll take a look at a few of the best gutter cleaning tools to help make the task of buying one a little easier on you.
#1 Gutter Brush Review
Out of the many types of gutter protection systems available today, the gutter brush is hard to beat. The ease of installation, which requires no tools or skills, makes it possible for anyone to set up.
The costs are low when compared to other systems, and the brushes will fit any size and type of rain gutter.
Gutter brush reviews on Amazon have been very positive. The brush carries a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, and users have commented on how well the brush works, as well as how durable it is and how good the performance is.
Similar to the old fashioned pipe cleaners, the material bends to fit all types of gutter channels and around corners. The polypropylene material of the brush is built into a galvanized steel wire and also UV coated.
It’s designed to last for many years to come. You won’t find yourself having to replace it 5 years from now. That’s nice peace of mind for sure.
They have a standard size that fits 5″ channels and can be used in vinyl, aluminum, copper, PVC, galvanized or stainless steel gutters. If you have the larger 6″ gutters, that’s no problem as well, because they make gutter brushes to fit those also.
You simply order enough to fit the total combined length of your gutters.
The GutterBrush comes in various sizes of 30 feet, 45 feet, 60 feet, 120 or 135 feet. So it’s very easy to simply order the lengths you specifically need.
Many have to be installed by drilling holes or inserting screws. Others have to have precision cuts to fit perfectly. You’ll need all kinds of tools and expertise in order to install them properly. Well, there’s something to be said for “simple”. And that is what the gutter brush installation is.
You do not need any tools, nor do you need to have carpentry experience or be roofer in order to install it.
You do not have to modify the roof or mess with the gutters at all.
Finally, you do not need to spend an entire weekend getting it put in place. In fact, for the average sized home, it will only take only an hour or two at most. This is not like trying to install the gutter helmet, gutter guard or other type of gutter screen that requires an enormous amount of time and installation skills
You simply lift them out of the gutter channel and shake off any leaves, twigs or other debris. Set them back down when finished and that’s it.
What you will most likely find in many cases is that the sun, wind and other weather elements will actually blow the leaves away, or they will naturally decompose, to where you do not even need to clean them at all.
There’s no more having to pay for gutter cleaning or shelling out thousands of dollars for a gutter leaf guard system, not to mention the added costs for installation.
#2 Gutter Scoop
You can find this available in various brand names and models, but they all work pretty much the same. It’s made of plastic and features a handle attached to a scoop.
The scoop itself is as wide as your rain gutter channel and you simply work your way down the length of the gutter and scoop out all of the debris clogging up your gutter.
This type of gutter cleaning tool is actually pretty good. It eliminates getting your hands all wet and filthy by having to scoop everything out by hand, and it holds up pretty well to many uses.
This is another unique gutter cleaning tool that features a long handle with a pointed blade to pull the leaves and other debris towards you.
The handle adjusts outward to around 8 feet.
The big advantage here is that you can clean out large areas of your gutters at one time without having to go up and down the ladder as often to move it down the side of your house.
This is yet another handy gadget that attaches to any kind of pole. For example, a broom handle or leaf rake handle. The Gutter Sense is used from standing on the ground, which is much safer, and placing the “tongs” on the handle. Then, you lower it into the gutter and grasp the debris.
I’ve not used this device, but it does look interesting. I plan on giving it a try this fall and I’ll update this page to let you know how well it worked.
Other types of gutter cleaning tools can range from something as simple as a garden spade to scoop up debris, to using a leaf blower while standing on your roof. I don’t recommend that due to the increased safety risk, but many homeowners do this.