Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gutter cleaning Tools like and Gutter Scoop and Gutter Rake

Gutter cleaning Tools like and Gutter Scoop and Gutter Rake

There are several different gutter tools you can use to clean out your gutters. Some of these tools include a leaf blower, a shop vac w/ long whole extensions, a gutter rake, and a gutter scooper. This article will describe which tool will work the best with which type of gutters.

What is a Gutter Rake, and When should I use one.

A gutter rake is a 4 to 5 foot tool that helps you extend your reach while on a ladder and clean up to six feet on either side of the ladder you are working on. The way it is designed is that it two different ends on it. The 1st end is just a straight piece and it is used to scrap the stuff in the gutters towards you when you are on the roof or on a ladder. The 2nd end of the gutter rake is curved and has an L at the end. This piece pushes the gutter debris under the gutter joints and move it closer to you so you can take it out with your hands.
The best gutters to use a gutter cleaning rake on are gutters with leaves and other lightweight debris in them and gutters that are less then half full. The gutter rake works great with both dry and wet gutters.

Using a Shop Vac to Clean Gutters

I have a gutter cleaning friend who always raves about how could a shop vac works. He use it with an extra long hose and sucks all the debris out of the gutters. It works best with medium to light build up. It seems to be a really quick and easy way to clean out gutters. I look forward to trying this method in the near future.

When should I use a leaf blower to clean my gutters?

Generally a leaf blower works best when the gutter are dry and the roof isn’t very steep. Gas blowers are far superior to electric because they are cordless and has more power. The clean out the gutters, simply walk along the edge of the roof and blow out excess debris. Then rake of the stuff underneath if needed. With smaller houses, leaf blower gutter cleaning can take less then an hour. If gutter has water or mud in them drain before blowing and make sure to remove patio furtiture off of the back porch before beginning.

What is a gutter scoop and how to make one?

A Gutter scoop is an interesting tool that will help you clean you gutters. If you want to make your own, you can simply cut up a milk jug and use it as a gutter scoop. We actually recommend a store bought one because it will often have a better design, last longer, and work better at removing heavy gutter debris out of your gutters. A gutter scoop works well with any gutter, it can be used in conjunction with a gutter rake or a shop vac.

Gutter rake substitutes or how to make a gutter rake – If you don’t want to buy a rake, you can use a hoe or even just a pole, but it will take a little longer.


  1. I sincerely hope that you seriously consider trying the newly invented, American Made, lightweight virgin pvc, yet durable enough to last for years gutter cleaning attachment tool for wet/dry vacuums.

    I've used this tool now for over a year and every time I use it I am still impressed with its operation. Its called the Gutter Clutter Buster.

    You simply attach the one-piece tool, which is 60" in length to any 2-1/2" shop vac hose and literally vacuum out all debris, wet or dry, while you stay on the ground.

    No ladders, buckets, gloves, scoops, water or blowers to drag all around the house, working yourself to a frazzle just to clean out the impacted gutters. It vacuums up stagnant water which breeds mosquitoes, leaves, pine needles, snow, sand, roof gravel, bird nests, impacted moss, twigs, small trees (lol) and anything that is inside the gutter without damage to your system.

    Because it is so easy to use, you use it more often. You can cut your work time almost in half. Stay safe by leaving the ladder in the shed. You save time, money, energy, and remain safe on the ground.

    Check out & see how you can do a once nasty dirty job, faster and cleaner. Thanks for this opportunity to share with you that there is a new method in cleaning out rain gutters available for the DIY homeowner.

  2. I've been using an improvised scoop for a long time now :) It works just like any commercial scoop!

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