Although your gutters typically only need to be cleaned out twice a year, performing this task with nothing but a ladder and a pair of gloves will make the chore take much longer than it needs to. Properly maintained gutters are key and keep water from gathering and resting near your foundation where it can cause damage. The next time you're ready to do a little gutter cleaning, consider using one of the following four tools and you'll be done with the task in no time at all.

Gutter Cleaning Wand

A gutter cleaning wand is an excellent choice because after you've used it to free your gutter of leaves and debris, you can put it to use on your windows, siding, and even your driveway. This handy tool hooks right to your garden hose and extends fairly high so you don't have to stand on a ladder and risk a fall. Its hooked end fits right up and in to the gutter with the water pressure pushing all the gunk down and out the bottom spout. 

Gutter Cleaning Tool With Smartphone Attachment

Opt for a traditional gutter cleaning tool that now comes with a Smartphone attachment. Not only will you be able to use the long pole to reach the gutter while standing on the ground below, but your Smartphone will also give you images from inside the gutter. This is an excellent way to know whether or not you missed a spot and to verify that the job has been successfully completed. 

Wet Dry Vacuum Gutter Cleaning Kit

Homeowners who have gutters that are a little on the older side would do well with a wet dry vacuum gutter cleaning kit. This kit has attachments that you can use with the wet dry vac you already own. It works by sucking the dirt, sticks, and leaves right out of the gutter instead of putting a ton of water pressure on an aging gutter and risking it falling apart. 

Compressed Air Gutter Cleaning Tool

If you already have a leaf blower, you can purchase a compressed air gutter cleaning tool that will attach directly to it. This device works much the same way as the cleaning wand, but instead of water pushing all the debris out of the gutters, you'll be using compressed air. Although you may have to do a little ground clean up when you're finished, this method is less harsh on gutters that are a bit worn

For more information, contact a professional in your area like those found at Mile High Seamless Gutters, Inc.