It doesn’t matter what kind of home you live in, there is a definite need for vacuum gutter cleaning. If you have a lot of pine, spruce trees, or other debris clogging the gutters, it is almost impossible to clean them without using a pressure washer. If you live in an area that has a lot of pine, you should consider getting a pressure washer and making sure to clear away any pine needles, leaves, or other debris before you are ready to use the pressure washer. Once the gutter has been cleaned, you can start planning for gutter maintenance.
The first thing you need to consider is where the water goes into your gutter system. If you live in a home with a single pipe, you will need to install a diverter so that the water goes to a different location. You will also need to have the ground surface treated with a water based concrete sealer every year, as untreated concrete will slowly corrode from the rain water. If you don’t have a concrete surface, you can use a rubber water based sealer instead. Just make sure you use a product designed to be used on wood.
After you have made sure your gutter is clear, you can clean the actual structure. To clean the inside, you will need a shop vac. Use the shop vac’s suction to vacuum the inside of the gutter. It is important to vacuum the inside gutter system thoroughly, because any clog will result in water backup causing the water to enter your basement. Once the vacuum has removed all the dirt and debris, you can begin to treat the structure. Treating the walls, along with any tiles that are damaged, will prevent mold and mildew from forming in the future and make the structure last longer.