Watching leaves turn to beautiful hues of red, yellow, and orange every fall is one of the best things about nature. The only problem is that they don’t stay those vibrant colors for quite long enough before they wither up and fall onto our yards and roofs. Although you can get away without raking up the leaves (they make great mulch for your lawn!), there’s no getting around how difficult it can be to unclog the buildup that always makes its way into our gutters.
For those who like to get the job done themselves, it can be a difficult task involving a ladder and a lot of patience to scoop the debris out by hand. Other folks choose to crawl around their roof to grab all the soggy leaves. Even if you’re brave enough to not be bothered by the heights, both of those methods clearly come with some potentially serious safety issues. Of course, letting the gutters become so stuffed can lead them to expand in freezing weather, which can cause major damage. Luckily, there's a genius way to get rid of all the leaves from the safety of solid ground.
First, you’ll need a vacuum that can handle wet and dry debris, like a chipper vacuum, shop vac, or leaf blower with a reverse function. Then you can attach long extension tubes that are wide and sturdy enough to grab plenty of the debris. After that, you just have to flip the switch on your machine and watch as you suck up all the messy leaves, dirt, and twigs with ease.
Take a look below to see a DIY gutter vacuum in action:
There are kits for sale that offer the same type of cleaning option, but according to the description on this video, a DIY version using tubes and duct tape works just fine. You'll still need to be careful while handling this makeshift apparatus, but it certainly beats climbing up wobbly ladders or crawling around your roof!