We use a SkyVac Industrial gutter vacuum, which in purpose is very similar to a household hoover. The main differences are that this machine has a massive 78 liter capacity, powered by triple motors that produce 3300 watts and that it is also made specifically to clear guttering. There is a video of it here in action https://www.spinaclean.com/skyvac-industrial-85-wet-dry and as you can see, it is the powerful suction that removes debris from the gutter lines.
Assisting with this machine is an inspection camera with a recordable function; this allows us to carry out high level gutter cleaning in Fife and visibly see from the ground what is happening up high. The monitor attaches to the first gutter vac pole and from here we can see all that is going on, as you can imagine this is very supportive for the likes of roofline surveys, gutter surveys and also peace of mind for the customer. We can record, and send this footage to you via email attachment.
The way that the gutter vacuum is connected to reach the gutters is by the skyvac elite carbon fiber poles, these are a set of hollow poles that when placed together allows us to clean gutters up to 45 foot high. The waste inside the gutters is essentially sucked down through the poles and into the machine, where a tip and tilt function allows us to quickly empty the remains into bins or heavy duty bags.
Health and safety is becoming very strict and rightly so, the working at height regulations and also the health and safety at work act place great onus on us; the employers, to minimize risk to all who carry out work for us. Due to this, ladder work is avoided where possible and especially so at greater heights.
This gutter system allows us to do the same job as by ladder, but from the safety of the ground. Some gutters are also full of water or slurry, and trying to clear that by hand (by way of ladder) is not always easy. The gutter vac machine will simply hoover it all up though.
The largest advantage and clearly the main reason for us to use this system is the reach advantage. When you see ladders on van roofs, they will usually be around 20 foot high when extended and perhaps 30 foot if they are a large set. But, this system allows us to clean another 15 foot higher. As you can see by some of the case studies on this page https://www.spinaclean.com/about/case-studies many of the larger companies such as Mitie also now use this exact machine to carry out their contractual works. More local companies use these machines as well; gutter cleaners in Andover https://saxonwindowcleaners.co.uk/ and many, many more localized small companies also use this to great effect.
Yes we do, this gutter vacuum is by no means the only method we use to clean gutters. While we use it for a lot of gutter jobs we understand the need to be up close to the gutter lines for many reasons such as blockages and leaks. We can flush blocked down pipes in Fife with a pressure washer and repair leaks and joining brackets.
We have the equipment to manage this as well; we have a hot water system built into the van that allows us to clean dirt off exterior Upvc/plastic type surfaces with ease. We would then use reach and wash/telescopic poles to clean all your exterior gutter lines and again we can do this up to a great height from the safety of the ground.
Due to the terminology used by the vast amount of customers, gutter cleaning is often used to describe the emptying of the gutters. Gutter cleaning is in fact the exterior cleaning of the gutter lines/soffits, but we always check what exact service it is you want before we book you in. Gutter clearing is what we term to be the emptying of the gutters. If you wish to look at our list of services please visit the home page, https://fifewindowcleaningservices.co.uk/ or visit our blog section below that details our exterior gutter cleaning services in Fife https://fifewindowcleaningservices.co.uk/blog/
Blog written by Chris Fotheringham