Here are several gutter vacuum camera solutions to help you with your gutter jobs. If you don’t want to pay the sky-high prices of some branded camera vacuum kits we’ve got some alternatives for you.
Do you need a camera for gutter cleaning?
From personal experience gutter cleaning throughout Surrey and London, I have found that a camera is necessary for several reasons.
- Keep customers happy. This steps your service to the next level; it shows that you are a professional, goes the extra mile for customers (especially if you can provide a video).
- To check for any damage. Customers may make complaints if there any issues further down the line. Therefore, if you can provide a video which shows the condition of the gutter during the clean and can pick up any issues with the guttering.
- Most importantly, ensure you have cleared all the gutter and haven’t missed any organic matter or debris.
In sum, it is found that a gutter camera is needed as a professional gutter cleaner.
Gutter Vacuum Cameras
There are several options for those seeking a DIY vacuum kit, also some professionals opt for a less technical solution. Although, it Is very popular to buy ‘off the shelf’ branded camera kits, they can exceed £500. This is a high price for some in the industry.
The most common DIY solution is to use a go-pro or ‘action camera’. Buy a standard ‘action camera’ online, connect it to your usual mobile. They usually have free applications to connect them together. You may also need to buy a micro-SD card for inside the action camera to allow recording. To attach the action camera to the polls you can buy the attachment for handlebars, using a clamp the same save as your gutter vacuum poles you can then attach them together. To then attach your phone to the poles to survey the gutters you can use a large handlebar camera mount shown, such as shown in figure 1. A mobile phone wrist strap is another option.
A less common option is to use a corded endoscope. Due to its size, you can attach to your poles using a strong tape. The cable can then be inserted straight to your mobile. You can then attach your phone to the pole the same way as highlighted above. Although, much smaller, a key disadvantage is its cord. This can be troublesome when regularly changing pole sizes and can tangle.
Those gutter cleaning professionals less technically inclined provide another solution. A car rear view mirror mounted to the pole. This allows the gutter cleaning technician to survey the area and ensure all the area Is cleared. This is a low cost and can be less troublesome. Although, issues 1 and 2 above are not resolved.
In summary, we have found 3 gutter vacuum camera solutions, action camera, endoscope, and rear-view mirror. These provide alternative solutions to the ready-made gutter camera kits which can exceed £500. If you need your gutters cleaned in Surrey or London contact Surrey Jet Washing.