There may be no more important and at the same time overlooked maintenance that is necessary for your home than the dreaded chore of cleaning the gutters on a regular basis.
Semi-annual gutter cleaning is the most common frequency, once in the spring after the trees bud out, and once in late fall after the leaves drop. That’s a lot of trips up and down a ladder, and few of us are that disciplined.
Our basic Gutter cleaning service includes cleaning off all debris which may have accumulated up on the roof or valleys of your home, as well as behind chimneys, skylights, etc. We then clean all the debris and clogs out of the inside of your gutters, including the sediment. In the case of Gutter Guards, we will clean on top, and underneath all gutters screens, (the only exception being gutter covers which are fastened to the gutter or roofing) and we then straighten the screens as best as possible. As we are cleaning out the gutters, we check and clear out all the down spouts (in the case of very clogged down spouts, we will remove, clear, and then reinstall the down spout). When all that cleaning is done, we will return to the ground and clean up any debris from the roof or gutters. Our goal is to provide a very thorough cleanup, which includes cleaning all areas where the debris may have fallen; bushes, sidewalks and stoops, decks, patios, driveways, porches, yards, etc.
In the case of sensitive landscaping, flower beds, etc., the gutters may be cleaned by hand and debris will be collected in a manner in which to keep it out of the sensitive areas. In most cases, we do not bag the debris or take it with us when we leave, we will find an appropriate place (ie: woods, natural areas, etc) in which to put it, although we are happy to collect, bag, and remove the debris upon request.
Clean gutters are a huge factor in avoiding major and expensive home repairs. Gutters perform one job: controlling the water around your home. If debris keeps them from doing their job, then you can wind up with some big problems. These problems include:
- Leaking Basements
- Cracked Foundations
- Rotten Wood
- Sagging Driveways
- Damaged Flowerbeds
- Flush Spouts
Written By: Brian Welker