Why do I even need gutter cleaning?
The purpose of gutters are to collect and redirect water runoff from your roof, to limit and avoid damage to your home. If you have trees within 50 feet of your home, you have leaves falling in the gutters. It only takes a couple of handfuls of leaves to fall throughout a system and be carried by water to the downspouts to create a clog. These clogs will prevent water from flowing through the system, working like a dam. Water, with no where to go, will pool, fill, and overflow the system.
This will cause oxidation to aluminum gutters (aka Zebra Stripes), rusting in galvanized gutters, rotting of soffit and fascia boards, as well as water damage in basements and ceilings.
Decaying debris sitting in the gutter releases acid that eats at seams, as well as attracts pests by both providing nutrition and nesting for ants, yellow jackets and the like. Cleaning gutters on a regular basis prevents all of these issues.
How is the gutter cleaning performed?
A two-man certified roofing-trained crew using safety equipment blow off the roof of all leaves, pine straw, and foliage debris. They fully inspect the current condition of your roof during their 10-point signature inspection, making notes of any issues. Upon your request, our crew can take photos of any necessary repairs.
They completely clear the debris out of the gutters and downspout systems using their high-powered blowers. Any large accumulations of debris that won’t blow out of the gutters, our crew will grab and pick up the debris out by hand (this means large, heavy accumilations of debris, not the lining of film on the gutter).
They completely clear the debris out of the gutters and downspout systems using their high-powered blowers. Any large accumulations of debris that won’t blow out of the gutters, our crew will grab and pick up the debris out by hand (this means large, heavy accumilations of debris, not the lining of film on the gutter). They test the downspouts for clogs that were missed during the cleaning. On a rare occasion where gutter cleaning has been neglected, an over-abundance of debris can cause a major downspout clog in a downspout that requires the downspout to be dismantled and cleared by hand, which is not part of our basic service and requires and additional fee, but this needed service is very rare unless the gutters have been neglected or there is an inordinately large amount of trees and leaves over the gutters. Finally, they clear the fallen gutter trash off the flat areas surrounding the home and blow it away from the house and into the natural landscape of the property.
Once completed, the inside of the gutters should be clear and free flowing, though the lining and walls of the gutter may still have some dirt, grime, and sediment on them, which is natural. This remaining dirt doesn’t impede the flow of water, and the purpose of the gutter cleaning is to clear the system, not beautifying the inside.
It should be noted that there are certain unprofessional or uncommon practices that we do not perform, including using water to clean gutters, clearing underground corrugated pipes, and install plastic covers and screens.
There is a bagging option at $10 per bag. With this, the crew will blow the debris into piles and neatly bag it by hand. Once done, the bags are tied and left at curbside or wherever it is natural for waste disposal to retrieve it.
Major Downspout Clog
On rare occasions, we come to a home where a downspout is so full and compacted with debris that the blowers cannot blow out the downspouts. In this instance, we must dismantle the downspouts and clear the debris out manually by hand, and reassemble the spouts back to the house. NEW This service used to be extra, but now it is included with our basic gutter cleaning. Luckily, it’s rare that we actually have to do this to the downspouts, but if necessary, we take care of it as part of the service.