Pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decorations, cooler days and chilly nights. There is no doubt about it, the fall season is quickly approaching! Residents in Maryland and Northern Virginia get to experience the dramatic changes of climate throughout the year. The different seasons each bring their own unique atmosphere, and while we may look forward to some cooler temperatures, it is important to make sure your home is protected during this critical time of year.
Leaves will soon fall from the trees and if your home is under or around them, it is likely that your gutters will soon become clogged with leaves and debris. History tells us that in this area, leaves will begin to fall sometime in October and continue to fall through late December. We do not recommend waiting until December to have your gutters cleaned as your gutters will most likely become clogged in the first few weeks of fall. Many of our customers have several gutter cleanings performed throughout the fall season and/or have a leaf protection system installed.
Fall gutter cleaning service
Be prepared! If you are a homeowner in need of regular fall gutter cleanings, or are considering adding a leaf protection system, don’t wait until its too late! If you wait until you are having issues due to clogged gutters before scheduling your gutter cleaning service, you will find that in the fall months, all service providers will be extremely busy and it could take weeks until your gutter cleaning service is performed. Avoid the frustration by having a leaf protection system installed before the leaves begin to fall, and/or pre-scheduling your gutter cleanings so that your homes maintenance is first in line. We make it easy! With our advanced software we are able to offer out worry-free gutter cleaning service. You can schedule your week of service days, months, or even years in advance!
We have seen countless times the frustration homeowners experience when abandoning a leaf protection system that has failed within a few short years. Whether its from the weight of debris or snow accumulation, or from the damaging effects from the sun and other elements, many of these inexpensive, store bought systems will fail, usually sooner than later.
Although some of the more advanced leaf protection systems can be expensive, gutter screens can be very effective, and installed at a reasonable price. A quality gutter screen should be a metal, one piece design, and should be durable enough withstand moderate weight from snow and debris accumulation. As with all leaf protection systems some maintenance will be required. If maintenance is performed regularly, then removal of gutter screens to clean the gutters in not usually needed.
We took these pictures below at a recent gutter cleaning in Ellicott City MD. As you can see, the gutters had not been maintained or cleaned in a long period of time. Most store bought systems would have collapsed, bent, broken, or distorted, compromising the system and forcing the homeowner to abandon it altogether. Since the homeowner had a quality, ridged leaf protection system installed, the gutter screens were completely unaffected by the long term neglect and debris accumulation. As you can see in the pictures, once the debris were removed the gutter screens look and function the same as the day they were installed!
Quality Leaf Protection
Quality Leaf Protection
You may ask yourself, why would I need a gutter cleaning if there are just a few trees near my home? If you notice gutters on your home that use to be functional but are now overflowing, you may want to consider GutterMaid first before you call a costly gutter repair provider. Often times gutters become clogged with other types of trash and debris such as tennis balls and birds nests.
Below is a picture we took while performing a gutter cleaning service in Frederick MD. This homeowner was surprised to have found her gutter full of water due to a piece of shingle that had broken off and blocked the water from entering the downspout.
Gutter cleaning Frederick MD
GutterMaid does its part to “go green” and help protect the environment wherever possible. All of our trucks run on fuel-efficient, six cylinder engines, and we use advanced software to route our jobs and minimize fuel consumption. All of our “paperwork” is done electronically wherever possible, from our initial collection of customer information, to our invoicing and payment processing. Help us do our part by taking advantage of our convenient online invoicing and payment processing. All that is required from you is an active email address and we’ll take care of the rest!
GutterMaid knows that most people do not consider cleaning their gutters a top priority. It is perceived as an inconvenience and most people want to have their gutters cleaned as cheaply as possible. After-all, anyone with a tall ladder can clean gutters…Right? Handymen, landscapers, and the boy next door may offer to clean your gutters but what are you really paying for? The fact is that your gutters are high above the ground where you cant see them. How do you know they were cleaned correctly? Were the downspouts checked and cleared of debris as well? The landscaper you hired may be insured but is he insured to work on tall ladders?
You wouldn’t hire us here at GutterMaid to paint your house, or pave your driveway, so why hire someone else for you gutter cleaning service needs? We ARE the professionals when it comes to cleaning gutters. We know how to complete the job safely and efficiently.
Recently we performed a gutter cleaning service in Bethesda, MD. This homeowner was having their gutters cleaned regularly and even had a leaf protection system installed. As you can see by the pictures below the downspouts were completely neglected even when the gutter screens were installed. We immediately found the issue and because we carry the necessary tools, we were able to disassemble the downspout and clear the debris. Don’t continue to pay for someone you hope is doing the job right. Trust the professionals here at GutterMaid. Its our business to provide you with the best, most affordable gutter cleaning service available!
Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD
Gutter Cleaning Bethesda, MD
Can you see small trees and bushes growing in your gutter? While some people may find this aesthetically pleasing we strongly suggest keeping the foliage in your landscaping where it belongs. Gutters that have enough debris in them to support a small echo-system have probably been clogged and non-functional for a long period of time. Clogged gutters and downspouts can and will lead to damage of your home’s exterior, landscaping, and in some instances can find its way inside your house. You will most likely not notice this damage until you have accumulated thousands of dollars in damages!
But GutterMaid, Its going to cost a small fortune at this point to have my gutters cleaned! Not necessarily. We recently completed this gutter cleaning in Bethesda MD (pics below). All gutters and downspouts on this mid-sized single family home were cleaned and cleared in less than an hour, costing this customer only $100. At that price you cant afford not to clean your gutters!
Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD Before
Gutter Cleaning Bethesda MD After
Drip edge is an L shaped piece of metal that is installed at the edge (eave) of your roof. It should extend from the roof decking down into your gutters. Its purpose is to direct water away from your fascia and rake boards, and into your gutters where applicable. It can also help prevent water damage due to ice damming during the winter months.
Unfortunately, roofs are often installed without a drip edge or the gutters are installed over top of the drip edge, rendering it useless. Water that finds its way behind your gutters will eventually damage your fascia, rafter ends, soffit, etc., and can lead to thousands of dollars in damages.
Does your roof have a properly installed drip edge? There are signs that may indicate missing or improperly installed drip edge that you can look for without having to go up on your roof. When it rains, look for water that comes down in-between your gutters and your fascia. Often times you will see streaking or staining on your fascia just below your gutters, and sometimes you can even see small debris that has worked its way behind your gutters. If you see any of these signs, we recommend that you call a roofer to evaluate your roof and give you an estimate to install a drip edge if needed. Ask to see pictures so you can get a full understanding of whats going on with your roof.
Catching an issue early such as this will save you a lot of money in the long run. GutterMaid trains our employees to look for these types of issues and report back any noted problems as a courtesy to our customers.
Any leaf protection product is only as good as its installation. GutterMaid insures all products are installed per the manufactures specifications. This is key in order for the manufacturer to honor any warranty it may have, as well as ensuring the system performs at its very best.
Leaf Relief comes in several styles suited to fit your gutters size, style, and hanger type. There is even copper Leaf Relief for use on copper gutters. Be sure that you are getting the proper type for your gutters as they are not interchangeable.
- We begin every leaf relief installation by cleaning and flushing all gutters and downspouts. It is very important to make sure gutters and downspouts are completely clean and functional before any leaf protection is installed.
- We then make sure all gutters are secured firmly to fascia boards. If they are not we will re-secure them at no additional cost.
- We then install the leaf protection system per manufactures specifications. Some manufactures do not require mechanically fastening the system, but we like to anyway to ensure the system stays in place.
- In some cases we will water test the system to ensure proper function.
- Lastly we complete a thorough check and clean-up of the premises.
Clean and clear gutters and downspouts
Finished Leaf Relief Installation
Mechanically fasten at gutter, seams, and end caps
At a leaf protection installation and gutter cleaning in Silver Spring Maryland, our technician noticed a penetration in the homeowners roof. Our technician was able to seal the penetration with a high quality sealant. This small repair could save thousands of dollars in water damage, and we were able to complete the repair at no additional cost to the homeowner.
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