Category: Gutter Cleanings

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Gutter Cleaning Company

gutter cleaning companyThe winter is finally over and it’s time to start preparing for the nice weather. No matter what kind of roof you have on your home, new or old, it’s important to make sure your gutters are 100% clean and properly functioning. Keep in mind, the majority of newer roofs are built to withstand loads of snow of between 15 to 30 pounds per square feet, and all that snow can drop down into the gutters and cause serious issues.

Neglecting your gutters can end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Even though cleaning out leaves and snow piles might not sound all that significant, it’s essential you keep your gutters cleaned and well-maintained.

Here are some reasons it’s important to have your gutters thoroughly cleaned by skilled professionals:

  1. Leaves can fall all year-round — In high-yield environments, leaves can fall and pile up inside gutters constantly and lead to serious structural damage. You can’t just wait until the final leaf falls onto your home to clean out your gutters — you need to have them professionally cleaned every few months.
  2. Leaves and snow aren’t the only things inside gutters — Unfortunately, leaves, water, and snow — though damaging — aren’t the worse things that can be found in your gutters. Gutters can act as ticking time bombs filled with bird droppings, insects, and even rodents. All that can pile up and can become so heavy that they drop and completely wreck your home, leaving the bottom of your property filled with all that disgusting debris. If you believe there are any signs of pileup inside your gutters, give a professional gutter cleaning company a call right away.
  3. Your home’s foundation is at risk — Neglecting to clean your gutters isn’t just important for maintaining a clean home environment, it’s also essential for protecting the entire structural foundation of your property. Water and grime can pile up and overflow outside of your gutters, causing your home’s foundation to crack and become severely damaged, resulting in even higher repair costs. Again, to make sure your home is protected, give an experienced gutter cleaning company a call right away.

If you’re in need of gutter installation, leaf guard installation, gutter replacement, or are still wondering why should you hire a gutter cleaning company, give Gutter Maid a call today.

Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance: Beware of These 4 Warning Signs

professional gutter cleanersHomeowners have many responsibilities, and taking care of their gutters can often fall by the wayside. Neglecting gutter care, however, can lead to some serious structural issues and result in shelling out a significant amount of money for repairs.

That’s why it’s best to not only take care of your gutters yourself but hire professional gutter cleaners to fully ensure all aspects of your home are protected. Here are some reasons to call professional gutter cleaners in order to take full advantage of their gutter cleaning services:

  • Damage of any kind — Even the slightest crack in your gutters can turn into major problems and result in you spending a lot of money for large repairs. However, when you hire professional gutter cleaning technicians to take a look at your gutters early enough, they will be able to identify any problems and address them right away.
  • A lot of rainfall is expected — If your gutters are clogged prior to a major storm, even a few hours of rainfall can completely wreck your gutters. In fact, even an inch of summer rainfall can accumulate nearly 1,500 gallons of water onto your roof and gutters.
  • Water pooling around your home’s foundation — Just because your gutters seem fine from afar doesn’t mean they are in good shape. Don’t just look at your gutters to find out if they are in jeopardy of causing problems. If you notice any water accumulation surrounding your home, that could indicate that your gutters aren’t functioning properly and need to be thoroughly cleaned and possibly repaired.
  • Water damage underneath your gutters — Similarly, if there are any signs of water damage to your home’s structure, you should contact skilled gutter professionals. This kind of water intrusion can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation.

If you’re in need of gutter replacement, gutter installation, or just need professional gutter cleaners to take a look at your home, give Gutter Maid a call.

Gutter Cleaning from Start to Finish

Check out these photos video showing our gutter cleaning process from start to finish! First we remove all loose debris by hand before cleaning and flushing all of the gutters and downspouts with water. Clean gutters = happy gutters (and homeowners!)

Leaf Guard Installation

Leaf guards are the best way to protect your gutters from leaves and other debris, especially during this time of year. Leaf guards are a built-on barrier that attaches to your gutter and prevents leaves and debris from entering your gutters and downspouts. They also make gutter cleaning much easier, as most debris will sit on top of the leaf guards rather than inside the gutter. After our technicians clean and flush out your gutters to GutterMaid standards, the leaf guards are then installed as shown in the infographic below. GutterMaid offers 4 different types of leaf protection systems. You may find out more information about each of them here. Check out this before & after showing GutterMaid’s leaf guard installation process from start to finish, and contact us today for your free estimate!

DIY Gutter Cleaning Tips

Of coarse we always recommend hiring a professional to complete your gutter cleanings, but if you decide to tackle this dangerous and tiresome chore yourself, here are a few hints and tips to help you along.

1) Invest in the right tools: Having the right tools is a must to complete any task. You will need an extension ladder tall enough to reach the highest gutter on your home, unless your roof has a shallow enough pitch that you feel comfortable walking on it to access higher gutters. We also recommend using a ladder stand-off to stabilize the ladder, as well as to keep the ladder off of your gutters and prevent from damaging them. Bring a hammer so that you can re-nail any loose gutter spikes, a long hose, Gloves (very important!), a leaf blower to clear off roof debris, a drill with the proper 1/4″ hex head bit to disassemble downspouts if needed, and a clean-out tool for the downspouts. The top elbow section of each downspout is the most vulnerable point for collecting and trapping debris. Bringing a 2′ flexible pipe cleaner, or even a small section of hose can be used, to snake out the top of a clogged downspout and avoid having to disassemble the downspout to remove the clog.

2) Remove all accessible roof debris: Start with the highest part of the roof first and work your way down. A leaf blower really comes in handy here. The last thing you want to do is clean all of your gutters only to have the accumulated debris from your roof fill them up again.

3)Inspect your roof: While you are up on your roof clearing debris, it is a great time to inspect your roof , and its easier than you may think. A) Check for soft spots in the roof. while you are walking you may notice sunken in, distorted, or soft spots in your roof.  These can be signs of possible water intrusion or attic ventilation issues. Check the area around and above the noticed area for punctures in the roof or missing shingles. B)Visually inspect the roof for missing/damaged shingles. Also note the age and general condition of the shingles. The average shingle has a 25 year life expectancy. As shingles age they will become thin as they lose what most people refer to as shingle grit, which you also may notice accumulating in your gutter. C) Check all penetrations in your roof such as fan, dryer, and plumbing vents. It is very common for the rubber gaskets around pipe vents to dry-rot and leak. You can get a few more years out of the pipe collar by sealing around the dry-rotted rubber gasket with a good roofing cement.

4)Clean & clear your gutters and downspouts: Start by removing the debris from your gutters by hand (don’t forget your gloves!). Just like your roof you want to start with the highest gutters first. You can bag the debris as you go on the roof but for safety reasons we recommend just throwing it down on the ground. It is much easier and safer to bag it on the ground. When throwing it down from the roof, try to throw it into piles to make clean-up easier. After you have removed the big stuff by hand we recommend flushing out the small debris and shingle grit left behind using a water hose. This will also help ensure that the downspouts are clear of debris as well. When using a water hose it is important to know where the hose is at all times.  A water hose that is left dangling from the roof  can cause havoc on your landscape, lawn ornaments, flags, etc., when moving around on the roof. We recommend pulling the entire hose up on the roof. Loop the hose around the top of the ladder rung or around a pipe vent to prevent the hose from sliding back down to the ground. Start with the highest gutters at the opposite end of the outlet/downspout. Work the debris to and down the downspout. Check the bottom of the downspout to ensure water is draining properly. If the gutter backs up with water then you most likely have a clogged downspout. Use your downspout tool to try to snake any clogs that may be at the top elbow section of the downspout. If that doesn’t work because the downspout is too severely clogged, or the clog is too far down the downspout, dissembling the downspout me be required.

5)Inspect your gutters: Make sure your gutters are draining properly. Gutters that are holding water are more susceptible to collecting debris, perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects, can deteriorate the sealant in end caps, outlets , and miters, and can pull gutters from the fascia due to the added weight. If after flushing your gutters with water, the downspout is not clogged but the gutter is still holding water, your gutter may need to be replaced or re-pitched properly towards the outlet. This can happen due to bent or distorted gutters from improper maintenance or snow accumulation, natural settling of the house, or even a poor initial installation. Make sure your gutters are secured tightly to the fascia boards.Now days most gutters are installed using an internal bracket which is screwed to the fascia board and is not likely to pull loose. However, a lot of people will find that their gutters were installed using what is called a spike and ferrule. The spike looks like a large nail which can be seen from the outside of the gutter. The ferrule is the sleeve in which the spike is driven through and is found inside the gutter. With the weight of  debris and snow accumulation these spikes tend to pull loose from the fascia board which can lead to fascia rot and even total collapse of the gutter. We recommend re-nailing any loose gutter spikes when cleaning your gutters. Using your hammer simply tap on each spike head until the gutter sets firmly to the fascia. You may notice that the spike does not hold and seems loose or keeps pulling away. If this happens call a professional to evaluate your gutters.

When finished with your gutter cleaning, be sure you do not leave any tools up on the roof. If you find any issues with your roof and/or gutters call a professional right away to avoid any costly water related damage that could result in the future. We recommend completing this important home maintenance at least twice a year, once in the spring and once again in the fall. However, every home will vary and you should adjust your gutter cleaning schedule accordingly.

Cleaning your own gutters can be hard work and very dangerous! If you decide to leave it to the professionals GutterMaid is here to help.