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Gutter Cleaning

Why do I need to clean my gutters?

Gutters are a necessary part of your roofing system.  They are designed to carry water away from the foundation of a property and prevent water from coming into the property itself.  Gutters clogged with debris will cause the gutters to overflow allowing water to seep into a property. Routine gutter cleaning can prevent roof damage, interior and exterior foundation damage, and ultimately save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.

What happens if I neglect cleaning my gutters?

Foundation Damage

When gutters are not cleaned properly, water will overflow from them and fall along the foundation of a property. This can cause the foundation of a property to crack because the soil under and around it becomes overly saturated. Also, in this area where temperatures get below freezing, the wet foundation of a property can freeze causing it to crack.

Rotted Wood

When gutters are clogged with debris, water will overflow from them onto the property and will also become trapped in the gutter itself. The extra moisture will cause rot in the wood near where the gutters are attached.

Roof Leaks

When gutters do not drain properly, it can create what is called an ice dam. This means that the excess water in gutters freezes during the cold seasons and prevents items, like melting snow, to drain off of the roof properly. This can cause ceiling leaks, wall leaks, and moisture in the attic. Also, the frozen water within a gutter can rip the gutter right off of the property due to its weight.

Pest Infestation

Moist debris left in gutters is attractive to insects and even rodents. Insects and rodents will become attracted to the inside of the property as the weather changes. Also, wood-eating insects are attracted to moist gutter debris and can cause damage to the wood on your property.

Basement Leaks

When gutters are clogged with debris, water will overflow from them on the property foundation allowing water to seep into places like your basement. This can cause health hazards such as mold growth.

Landscape Damage

The excess water that overflows from clogged gutters can kill the plants and grass growing below. When plants and grass roots can no longer absorb the excess water, they will die off. The excess overflow of water can also cause the erosion of soil leaving a ditch in your landscaping.

What is the gutter cleaning process?

Clear Roof

First all debris is removed from the roof.

Scoop Gutters

Next, the gutters are scooped by hand removing heavy debris and build up.  The gutters can also be cleaned using a scooping device.

Rinse

Once all the debris is removed, the gutters are rinsed out to remove any remaining grit or dirt.

Downspouts

Next, each downspout is tested to ensure that it is clean.  If a downspout is clogged it can be snaked clear or flushed out.

Clean Up

Lastly, all debris is removed and hauled away from the property.