Why should I have my gutters cleaned?
Gutters divert rainwater and snow and ice melt away from your roof and home through downspouts. If your gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, several problems could arise that could damage your roof and home and lead to costly repairs. The list below shows you why gutter cleaning is important.
Why gutter cleaning is important
Here are just a few reasons why gutter cleaning is important:
- To prevent roof leaks: When gutters get clogged with leaves and debris, water gets backed up and can seep under shingles and damage the roof’s interior structure and create leaks.
- To prevent water damage to home and landscape: Clogged gutters create overflow problems that not only damage roofs but can damage foundations, seep under windows and doors and cause soil erosion
- To prevent gutter sags: Heavy clogs can cause the gutters to pull away from the home, which can cause damage to fascia boards or cause the gutters to collapse. This can lead to expensive repairs.
- To prevent animals from nesting in gutters: Rodents, birds and insects can clog gutters with nests and can cause damage to areas of the roof and siding around the gutters.
Gutter cleaning should be part of your regular home maintenance, along with plumbing maintenance.
Who can clean my gutters?
Anyone with a ladder, a hose (preferably with high pressure attachments) and something to clear away debris can clean gutters. While you can clean your own gutters, a gutter cleaning service, like the ones offered by Amity Home Maintenance Solutions, can get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Gutter cleaning services will have all the necessary tools on hand to clean the gutters and may be able to help with any repairs that may need to be made.
How much should I pay to have my gutters cleaned?
What you’ll pay for gutter cleaning will depend primarily on the size of your home and how many linear feet of gutters surround the home. Other costs may be included in the cleaning. A single-story home of about 1,500 square feet with 150 linear feet of gutters will run about $70 to $200, while a 2,500 square-foot two-story home with 160 to 180 linear feet of gutters will cost between $90 and $250. Larger homes with more gutter space will cost more and may require more equipment or an extra person to clean.
For affordable gutter cleaning and regular maintenance services, give our team a call at 203-390-7399. We also provide repairs and gutter installation services.
How do you clean gutters that are too high?
If you have high gutters, gutter cleaning can be difficult, though not impossible. The first thing you will need is a ladder tall enough to reach the gutters. You will also need to ensure the ladder is stable so you can clear the gutter. If the ground below the ladder sinks, slopes or otherwise makes the ladder uneven, you can place pieces of scrap wood under the ladder to stabilize it. You’ll also want to attach a bucket or a plastic bag to the ladder for debris disposal. You can clear the debris by hand, with a tool like a garden trowel or with an air compressor. The final step is to flush the gutters with water.
How often should gutters be cleaned?
Gutters should be cleaned at least once per year, depending on variables such as where you live and how many trees you have around your home. If you get heavy rainfall and have a lot of trees, gutter cleaning is recommended at least twice per year. For those with pine trees or similar trees that shed needles and leaves frequently, gutter cleaning is recommended every 3 months. In the winter you’ll also want to make sure the gutters are free of ice. Ice clogs can damage both the gutters and the roof.
Gutter cleaning and repair
When you’ve cleaned your gutters you want to make sure to note any repairs that need to be repaired. It’s wise to check for leaks or other damage like dents. Most leaks can be sealed but areas that are dented may need to be replaced if the dents are obstructing water flow and the material can’t reshaped or repaired. If your gutter is sagging away from the house or you have multiple leaks, your gutters will need to be replaced. When you need expert gutter repair or replacement services, make sure to call our team at 203-390-7399.
Gutter cleaning and estimate
Depending on the gutter cleaning service, your estimate may be determined either by the linear feet of gutters you have on your home or by the square footage of your home. Some services may also charge different prices depending on whether the home is one-story or two-story.
Gutter cleaning equipment
You need very little equipment for gutter cleaning other than a ladder, something to clear away debris, and a hose to flush the gutter. You may also want a broom to sweep your roof clear of debris before you start cleaning the gutter, and you may want to get high pressure extensions for your hose when flushing the gutter out.
If you are looking for professional gutter cleaning in Branford, CT, you can depend on our team at Amity Home Maintenance Solutions. To schedule an appointment give us a call at 203-390-7399.