If cleaning your gutters is a top priority this spring, then hats off to you for understanding the critical importance of such a task. Alpine Gutters & Downspouts is a wonderful place to start this process, as we know how a professional gutter cleaning can protect your roof, gutters, landscaping, and more. Spring cleaning takes a lot of time and energy, whether it’s your garage, house, shed or vehicle, so leave the gutters to us if you’re wondering where to start. You’ll give yourself more time to get the other tasks around the house finished.
Why cleaning your gutters is a top priority this spring
If gutter cleaning isn’t a top priority, then you might want to consider the cost of NOT tending to your system. The fact is, skipping gutters can really hurt your wallet. Here are a few issues that could result:
- Flooded Basements
- Mold and Mildew
- Paint Damage
- Foundation Cracking
- Soil Erosion
- Window and Siding Damage
Gutters are susceptible to warping, cracking and bending, especially with heavy and frequent snowfall, melting and freezing extremes. They could even detach from the roof entirely, so it’s important to get rid of all the debris such as leaves, twigs, and any animal nests to ensure that they are free flowing. If you have a leaf guard or leaf protection system in place that’s even better.
Here are 4 tasks to get you started if you want to get a jump start on spring gutter cleaning:
- CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS by removing all dead leaves and debris to ensure a free-flowing system for rain, ice and snow melt. You may want to make sure the leaves have stopped falling.
- DON’T FORGET THE DOWNSPOUTS when doing your inspection and cleaning. Check for cracks, breaks, and clogs by running a hose down the spout.
- LEAKS are NOT your friend. If you find a small leak somewhere, be sure to seal it or repair it if it is too large. The damage from a leak can be detrimental to foundations and interiors.
- SNOW GUARDS are your best friend. Although not directly related to a gutter system, they help manage the flow of snow melt and ice on the rooftop, preventing massive avalanches of snow from falling onto the gutter system, possibly damaging it. Extensions are also easily installed to help direct the flow of water away from the home.
How often and when should you clean your gutters?
As with other around the house tasks, the timing of cleaning your gutters can help prolong the life of your gutters and prevent further damage. Clean the gutters twice a year, at the beginning of fall and spring seasons. When you clean the gutters in early autumn, the leaves will still be dry and easier to remove. So, when the rain comes, water will flow freely down the gutter and into the downspout ensuring little or no damage to the gutter. Cleaning the gutters in early spring will again prepare it for directing the water brought in by the spring rains.
You do not want to clean your gutters in the middle of August. Obviously, it is the hottest time of the year, and it also means that you have waited too long to clean and unclog your gutters. At this point, your gutters have been holding up more weight than they should have been, allowing plenty of time for bugs and critters to find room to make their nests. Timing is an important part of this equation for getting the most out of your gutter system and protecting your home.
Are gutter guards worth the effort?
If you find yourself constantly climbing a ladder to maintain your gutters, more than twice a year, then you may want to invest in gutter guards. While it will not eliminate the need for cleaning, it will definitely cut down on the amount of time you spend high up on your roof. Pests and leaves will virtually be eliminated, but smaller debris, seeds and animal feces may still go through. Many different types of gutter guards can be divided into three categories of screens, inserts, and reverse curves. The type of guard you need will depend on your home’s location because certain types of gutter guards are better in particular circumstances. Check with your local retailer for options and information.
What are the costs of hiring a pro?
Regular maintenance is the key and keeps gutters clear, clean, and secure, decreasing the risk of damage to your home. Professionals typically charge between $120 and $250 for regular gutter maintenance. This usually includes cleaning, inspection, disposal of debris, and minor repairs if needed. A gutter cleaning service professional can explain what services are included in a maintenance package and how frequently they recommend cleaning for your area. The size and style of your home, as well as the location and the number of trees nearby the home may affect the frequency, difficulty, and price of maintenance.
Are there any other options for cleaning my gutters?
Technology is everywhere, and the business of gutter cleaning is not exempt in this category. If you are a gadget guy or gal, you may want to invest in the $300 (approximate price) iRobot Looj 330, the gutter cleaning robot. Yes, you heard right! A unique apparatus that looks similar to a chainsaw, but with rubber flaps and brushes that scrub their way down your gutters to help eliminate the need for reaching and excessive ladder use. The reviews are reasonable, so it may be worth investing.
A final word from Alpine Gutters & Downspouts
Before going the DIY route, remember the dangers of gutter cleaning. Falls from ladders are a common injury. It is not recommended to clean or attempt to repair your gutters from on top of the roof. Clean your gutters, only while standing firmly on a ladder. Avoid standing on the top three rungs and don’t reach past the side rail, if you must do it yourself. When working from a ladder, use a bucket for debris waste and another bucket for transporting tools. Use wire hooks attaching the buckets to the ladder.
If you don’t want to risk it, leave it to the experts who do it every day. Alpine Gutters & Downspouts will clean your gutters quickly and efficiently, helping to protect you and your home. We know cleaning your gutters is a top priority this spring, and that’s why we are just a quick phone call away!