It is an unfortunate fact that a lot of homeowners either forget or underestimate how important it is to keep their gutters and downpipes clean. The easiest and best way to do this is to have a professional gutter cleaning service handle it for you. Less physical hard work, less moving around on ladders, less stress and less risk of an accident. To clean blocked downpipes and gutters takes some time and energy. Not having it done on a regular basis could lead to damage to your property in the thousands of dollars from overflowing water.
The kind of damage you might see if you do not unclog them
There are a number of problems you have to deal with from not handling your gutters and downspouts. You could have to replace the fascias, internal walls could get waterlogged, ceilings damaged, carpets ruined and of course, the gutters and downspouts themselves could need replacing. It is also a factor to keep in mind that in the summer when the items in the gutters are dry and perfect kindling for any spark, they can lead to house fires. By finding and employing a gutter cleaner you can avoid these risks to your property and to your safety, as well as losing money having to take time off work and paying for the repairs.
Consider who will clean blocked downpipes and gutters for you
When you are looking for people to hire to clean your gutters and downpipes you will quickly see there are a lot of possibilities. Do not just choose any name thinking they are all the same as they are not. The one that charges the least is also not necessarily going to be the best at the job. You need to look at efficiency, experience, explore customer reviews online to see what people have to say about them. Are there complaints about damaged guttering? Are they punctual and professional? Also, make sure they have the correct insurance.
When it comes to prices ask about whether the quotes include the downspouts too as well as the gutters. You are going to be surprised at how many charge extra for the downspouts. Do they clear the roof close to the gutters? Do they take away all the debris they find in the gutters and downspouts and dispose of it themselves? How do they do the cleaning itself? A typical charge for this service generally falls between $100 to $250 but there is a lot that can impact that. The size of the home and therefore how much guttering there is, a double story home costs more, when the last cleaning was could affect how easy or hard the job is.
It only takes on downpipe to get clogged for there to be a problem that has the potential to lead to a lot of damage to your home. Clean blocked downpipes is important work to prevent potentially large and expensive repairs. Generally, a home should have their gutters taken care of at least once a year though some can be okay with 2 years if there is not a lot of leaf litter falling on their home. If you have a lot of tree coverage though then get it done at least two or three times.