FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Would You Like to Know?
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS?
This depends on how deep of a cleaning you are doing. You can either only blow the leaves to allow for water
flow, or do a more efficient cleaning which wouldn’t be needed as often. The quick clean for leaf removal would need to be done more often. It is recommended to do the quick clean one to three times per year. The best times to do a quick clean are after the leaves fall later in the year around November. You can do another cleaning at the end of December and then once more near the end of spring so your gutters can be prepared for rain in the summer.
When you get your gutters cleaned by a professional, they are most often just blowing out all of the large debris from the trough. However, you can also get someone to wash out the inside of the gutters. Washing the inside will get rid of mildew and shingle grit.
Shingle grit is sometimes left in the gutter after cleanings because it doesn’t necessarily stop or block water flow. The grit reduces water capacity when it is allowed to build up after many many years. Well pitched gutters may see almost no shingle grit build up at all. The inside of the spouts need to be checked and maintained as well but are often overlooked. Spouts are prone to clogging near the S section at the top of the gutter or right above the lower elbow at the bottom of the spout.
WHY CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS?
Failure to keep your gutters clean will inevitable lead to catastrophic damage to your home. The first thing that happens is the gutters get clogged. Water begins to run over the side of the gutter and on to the ground. This can cause erosion of the ground in that area and also make its way up against your foundation wall. Sometimes the water can penetrate your home and flood the basement. The water running over the gutter can also run over the backside causing the fascia boards to rot. Once this happens, the structural damage can become irreversible and may result in the entire wall needing to be replaced.
WHAT DO YOU CLEAN GUTTERS WITH?
Cleaning gutters by hand is a simple method. Reach in and remove all of the debris by hand and dispose of it. Be sure to always wear gloves. Bacteria, spiders, snakes, and bees/wasps tend to make gutters their home. Wear gloves and stay safe. Wiping out the bottom of a gutter with a damp rag or soft bristle brush is ideal.
These tools may include a ladders, leaf blower, a pressure washer, soft bristle brush, and rags.
WHAT TYPES OF GUTTERS NEED TO BE CLEANED?
All gutters, accessories, and systems need to be cleaned, even gutters with leaf guards. The only thing that changes is how often the cleanings are needed.
Some sales representatives will tell you your gutters are maintenance free, but that would be the same as a car salesman saying you never have to wash your car. Anyone who wants their gutter to last should be encouraged to keep them cleaned and maintained. Purchasing an easy to maintain system can reduce the headache when it comes time for a cleaning.
WILL YOU LET ME KNOW IF SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE ROOF OR GUTTERS?
Yes, anything we notice while doing the job is written down and put on your invoice in the notes section. We do a full inspection while cleaning the gutters of your gutter system. As for the roof we will tell you of anything we notice, but remember we are gutter guys not roofers!
DO YOU OFFER SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT? MILITARY DISCOUNT?
We offer discounts for single parents, senior citizens, and military. Usually the discount is 10%.