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Gutter Cleaning

It is very important for homeowners to clean their gutters at least twice a year so that gutters can properly drain rainwater off the roof. There are plenty of reasons to keep gutters cleaned out to keep the flow of run-off water into the gutter system. If water is allowed to drip down the side of a house, the soil around the foundation will become oversaturated and water will reach the foundation. Water seeps through foundation cracks and slowly erodes the concrete before finally reaching the inside of the house. Water leaks lead to mold and mildew development.

Another reason to keep clean gutters is because clogged gutters can overflow and cause water to saturate the top soil next to the house. Eventually the water will travel deeper into the soil and if the soil underneath the foundation is too water logged, the house will cave in on itself. Clogged gutters can also be too heavy for the home to support, causing it to separate from the house. This gutter separation can cause structural damage and look unattractive hanging out of place. Gutter cleaning is a relatively easy, yet time consuming job to do yourself, or there are companies that offer gutter cleaning services.

The first thing needed to clean gutters is a sturdy ladder to get to the gutters. It is important to remember never to lean the ladder against the gutter system because gutters are not sturdy enough to support that weight of someone on a ladder. You can either clean the gutters from the ladder and move the ladder after each section is cleaned out or get on the roof, if it is safe, to clean the gutters without having to climb up and down the ladder. The next step is to scoop the debris out of the gutters. The best way to do this is by hand with work gloves. There are tools available to aid in this process but are not necessary. You can dispose of the debris by bagging it as you go or throwing it in the yard to bag later. After the debris is cleared, there is usually a layer of residue on the inner surface of the gutters. This can be cleaned with any brush and must be rinsed out after scrubbing. The best way to rinse gutters is by running water from a garden hose through the gutter system.

While gutter cleaning can be done easily with a few household items, there are companies that offer gutter cleaning services. The pricing for gutter cleaning surfaces depends on several factors such as the size of the house, how many stories the house has, how clogged the gutters are, and how clear the downspouts are. It is always a good idea to hire a company that is willing to give an estimate for their work. Gutter cleaning professionals not only clean gutters, but will make sure the gutters are secured to the house and align the gutters to the proper angles. These things might be rather difficult to do yourself effectively.

Keeping your gutters clean is a very important aspect of homeownership. Cleaning your gutters a couple times a year can help keep your gutters draining properly and avoid structural and foundational damage. While it is possible and cost effective to do the job yourself, there are companies that will professionally clean and maintain your gutter system.