Cleaning your gutters is something that should be done regularly as part of home maintenance. This is typically a job that needs to be done either annually or biannually, depending on your climate and the amount of trees near your home. Working with a licensed professional will make the job a lot easier on you. They have experience working on a ladder, and can save you the headache of doing the job as well as the risk of falling.
Each Gutter Cleaning Company has their own preference to how your gutters will be cleaned. Some prefer to use a Pressure Washer. Others use a Blower to blow the debris out. Some use a Vacuum System while others do it the good old fashioned way, by hand. All of these methods work.
I personally prefer the Vacuum and the Old Fashioned Hand Cleaning Method for the following reasons. First, the debris in the gutter is sucked into the vacuum and reduces any mess to a very slight minimum. Second, the clean up is very little. And third, you can show the customers what was in their gutters. I also remove the debris in the downspout and test them by running water through them to make sure that they function properly. After all, if the water can’t drain properly it is going to cause a back up in the gutters.
In my opinion, Power Washing can be messy and splatter debris over the roof, the side of house, the windows and ground below. It is the fastest way but probably the messiest. Blowers will basically do the same as a Power Washer except using air. It tends to blow the debris everywhere which adds to clean up time or as many customers have complained from past experience, they just left the mess for the home owner to clean up.
By using a reputable professional, you can protect yourself from having to pay for any injuries compared to hiring a neighbor or teenager to do it. Once you find a professional to help you, then the cost to clean gutters will depend on a couple of factors.
1) House Height
A single-story house will have the lowest gutter cleaning costs. The cost to clean gutters will increase with each story. If you have more than two stories, then the taller stories might be charged on a higher rate than the lower ones because it increases the risk and usually requires special equipment.
2) Gutter Size
The cost to clean gutters is also determined by the amount of linear feet of gutters or by the square footage of the home. Either way, the larger your home, the more you can expect gutter cleaning costs will be.
3) Gutter Condition
If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned out in awhile, then the cost to clean gutters will probably be higher. If there is a lot of debris to remove, then the job might take longer. Gutter cleaning costs may reflect that extra time.
4) Gutter Extras
Some gutter cleaning professionals will inspect and tighten fasteners and reseal end caps and outlets. You may also opt to have a gutter cover installed so you can wait longer between cleanings. This will increase the cost to clean gutters, but could save you money in the future.
5) Downspout Cleaning
It kind of blew my mind when after giving an estimate, some customers would ask me if that included cleaning the downspouts. I found out that some companies don’t include the cost of cleaning the downspout in their estimates and consider it an added charge. My estimates include the downspouts. This is a crucial element of gutter cleaning, though, as this will ensure that the water pours all the way down to your yard. They take extra time to clean and some companies do charge extra. Make sure that they are included in the cleaning!
6) Installation Discounts
Sometimes you can find discounts by signing up for a repeat service or by contacting professionals during their off season. By investigating these discounts, you might be able to save on the cost to clean gutters.
Getting your gutters cleaned will make sure that you don’t flood your yard, damage your foundation or your roof, or have your gutters rip off your home from the weight of debris. You don’t want to be involved in any of these scenarios; the cost to clean gutters is much less than fixing any of those possibilities. Just make sure to talk to at least three professionals before hiring anyone to make sure you find someone you trust and who you can rely on to do this job going forward.
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