Eavestrough cleaning may seem like a simple task, but it’s not as easy as the pros make it look! If you’re considering DIY rain gutter cleaning, check out these frequently asked questions. By the end, you might just consider making the job a little easier on yourself by hiring a pro!
How often do I need to clean my eavestroughs?
A regular eavestrough cleaning schedule is vital for your gutter system to maintain optimum performance. Once in the spring and once in the fall is typically enough for most homeowners. However, if your home is surrounded by trees, you may need to clean them even more often.
How will I know when my rain gutters need to be cleaned?
You may notice some areas of your gutter begin to overflow when it rains, or your downspouts may not have any water drain out of them. This means you have clogged gutters. You may also begin to see the debris building up over the top of your gutter, in which case, you have badly clogged gutters which need to be taken care of immediately. Ideally, you should clean your gutters on a regular schedule so you won’t have to guess when they need taken care of.
How do I tackle cleaning rain gutters myself?
Here at LeafFilter, we highly discourage homeowners from cleaning rain gutters themselves. There are a few reasons why. First and foremost is the issue of safety. In order to clean your gutters, you must climb a ladder, which can lead to serious injuries. Also keep in mind that you can never be certain what you’ll find lurking up in your gutter system – anything from bees’ nests to opossums, and more can make a home up there. This also poses a significant safety risk.
The other drawback of DIY gutter cleaning is due to a lack of training and proper tools. A professional gutter cleaner spends every day cleaning rain gutters. In addition to safely and properly cleaning your gutters, they’ll also be able to identify any other issues you may not have been aware of, such as rotting fascia board, or leaking gutters.
How long does it take to clean gutters?
This largely depends on the size of your home, as well as the number of levels it has. If you opt for DIY gutter cleaning, it can take several hours to finish cleaning your gutters. However, if you hire a professional, they’ll be able to complete the job much faster. For a small home, gutter cleaning may only take 30-60 minutes to complete.
What are typical eavestrough cleaning prices?
Eavestrough cleaning prices vary depending on the size of your home, and the number of levels it has. You may find that gutter cleaning prices also depend on the size of the crew that will be servicing your gutters. For the best possible pricing, it is best to request a free estimate from your gutter cleaning company of choice.
What happens if I decide not to clean my clogged gutters?
For most homeowners, gutters remain out of sight and out of mind, but ignoring clogged gutters can have serious consequences. When water overshoots your gutters due to the buildup of debris, the water will fall at the base of your home. This can cause a whole host of problems like landscape erosion, flooding, foundation issues, and mold growth. Clogged gutters are also unsightly, and detract from your home’s curb appeal. It is best not to ignore clogged gutters, and to stick to a regular cleaning schedule.
How can I avoid climbing a ladder while eavestrough cleaning?
There are several gutter cleaning tools on the market that claim to allow you to clean gutters without a ladder. In reality, many of these tools are ineffective, and some may make existing problems even worse. Unfortunately, for those living in a multi-story home, there’s really no reliable way to clean your gutters without the help of a ladder. If you’re worried about falling off the ladder, call a pro to take care of the task for you.
How can I avoid cleaning rain gutters altogether?
A reliable gutter protection system, like LeafFilter, will you ditch cleaning rain gutters for good. LeafFilter works like a lid on a box, keeping everything but water out of your gutter system. LeafFilter is backed by a lifetime, transferrable warranty, so you can relax without the worry of clogged gutters hanging over your head.
But, be warned, not all gutter protection systems are made the same. Most are ineffective, and may even make cleaning your rain gutters even more difficult. LeafFilter is the number one rated gutter protection system by a leading consumer reports publication, and is loved by homeowners across North America.
If cleaning your gutter system sounds like too much of a hassle, invest in LeafFilter today. Request your free estimate by filling out the form on our site.