Spring has arrived in Colorado, which means you’re probably thinking about your outdoor to-dos. Now is a great time to think about gutter maintenance and cleaning. Here, we’ll review gutter cleaning, general costs, and what to keep in mind regarding the maintenance of your gutters.
Chances are, you don’t think about your gutters very often. The fact is, your gutters play an important role in the day-to-day regulatory systems in your home. Gutters effectively remove water from your root, which prevents leaks, mold, and water damage.
If your gutters are not maintained, you’re compromising not only the investments you’ve made, but the overall health of your home.
Cleaning Your Gutters
Ideally, you should clean your gutters twice a year: once in the early spring, and once in the late fall. If you live in a very wooded area, we recommend that you clean your gutters more often due to the extra leaves and debris.
Of course, we always recommend that you hire a professional for safety reasons. If you do decide to clean your own gutters, be sure to have a spotter, and that the weather has left both the ground and roof dry.
The Cost of Professional Gutter Cleaning
The cost of a professional gutter cleaning is probably less expensive than you might imagine.
The square footage of your home has a lot to do with price. Think about it like this – the more square footage you have, the more gutters.
Professional gutter cleaning costs between $60 – $350 dollars.
How-to Clean Your Gutters
Clean your gutters wearing gloves and eye protection. Using a plastic scoop, remove debris from your gutters. Once a gutter is clear, flush water through it using the hose to remove any extra small debris and dust.
It’s also vital to clear out downspouts, which also often become clogged. If you find that you have a clogged downspout, you can use a plumbers snake to loosen any debris before clearing it out with water.
If you don’t already have leaf strainers or leaf guards, we recommend that you do.
Guards prevent your gutters from being excessively blocked up. While small debris will still get into your gutters and require cleaning, guards will help significantly keep your gutters more clear and working more effectively.
If you do opt to clean your own gutters, be on a lookout for a few warning signs, which indicate that further maintenance is needed.
If you observe:
- Pools of water
- Cracked paint and flecks of orange rust
- Splits or cracks in the gutters themselves.
- Gutters that sag or have detached from your home
- Watermarks or damage under your gutters
All of these are signs that your gutters need to be professionally repaired or even replaced. With the help of a pro, not only will your gutters work more efficiently, but your home won’t be susceptible to water damage.
Call the Pros for Gutter Maintenance, Repair, & Cleaning
If your gutters are in dire need of repair and maintenance, call our experts today. We promise to take care of your home like it’s our own.