What is included in a gutter clean?
The most important service in a gutter clean is clearing, or emptying, the gutters.
Roof moss, leaves, dust, water, mud, bird mess, and any number of things all collect in gutters and need to be emptied regularly to ensure they work as they are designed to.
This is considered to be part of general household maintenance.
Add on services could also include cleaning the surrounding fascia and soffits, the outside of the gutters and conservatory roofs and gutters.
With regular cleaning, these uPVC parts can look as good as the day they were installed.
Spotless is a company that provides professional gutter cleaning in Aberdeen.
They know the importance of clean rain gutters and unblocked downpipes.
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Why is Gutter Cleaning Important?
It is important to maintain gutters both for aesthetic reasons but also to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.
Gutters need to be cleaned regularly and routinely. More often than not, people don’t realise they are full until a heavy rainfall when they are overflowing and spilling out down the side of the house.
How Are Gutters Cleaned?
Gutters can be emptied in one of two ways.
Firstly, the traditional method of a ladder and a scoop. The cleaner goes up the ladder, scoops out any debris that has been collected and bags it up to be disposed of.
This could be done with a brush, hand trowel, or a special tool that is shaped to the gutter.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of this way of cleaning?
For one thing, it is a cheap, simple, easy method that doesn’t take much investment to get started.
If there is a clear path to the gutters that need cleaning, the homeowner doesn’t need to be at the property for access.
The disadvantages are that sometimes certain parts of gutters cannot be safely accessed with a ladder.
This could be due to the height of the gutter, unstable ground, roof design, narrow side access or poor reach from the ladder.
This may mean that certain sections of the gutter run must be left untouched, and this could lead to problems in the future.
A second and increasingly popular method is using an industrial strength gutter vacuum attached to a hose and long pole.
The dirt build-up in the gutters is sucked out and down the pole into the vacuum.
It is then collected and disposed of appropriately.
The advantage of this method is a very thorough cleaning.
If powerful enough, the vacuum will suck all dirt, dust, moss and even standing water leaving the gutter completely clear.
It can also access almost any gutter as the poles can be used at an angle to reach over conservatories or difficult to reach spots.
The cons to this type of cleaning are the cost of investment for the equipment and the need for a power supply, although a generator can sometimes be used.
How to Choose The Right Gutter Cleaning Company?
It is very important to choose the right company to work on your property. After all, you are entrusting them to look after your home.
Look out for a professional and honest worker.
Go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about the quote or their attitude, don’t feel under pressure to commit immediately.
Any professional would be happy to allow you time to consider their quote, check their reviews or ask for a recommendation.
It is important to ensure that they have public liability insurance, otherwise, you could be left with a hefty bill if an accident were to occur.
For example, a company that does professional gutter cleaning in Glasgow is CCS. They have many years of experience and know-how.
How Does it Save You Money?
With mud, moss, and a freshwater supply, a full gutter is the perfect breeding ground for weeds or even grass to begin to grow.
The extra weight of all of this will often cause the gutters to sag, meaning they will lose their effectiveness and need to be replaced.
If blocked gutters are left untreated it can cause much worse problems in the long term.
If standing water overflows it will leak into the fascia boards and cause rot from within, leading to the whole fascia, soffit, and gutter needs replacing.
If other parts of the house are damaged from related damp or water stains, home insurance may even be invalid if reasonable care wasn’t taken to prevent the water build-up.