This is not a fun job. But it is a job that must be done, because “prevention is better than cure”.
Not cleaning gutters can result in problems including flooding, damage to foundations, structural damage, rotting fascia, and ground erosion. All this is preventable, provided you, the homeowner, attends to the following costly mistakes.
Don’t bother cleaning the gutters until they are full.
This is the number 1 error. If your gutters are full, and heavy rainfall or a storm comes along … yeah, it is much too late to do anything about it. When the gutters are full, the water has a hard time getting to the downpipe, and it has to go somewhere, so guess where it goes. Some will overflow and make big puddles around your foundations, or it will go into your roof area, and into the ceiling. Then what happens? You will need to spend big on repairs to restore and repair your house. If you are not keen or physically able to get on a ladder and clean out the gutters yourself, there are people who will do it for you. Compare the cost of paying a cleaner to repairing the roof and ceiling.
I don’t need to check the gutters, do I?
Severe storms do damage, we all know that. You can’t make an inspection while the storm is raging, but it is certainly a good idea to get up there and see what happened, without too much delay. Ensure that no damage has happened to your roof and gutters. Any problems will come to light the next time it rains or storms, with the same unwanted result to your ceilings. If you’re not sure about anything at all, call in the experts again. You don’t want a nasty surprise next time a storm hits.
Get the cheapest quote
The job needs to be done, so I don’t want to pay too much. However think of this before you go along that line. Sometimes all you need is someone with a leaf blower to do a basic clean out. But if you want a proper clean, including all gutters, downpipes and drains, to ensure grime, dirt and debris is completely removed, you need to go to a reputable gutter cleaning company. You will find different websites quoting basic prices, which seem to be cheap, but there is the possibility that those basic prices do not include everything that needs to be done. Contact a local roofing company known to have a good reputation, and known to do a good job, and ask for an inclusive itemised quote, so no hidden costs can be added on afterwards.
I’m depending on the gutter guards
These are promoted as the solution to keeping leaves out of the gutter. They help, but they are not the ultimate solution. Cheap gutter guards have large grids that don’t even notice the dirt and grit that easily gets through. Some without UV protection will disintegrate over time. Even the most expensive gutter guards still allow dirt and debris fall through. This builds up in the gutter, and in a cursory observation you won’t see it under the guard.
Let’s go back to the reputable cleaning company. They know all the facts about what works and what doesn’t. You will be spending money on something that no-one will see unless their windows are above your roof level, but you will be protecting your investment in your home.