A: Gutters collect runoff water from rain or melting snow, and carry it away from the walls of the structure, while simultaneously preventing it from pooling at the base of the home where it can adversely affect the foundation.
A: Gutters should be cleaned once a year. Twice a year if there are trees above them.
A: Even small amounts of debris can cause potential harm. Most of the debris that fall into gutters are leaves and small twigs. As the leaves decay they bind together and collect dirt and grit from shingles that would normally flow to and out the downspouts. When this happens a backup in the flow of water can start to leak over the gutters and seep into the sides of your home. If the bulk of debris moves over the top of the downspout it can clog it preventing most of the water from draining. If the water is continuously backed up, besides damage to the siding of your home, the weight of it causes the attachments to pull away, damaging the wood. A clog within the downspout itself will have similar effects.
* This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions about gutter cleaning*
A: It depends on many factors, but the main ones are: how full the gutters are, how many linear feet of gutters do you have, how badly are they clogged, and the pitch of the roof. Roughly a 2 story home can range from $100 - $250. The best thing to do is to shop around and make sure the professional is experienced and insured.
A: By hand and/or with a scoop. When cleaning gutters by hand, debris can be placed into a bucket and bag preventing a mess from falling to the ground. Also this allows for a closer inspection for weakness in the attachments and possible rotting in the wood. After all debris are removed from the gutters the downspouts should be checked for clogs. This can be done by running water from a garden hose or an auger. If there is small pieces of remaining debris like shingle grit and mud within the gutters, they can be flushed by spraying them with water towards the downspouts. This is the method we use at A Guy & Gal Window Cleaning.
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