Your gutters always need to be maintained, even if you have gutter guards. Keeping them cleaned can mean the difference between thousands of dollars in repairs to your home and the surrounding landscape.
Gutter Cleaning Charlotte NC
Our team performs a comprehensive cleaning of your gutter system. We will clear your gutters of leaves, debris, and anything else that could cause water flow problems in the future. We assess your downspouts and ensure they are cleared of clogs. We will also be paying attention to see if we notice and leaks are signs of weakness in your gutters that may give cause for concern.
Failure to keep your gutters clean will inevitable lead to catastrophic damage to your home. The first thing that happens is the gutters get clogged. Water begins to run over the side of the gutter and on to the ground. This can cause erosion of the ground in that area and also make its way up against your foundation wall. Sometimes the water can penetrate your home and flood the basement. The water running over the gutter can also run over the backside causing the fascia boards to rot. Once this happens, the structural damage can become irreversible and may result in the entire wall needing to be replaced.
Mosquitos, Wasps, Ants, and other insects will make a home our of your clogged gutter system.
A deadly bacteria known as “Legionnaires Disease” can form in your gutter system if it gets clogged.
Ice dams and rotting wood can cause damage to your roof if water can not escape your gutters.
Damage to your property because of not maintaining your gutter system can decrease it’s value.
It’s not always easy to tell where your gutter system is clogged up. When it is time to clean your gutters, you may not even realize you have a clog because it could be minor and could be located in the downspout. If you haven’t had much rain this could easily be overlooked. If there is a clog in your downspouts, you won’t be able to clear it by hand unless it is close to one of the ends or at an elbow that you can remove. This doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to unclog it yourself. You can try to use a leaf blower or hose pipe to put pressure on the clog and get rid of the debris. If that doesn’t work hiring a professional may be your best option.
Cleaning the Inside
The inside of the gutter is the most common area that gets cleaned. Most homeowners who want to clean gutters themselves will do the job by hand. This is usually done while standing on a ladder. You can use a leaf blower or a hose pipe from the roof to get rid of the debris to complete the job quicker. Be careful when cleaning the inside of the gutters while standing on the roof however, it can be very dangerous.
Cleaning the Outside
Cleaning the outside of the gutters is not always prioritized because it doesn’t affect the functionality of the system. Most people are happy with their gutters as long as they are doing their job and diverting water away from the home. Cleaning the outside isn’t as important as the inside but you can experience a build up of algea and mold if you don’t atleast maintain it every once in a while.
Pressure washing your gutters is great when cleaning either the inside or outside of the gutters. When cleaning the inside, it allows you to get shingle grit out of the seams. Even if you have seamless gutters you will have seams in the corners or if you have a run longer than 80 feet. When cleaning the outside, mold and discoloration can be hard to clean. a pressure washer will make the job much easier and faster.