Gutters, unfortunately, don’t benefit from self-cleaning and do, over time, become blocked with fallen leaves and other items of debris.
These blockages affect the drainage of water from your home or commercial property and can cause further, more costly problems if left unaddressed – making commercial gutter cleaning an essential part of your maintenance agenda.
But is it best to clean your gutters yourself, rely on your in-house team, or work with a professional gutter cleaning team – this post further explores all of these options.
DIY and gutter cleaning
Gutters are used to remove water away from the foundations of your home, with water filtering into drainage systems below.
When gutters become clogged, water can soon start to build and cause flooding, rotten soffits and fascias, loose caulking, and gutters; and when damage is severe, water can seep into the property, causing internal damage and ultimately, negatively affecting the property’s foundations.
When it comes to cleaning your gutters, the frequency with which this work should be carried out depends on several factors, such as location, area subject to heavy rainfall, etc.
Ideally, we recommend that gutters be cleaned at least twice a year (ideally three times, but twice is a good start). Late spring, autumn, and then, if possible, a quick clean toward the end of autumn when all leaves have fallen.
Check out our post here for further details on how often and why you should clean your gutters.
We understand that cleaning out your gutters isn’t always at the top of your priority list; we get it; if you can’t see the problem, how do you know there is one?
But gutter cleaning is vital for just that – sometimes you can’t always see the problem until it’s too late.
Keeping your gutters clean, healthy, and clear from debris helps protect your roof from leaks and cracks, prolonging its integrity and saving you money in the long term.
An economical solution, gutter cleaning services also help avoid a build-up of mould, ongoing repairs due to water damage, and rodents and insects nesting in your gutters – all of which can harm your health.
So, to DIY or hire a professional, that is the question.
DIY and Gutter Cleaning
We know (we’ve seen them) there are hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTube video tutorials, with some of these videos focusing on “gutter cleaning and DIY.”
But these videos don’t make you an expert. They don’t provide you with the necessary safety equipment, tools, or experience to ensure a high-quality, effective, and ultimately safe job is carried out.
However, the benefits of gutter cleaning DIY are that you can clean your gutters anytime you choose, and you don’t have to make an appointment or schedule a time (however, at Clear Choice, we’re extremely flexible on times and days and work to suit your requirements).
Typically, DIYs will use a power washer to blast dirt and debris away, cleaning downpipes and drains as they go. There is the notion that doing it yourself will save you money, and in the short term, this may be true; you also know your property and its layout, so you can work with some degree of speed.
However, you do need the appropriate cleaning solutions and protective gear because, trust us, gutter cleaning and what you may find up there is not for the faint-hearted.
Gutter cleaning also means being comfortable with heights and standing on a ladder for long periods of time. It also takes a lot of physical effort and a considerable amount of time, time, and effort you don’t always have to spare.
Professional gutter cleaning teams are trained and experienced in all roof and gutter types, styles, and designs; they follow the correct procedures and techniques and adhere to all guidelines and health and safety standards.
You don’t have to purchase cleaning equipment or tools, you don’t run the risk of causing further damage to your property, and professional teams know all the tricks of the trade, providing you with efficiency and effective cleaning.
What’s more, they can also recommend repairs because they will be able to spot weak areas or potential issues compared to the untrained eye, allowing you the opportunity to fix problems before they get bigger and cost you more.
In addition, you can have confidence that the team you choose is fully licensed and insured in case of accidents.
Solving multiple problems, keeping your gutters in fine working order, saving you time, and being all-around safer than DIY make professional gutter cleaning services incredibly cost-effective.
Commercial Gutter Cleaning
At Clear Choice, we offer a qualified team of experts who come to you fully equipped for the task at hand.
Friendly, reliable, and all-round cleaners, our team is available to ensure your gutters perform all year round.
Let us take care of the dirty work.