Why wouldn’t I just clean my gutters myself?
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death and injury at home. Falls cause over 6,500 deaths each year and over TWO MILLION hospital-related injuries every year.
Also, did you know that you may be liable if the person or company you hire does not carry proper personal liability and worker’s compensation insurance?
Some people allow anyone who knocks on the door, to get on their roof to do cleanings with no thought as to what will happen if they get hurt. Protect yourself, only allow professionals who are licensed and insured experts, like Gutter Cleaning Raleigh NC, to clean your gutters.
Why are my gutters pulling away from my house?
Having your gutters pull away from the frame of your home is not an uncommon problem. We see this gutter problem quite often. While it’s true that the problem most likely originated with the original gutter installer, there are things that can be done to secure your gutters correctly.
Proper Gutter Installation
Great care must be taken in making sure the fastener goes into the rafter – here is why choosing a reputable gutter company is so important. The original installer probably missed the rafters and the spikes were driven through the gutter board into nothing.
How Gutter Cleaning Raleigh NC Can Correct this Gutter Problem
We can perform what is called a “relevel” to correct these problem areas. This process involves rehanging your gutters properly and then testing for proper drainage. We will reposition your gutters until the gutters slope at 1″ for every 20 feet of gutter.
If your gutters are pulling away from your home, be sure to mention this issue when you contact us for your free no obligation estimate.
The nails or spikes keep coming loose in our old gutters. Is there a better way to attach them?
Yes. You can install a “hidden hanger” to support your gutters. Hidden Hangers are not necessarily better than spikes but are quite effective in alleviating this common problem.
Most gutters are originally hung before the roof gets shingled or they are nailed to the fascia with a hanger or a spike. When the original installation starts to deteriorate, we can re-hang your faulty gutter areas with hangers that are very secure, yet barely visible.
If you have issues with the nails or spikes on your gutters coming loose, be sure to mention it when you email us for a free gutter cleaning estimate.
Do solid gutter covers really work?
No. Solid gutter covers do NOT work. We have been in the Raleigh gutter cleaning business for over a decade, and despite examining every covered system currently available we have yet to find a covered gutter system that is not flawed.
Why Don’t Gutter Covers Work?
Smaller debris gets into the gutter or fills the narrow opening and causes clogs and overflows. Approximately every 3 weeks we tear down these overpriced, clogged, usually not cleanable systems to install new gutters for frustrated customers.
Are Gutter Covers Cost Efficient?
These covers can cost over $13-21.00 per foot compared to gutter guards at around $2.00-3.50 per foot. Every time I see the Mall or Costco display for these flawed systems with the “hardest flow in 100 years” I cringe, because the area drained is only a few square feet.
Every house is different in its drainage needs and a mall display cannot fairly represent the differing square footages of roof area drained.
What is the Best Way to Ensure Properly Working Gutters?
Having your gutters cleaned twice a year by a dependable gutter cleaning service is the most cost-effective and efficient way to ensure the gutter system on your home continues to function properly.
Will gutter guards (screens) keep all debris out of our gutters?
No. Gutter guards and gutter screens will not keep all debris out of your gutter system. Your gutters will still need to be cleaned regularly to protect your home from roof rot or structural damage caused by water.
Don’t just take our word for it, here is a Washington Post Article on Gutter Screening systems and their effectiveness.
How can I keep my gutter system clog free?
There are basic steps a homeowner can take to help keep their gutter systems from getting clogged and working effectively between gutter cleanings. Read the following gutter tips and maintenance guidelines to help keep your home gutter system free of clogs and free of problems.
Homeowner Gutter Maintenance Tips
Make sure your gutters are expelling water away from your home. Standing water can cause real issues for your home costing thousands of dollars to repair.
If run-off water from your downspouts is standing too close to the structure of your home, consider installing downspout extenders.
An occasional check of your home gutter system for rust, holes, or leaks is a good maintenance precaution, too.
Gutter Cleaning Schedule
We recommend cleaning your gutters a minimum of 2 times per year, to prevent clogs in your gutter system.
Spring blossoms usually fall throughout April, summer debris falls through the summer due to windy thunderstorms, and fall leaves are usually down about November 15. Plan your twice-a-year gutter cleaning around the seasons for best results.
Why is gutter cleaning so important?
Let’s face it – the topic of home gutters is far from a fascinating subject. Most homeowners don’t think about their home gutter system until the gutters stop working properly.
Fact is, the gutters on your home serve a critical service for your home. It doesn’t take long for improperly working or clogged gutters to show wear and tear on your home and devalue your investment.
Issues Caused by Clogged Gutters
Leaking Basements and Cracked Foundations: Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks may be moments away, and excess water against the foundation can weaken the footings and lead to cracks.
Rotted Wood: When gutters have debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia board. The moisture can also affect the roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. The debris acts like a wick and brings water in the bottom of the gutter up to the fascia. Many homeowners have spent THOUSANDS of dollars replacing rotted wood that an inexpensive professional gutter cleaner could have prevented.
Animals and Wood Destroying Insects: Lack of cleaning will also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris. This condition is ideal for breeding mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insects and even mice will make a home in gutter debris.
Sagging Driveways: Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause driveway and walkways to sag and crack.