Gutter Cleaning and Eavestroughs
As fall approaches, homeowners have a long list of tasks to prepare for the winter and rainy season. One important task that should not be overlooked is cleaning out your eavestroughs. Removing leaves, pine needles, and debris from your gutters is crucial to ensure proper drainage and prevent damage to your roof and foundation. In most areas you can expect a significant amount of rain during the winter months, making it even more important to keep your drainage systems clear.
If your gutters remain clogged over time, it can lead to damage to your roof and foundation, as well as the potential for long-term structural damage to your home. Additionally, there are short-term consequences that can threaten the health of you and your family. Black mold thrives in dark and wet environments, which can be created by water leaks from clogged gutters.
If you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your roof or gutters, don’t hesitate to call a professional roof cleaning company. Our team at Grime2Shine is experienced and qualified to safely perform any roof or gutter cleaning services your home may require.
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There are three things to consider when asking this question.
1.) The frequency of rain in your area. Kelowna is typically a dry area most of the year, with the majority of rain coming in the spring and fall. Kelowna gets an average of about 380 millimeters of precipitation per year with about 1/5 of it falling as snow. If we compare that to a place like Vancouver, where they experience an average of 1500 millimeters of rain, you can see that the amount of times you would want to clean your gutters per year would be different.
2.) Rainwater is spilling over. If you notice the water is starting to spill over on a day with heavy rain, it’s a good indicator that your gutter system or downspouts are clogged. This is a sign they should be cleaned in order to mitigate risk on the property.
3.) How many trees are around your property? If you have a lot of trees around your home or structure, particularly dropping leaves or pine needles, then you will need to have the gutters cleaned more often.
At a minimum here in Kelowna you will want to have your gutters cleaned once per year, but in most cases two is the magic number. Spring and Fall is our professional recommendation. Again, it is going to depend on your location and the above factors. In some cases we service our clients gutters 4-5 times per year because of trees etc.
The average cleaning frequency we recommend is twice per year. Once in the spring and once in the fall.
Gutter cleaning is a dangerous job, in many cases, gutters can only be accessed from the roof when ladders can’t get there. In order to adhere to Work Safe BC’s standards, we may need to temporarily tie off with fall arrest gear while cleaning from any roof above 10 feet. If your roof does not have any safe places to anchor too, then we may need to install a temporary anchor. If an anchor is not installed, our crew may not be able to clean all the gutters, only being able to clean the ones they can safely access.
When it comes to the price of gutter cleaning, there are 3 things we consider with every quote.
1.) How many linear feet of gutter do you have? Average cost per linear foot starts around 1$/foot. If the gutters haven’t been cleaned in a couple years the cost can increase about 30-40%. Bulk discounts are generally offered to property managers and stratas.
Most homes here in Kelowna have between 200-300 linear feet of gutter. Average cost is around $250 for a standard 3000 square foot cost.
2.) Safety and access: Is the roof walkable? Are the gutters 3 or 4 stories high? Are the ladder climbs on a slope? These factors might increase the cost but it shouldn’t be too significant.
3.) How full are the gutters? How long has it been since the last clean? Is the roof covered in debris? If gutters haven’t been cleaned in a couple years or we assume it will be a tougher job than the average the cost will most likely be about 20% more for the initial clean.
Contributed by: Live Next Level Window Cleaning – Foremost Experts in window and gutter cleaning and home maintenance.