Gutter cleaning is one of the most dreaded of weekend jobs for home owners. We usually get calls to clean gutters in the middle of a rain storm or when dripping noises have kept the homeowner awake all night.
When we clean gutters we never rest our ladders against the edge of the gutter. We use standoff arms that rest on the roof so at no time can the gutter be bent or marked up. Depending on what's causing the gutter blockage, we use ladders or we may also use a high-powered vacuum to clean out the mud.
Gutter cleaning is easily overlooked until one of those freak Okanagan thunderstorms reminds you of the importance of clean gutters. Make gutter cleaning a ritual and call us in the fall before your gutters ice up. When gutters are clogged and left to overflow water can drain over the back of the gutter onto the bare wood fascia causing potential leaking and rot.
We protect your gutters using ladder standoff arms or wrap the ladder with tape and towels to prevent dents and damage to the gutter fascia. The aluminum gutter fascia is susceptible to dents and dings, so we always ensure that ladders are carefully placed when completing gutter cleaning.
We hand scoop the gutter and place it into a bucket or garbage bag
We pack away all of the debris that gets cleaned from your gutters. On some houses, this might be several hundred pounds of debris and shingle grit.
We ensure that the downspouts are free and clear. This is an easy inspection, we simply look from the top down to see that no clumps have built up.
We wipe down the gutter fascia so that no mud is slopped over the edge of the gutter. If the gutter fascia is particularly dirty we may quote gutter fascia cleaning separately from the functional gutter cleaning.
Cleaning the gutter fascia is purely for aesthics, but it makes the finished job look much more polished and complete. The gutter fascia is usually a powder coated alluminum and if the paint becomes oxidized the mildew stains may be iriversible and the leave little black lines down the front of the gutter fascia. We wipe the gutter fascia down with a soft towel using soap and water, its nothing complicated, but it ensures that your gutters look shiny and new for years to come.