Cost of having your Gutters Cleaned
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to clean your gutters, including the costs of labour and materials.
Cleaning the gutters outside your home can instantly improve the aesthetic appeal. However, this is not the only reason to clean the gutters routinely. Just imagine the leaves, dirt, debris, and yes, even possibly dead animals (and droppings) which live in there.
It is not only aesthetically improving your home’s appearance, but also important for your family’s health. You don’t want these items building up, which can lead to clogging and eventually overflow outside your home and sewage system. Therefore, routine cleaning is something every homeowner has to perform, as it pertains to gutter maintenance and care.
What the job entails
Hiring a professional contractor to clean your gutters every 2-3 months, is probably the best way to maintain them. The simple fact that there is plenty of rain, meaning leaves building up, and other debris piling up, is reason enough to clean your gutters.
Cleaning services which are performed routinely not only take less time but will also end up costing you less money over time. The less time required to clean the gutters, the lower the rates you will pay to the contractor hired to perform these services.
Potential issues while cleaning
If dead animals are found, droppings or large objects make their way into the gutter system, this can lead to backups. If this occurs, the plumber will probably have to work with the sewage system, to remove clutter/debris, so as to guarantee the proper flow of the rainwater and ensure it is draining away from your property.
If there is a backup, even if it is minor, this can possibly lead to water buildup. If you wait too long, flooding or overflow can occur directly outside the home. This can possibly lead to water damage, water entering the home, and trickling down the side of the home, causing issues with siding.
Another project which should be conducted is checking the sewage system. You already have the right person at your home, you might as well have them check there aren’t blocks, clogs, or other obstructions which can lead to major clogging and backup in the near future.
If the drainage system isn’t working, this is also the time to address. Whether that is simply moving the gutter, to redirect water flow, or otherwise installing new guttering/replacing it in certain areas, this is the perfect time to address these concerns as well.
If gutters are damaged or in need of repair, you should at least get a quote for these projects to be completed. You might wait off a few months to do the work, but you can at least replace areas and new screws, or otherwise reestablish the gutter’s positioning outside your home, to avoid issues with flooding or water damage to the roof.
Tips for gutter cleaning
You can maintain your gutters by cleaning them once or twice a month. This is a good way to check if there are leaks, cracks, or other possible damage. It is also a simple way to remove blockages or major obstructions if you see them in the gutter line system.
If you notice a slight deviation in the gutter system, you can also reassess this. Doing so will help prevent gutter backup, help prevent the water flowing in the wrong direction, and guarantee major damage won’t occur to your property in the near future.
Depending on the size of your home and gutters, you might also want to climb a ladder to go to the roof of the home. Or, if you don’t want to do this yourself, you can contract a tradesperson to do so, and provide cleanup services on the roof. This is a good time to assess your home, the gutters, roof, and address any possible issues which are found, while these services are being performed on top and outside of your home.
Costs & Duration
Cleaning your gutters shouldn’t take more than 1-2 hours for professionals; even if they check the sewage system. The cost will typically be a flat rate per hour or based on labour costs. For this duration of a project, expect to pay £150-250, to clean the entire gutter system of the home.
If gutter replacement or repair services are to be completed, this can take anywhere from several hours, up to 2-3 days. Of course, this depends on the home’s size, and the degree of damage, or if all gutters have to be replaced. If this is the case, the cost will obviously depend on the new guttering system, cost of labour, and the plumber/contractor you choose to hire, to perform the services.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your gutters cleaned.
Q Can I clean the gutters myself?
Doing general cleanup is something most homeowners can do. But, it is still advisable, to hire a professional to visit your home 2-4 times annually (depending on the age of the gutters). This is the best way to assess the system, determine if there is damage, and address repairs or replacement if it is required.
Q How much will it cost?
Most homes, this service can be completed in 1-2 hours. In terms of price, most contractors will charge £100-250 for these services. Compare quotes before you choose who to hire.
Q Can I use pressure washers?
This is not advisable, especially if you’ve never used the equipment on your own. If you don’t properly set the pressure, you can damage, even break the gutter system. You can break windows, and damage siding of your home.
Q Why do I have to clean the gutters?
Bugs, debris, dead animals, leaves, are just a few of the items which will pile up over time. And, with heavy rains, this is a much greater concern. Cleaning removes these obstructions.
Q Can dirty gutters lead to roof damage?
Yes. If there is a trickle or rundown water entering the home, or penetrating siding or roof tiles, this can enter your home. It can lead to roof damage, as well as damage to interior walls and surfaces.