It’s getting close to fall and when the leaves change colors and drop you will want a professional gutter cleaner to rid your gutters of dead leaves, twigs and other debris that can cause clogs. The bi-annual gutter cleanings that include fall and early summer are best handles by pros that are trained to work at dangerous heights and can also spot defects in the gutter system that may put your home at risk. Correcting these problems with gutter repairs or replacements can save you a lot of money in the future. If you have hired a gutter cleaner to remove the debris from your residential or commercial gutters make it easier for them by following a few preparation tips that will cut down on time and improve the working conditions.
Clear the Ground – Most gutter cleaners will use ladders or platform lifts to perform the arduous task or removing all the gunk and grime from a dirty gutter channel. It’s hard to operate this equipment if there are toys, bikes, lawn chairs and other items in the way. Before the cleaners arrive do your best to clean the area around the house where the ladders and equipment will be set up.
Cut Branches – If you have tree branches brushing up against your roof it is in your best interest to have the branches removed. A number of hazards can occur when trees encroach on your roof and gutters and if you expect someone to clean your gutters you need to at least give proper access to your gutters. If you are planning to have the gutter company perform the branch removal tell them that during the first call so there is no confusion when work is scheduled to begin.
Do your own Inspection – As a homeowner it is a good idea to know a little bit about everything. You may never have to deal with the plumbing, electricity or roof but knowing how to tell when there are problems with certain areas of the home helps get issues resolved faster. Before a gutter cleaning do a quick tour underneath the gutters and from the top. Look for obvious signs of damage including holes, sagging sections, detachment from roofs and leaks. Bringing any problems to the attention of the gutter cleaner will be appreciated and will allow them to clean your gutter knowing certain sections need special attention.