Have you seen water gushing out from one corner of the gutter when it rains? Or maybe you’ve seen signs of water damage on the siding of the house. In a place like Ohio, where there are a lot of trees and falling leaves, gutter cleaning is an important job.
If you see water spilling over the edge of your roof, squirting from gutter seams and elbow joints, or poor flow from the downspout, it’s definitely time to clean the gutters. Signs of long-term neglect include peeling paint on the exterior of the house, dirty and moist spots around the eaves, and gutters pulling away from the fascia.
The good news is that these issues can be prevented with regular gutter cleaning using a power washer. Learn about the damage that clogged gutters can cause, why you should clean the gutters and what is the easiest way to clean them.
What Problems Do Unclean Gutters Cause?
Every homeowner knows that water is a powerful force and, if it’s not handled well, it can be a real problem-maker. Gutter systems are designed to collect precipitation and channel it away from the structure and foundation of a building. But when too much water flows in one direction due to blockages, this can cause a whole host of issues over time. Dirty gutters are also heavy; they get weighed down with debris and trapped excess moisture. With time, this extra weight takes a toll on gutter supports and connection points.
When leaves, twigs, dirt, grit, and other debris collect in this water diversion system, it can become a threat to your home. Clogged gutters can lead to:
Ice dams are particularly hazardous for homes. These are thick patches of ice which form along the eaves of a roof. They are created by snow which melts from warmer parts of the roof and then freezes when it hits the cooler edge. The dam prevents other snowmelt from reaching the gutter and draining efficiently. Ice dams keep excess moisture on the roof for longer and cause significant roof damage over time. Gutter maintenance is key to clearing the way for drainage and preventing ice dams.
Watch this video to learn more about the potential damage that can be caused by clogged gutters.
Why Should Homeowners Maintain Clean Gutters?
Maintaining gutter guards and regular gutter care are key to functional water management. This helps protect your home and it’s value. We recommend a good gutter cleaning once or twice a year depending on your property. A house on a heavily wooded landscape, for example, should have its gutters cleaned more often. In climates where there are heavy storms, rainfall, and snowstorms, gutter maintenance is crucial.
Gutter protection systems are great prevention, but some cleaning and maintenance will always be needed. Even if you have a gutter helmet, it will need to be sprayed down and cleared off regularly. This will keep debris from collecting on top and rendering gutters and downspouts practically useless. For unprotected gutters, cleaning is even more important as debris quickly collects on the edges of the roof and in the gutter.
And fall is a great time to do this. Once the bulk of the leaves have fallen, the landscaping work is done for the season, don’t forget this important step. It’s also a good thing to take care of before the heavy fall rains and winter snows hit.
What Is the Easiest Way to Clean Gutters?
We’ve been in the home improvement business for a long time and we haven’t yet met anyone who enjoys cleaning their gutters. It’s a hard job because of the height, the equipment required and the need to be careful. It can be dangerous; every season, homeowners risk injury from falling off a ladder or from the roof. Plus, there’s no way to do it without getting dirty and wet. So, everyone wants to know what is the quickest and simplest way to clean gutters out. That’s power washing.
There is a wide range of power washing attachments and accessories available to help make the job faster. Many are fit for both residential and professional use. If you’re going to do gutter cleaning on your own, you should plan on investing in the following tools:
But you don’t have to go it alone. It’s safer and infinitely easier to call in the help of a residential power washing service.
Benefits of Power Washing Gutters
Power washing is the most effective way to clear out gutters. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional power washing company, this technique has clear advantages.
With a power washer, it’s easy to clear away heavy debris and tough residue. The process also removes mold and mildew.
Doesn’t Cause Damage
Power washing is safe for house maintenance work. Using the right attachments, it won’t cause damage to vinyl, aluminum, wood, brick, stone, or other exterior siding materials.
Using a pressure washer with the proper extensions decreases the need to work from on top of the roof or from an unstable ladder. Especially for single-story homes, you do the job with both feet on the ground.
The dirt and debris cleared from gutters can also be sprayed away from the driveway, deck, and sidewalk with high-pressure water. Once the gutters have been cleaned, this makes cleaning up around the home super simple.
Nobody wants to spend their precious free time cleaning gutters. It’s a tough, dirty job. Yet keeping the gutters clear goes a long way toward protecting your home from water damage. Why not call in the pros at Trotta’s Power Washing? We can save homeowners time, while preventing the need for costly repair work.
Our estimates are free, professional, fair and fast - often delivered within 24 hours! In order to get you an accurate quote, we may need to speak with you or schedule a site visit so that we understand the history of your property and the full scope of your project.
In some cases, your property will not be ready for service. If this is the case, we will let you know what prepration or clean-up will be needed before we can begin service. Work will only be completed with your approval.