All the way up at the top of your house, your gutters play an essential role. By collecting, diverting and draining rainwater away, they protect your property inside and out. Without them you could face minor damage such as stained walls through to major damage to the very foundations of your property.

So, it’s great news that we’ve got gutters. Unfortunately however, gutters become blocked. It is almost inevitable and once they are blocked they no longer function properly. You can face all the same problems as if you never had them in the first place. For this reason, it is really important to get your gutters regularly cleaned.

What causes blocked gutters?

It may be difficult to imagine anything getting into your gutters but you’d be surprised. Leaves, twigs and seeds blow from trees and get caught in gutters; moss, bacteria and fungi grow in the damp environment; and even bird poo can add to the problem.

Once a blockage is established, it gets worse. Seeds begin growing into whole plants which cause all kinds of damage beyond clogging your gutter. Plus these blockages actually create the perfect place for insects, rodents, lizards and frogs to feed and settle down.

How much does gutter cleaning cost?

Property type

Ground floor

First floor

Second floor

Terraced house

£46

£66

£73

End of terraced

£66

£86

£106

Semi-detached

£66

£86

£116

Detached

from £86

From £106

From £126

Downpipe

£15

£17

£21

Conservatory

£27

£27

£27

What affects the cost of gutter cleaning services?

It is worth getting your gutters cleaned professionally for reasons we’ll come to later. However, nobody wants to feel they are overpaying for a service, so we’ve detailed what affects the price we quote:

  • The height

It’s naturally quicker and easier to clean the gutters of a bungalow, closer to the ground, than those at the top of a block of flats. We generally use a telescopic system and work from the ground but can take on almost any work at height, too. It will, however, affect the price.

  • The amount of guttering

Quite simply, the more guttering at your property, the longer the service will take. The type of house you own will dictate this to an extent. For example, a mid-terrace house naturally has less guttering than a detached house.

  • Add-ons

Many customers just want us to tackle their gutters. However, we are very happy to quote for and clean the downpipes as well as the gutters on your garage, conservatory, wood store… or anywhere else! Ask us to quote and we’ll factor it into the cost of the service. 

How long does it take to clean gutters?

Linked to and affecting the cost, the time it takes to clean gutters depends on a few things. As a guide, we would expect a terraced house to take around one hour. A semi-detached home is likely to take up to two hours while a detached can take between one and four hours depending on its size.

What does a gutter cleaning service include?

It’s all very well knowing the price and how long a service will take, but it’s important to know what you are getting for your money. Our trained, experienced staff provide a thorough, careful service that achieves fantastic results.

Our first step is to carry out a camera inspection so that we know exactly what we are dealing with. We can pinpoint troublesome areas and decide on a plan of action.

Next, we generally get to work with the latest Sky Vac technology. This enables us to work form the ground to remove blockages and clear your gutters.

We then carry out a final camera inspection for total peace of mind.

How often should you get your gutters cleaned?

The rate at which blockages build up depends on a few variables including the area in which you live, but we generally recommend using a professional gutter cleaning service once per year. Late autumn – early winter is a good time to choose, once the leaves have mostly fallen.

During this annual clean and inspection we will not only clean your gutters but make you aware of any other issues in your guttering that may need further attention. We can often arrange to help you with this as well. 

The risks of DIY gutter cleaning

It may be tempting to carry out gutter cleaning on your own but we would strongly recommend against this.

We may be wrong, but it is unlikely you have the necessary equipment to safely clean your gutters from the ground. That means you will have to climb up a ladder to gain access, which poses many risks. The most obvious of these is falling from height and seriously hurting yourself.

Another danger you may not have considered is that of electrocution. There are often a surprising number of wires around guttering and the risk of accidentally electrocuting yourself while cleaning the gutters is real and very serious.

Then, aside from hurting yourself, you may cause accidental damage to your home while striving for clean gutters. Leaning in the wrong place, accidentally knocking something with your elbow or even misjudging the placement of your ladder can easily damage your home.

Get in touch

Although you may not often think about your gutters, keeping them in good working order is a great way to help take care of your home. We are trusted professionals when it comes to roof and gutter cleaning and would be delighted to offer a no obligation quote for your property.

By using a professional service you can be sure of the best results with none of the hassle. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more or arrange a quote today.

 

 

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