FAQ’s for Gutter Cleaning
How often should I clean my gutters?
Most of Lakeview ProWash customers have their gutters cleaned at least once pr year, in some cases as much as 4 times per year. A simple visual inspection can tell you if you’re ready. If you have a lot of debris on your roof, can see gutter debris from the ground, can see gutters overflowing when it’s raining, then it is most likely time to get them cleared out. You can also tell if your gutters are overflowing if you have a lot of stains and algae on the gutter facings, or fascia board.
What causes my gutters to stop working?
The need for gutter cleaning can vary greatly depending on the environment surrounding your house or property. Generally trees are you worst enemy. However, gutters can get clogged with little to no trees around the property. This is generally from the natural deterioration of the roof, algae growing from inside the gutter, or construction debris left behind in gutters.
How does Lakeview ProWash clean gutters?
First Lakeview Pro Wash will use backpack blowers to remove the loose debris that may be on the roof. All gutters are cleared out by hand the majority of time. Lakeview ProWash uses ladders, cleaning tools, and buckets to remove the gutter debris without getting gutter muck all over the place. Then each downspout is checked to make sure the water is flowing properly. Generally the gutter debris is put in a yard waste bin, compost pile, or is dumped in the woods if approved by homeowner. Debris can be hauled away when there is no other option. In the summer time when everything is bone dry we like to blow out the gutters when possible. Lakeview ProWash takes great care to not blow wet, nasty gutter debris onto your house, or under the eaves. Lakeview ProWash always cleans up after the job is done.
Does Lakeview ProWash repair gutters?
Yes. Minor gutter repairs include reattaching/fixing loose gutters, adding flashing where needed to redirect water flow, adding or fixing downspouts. Lakeview ProWash does not install or replace gutters.
Does gutter screening work?
In 12 years of cleaning gutters Lakeview ProWash has not found any type of screen or gutter that is truly maintenance free. Almost all screens and attachments that you can put on a gutter will not work as well as you may think. Generally you pay a lot for the materials, and pay to have them installed. When they stop working (generally 1-3 years later) you then need to pay extra for gutter cleaning because the screening material will need to be removed, the gutters cleaned, and then the screening material needs to be reinstalled. All of this adds up to a much bigger cost , being a much more difficult job than just having a simple gutter cleaning service performed generally costing between $150 – $200.
What about covered gutter systems?
Lakeview ProWash crews have only seen one covered gutter system that works almost as well as advertised. The problem with covered gutter systems is that the water constantly flows over the outside of the gutter causing debris and algae to accumulate on the outer surfaces. Also we have had to clean debris out of many of these gutter systems, usually after several years of use though. We can clean these gutters by pressure washing the exterior of the gutters and also blasting the debris towards the downspouts with a high flow of water.
What about the gutter facing?
Lakeview ProWash can wash the gutter faces by hand, using a bleach solution, or by using a light pressure washing. This does not apply to wood gutters.