Gutter Cleaning - General Info | Best Pick Reports

Clogged and overflowing gutters can dump gallons of water onto the ground next to the house. This water can cause basement waterproofing problems, foundation and landscape erosion, soil splatter, and settlement issues. Many homeowners think they need waterproofing when they actually just need gutter cleaning. Gutter cleaning is much less costly than waterproofing. If gutters are not installed and flashed properly, water can also flow over the back edge of the gutter and damage the fascia or the soffit.

Sometimes gutters can be cleaned from the roof; other times, a ladder is necessary. High-pitched roofs and specialty roofs, such as authentic slate or cedar shake, usually require ladders. Whether the technician works from the ground or from a ladder, the heights involved make gutter cleaning dangerous work. To ensure their safety, professionals have the proper equipment, such as ladders equipped with levelers.

To protect gutters from dents, some gutter-cleaning companies also equip their ladders with U-shaped, stand-away brackets. These brackets allow the ladder to rest against the wall of the house instead of the gutter.

Some companies haul away debris removed from gutters. Others leave it in inconspicuous places, such as under the bushes. Still others just throw it on the ground for you to clean up after they leave. It costs more to have the debris hauled away than left on the ground. When comparing gutter cleaners, understand how each plans to dispose of debris.