Benefits of Hiring a Professional Gutter Cleaning/Contractor Service
Whether you’re a business owner or homeowner, there are major benefits of hiring a professional gutter cleaning service. If you are undecided about whether or not to hire a gutter cleaner, here are some things to consider.
Prevent Water Damage
The entire purpose of your gutters is to protect your home from water damage. When your gutters are full of debris, they simply cannot do their job. Water will pool up in full, dirty gutters, damage the gutters themselves, and eventually come out in unintended and unpleasant ways.
Remove Potential Nesting Places
Wet, rotting material built up inside a gutter tract is not only an eyesore and prevents the gutter from doing its job, but it’s also a major draw to nesting animals that may damage your home. Birds do not often make their nests in a gutter, but they certainly can. Insects, wasps, and other unsavory creatures, on the other hand, will take full advantage of the opportunity. Worse still, because a dirty gutter tends to be a trap for fungus and mold, the nesting creatures that it attracts are some of the most unsavory.
Preserve Your Landscaping
You’ve invested time, money, and energy into the landscaping around your home. Part of the job of your gutters is direct rainwater in directions that will not cause damage to your lawn and garden. Of course, unclean and blocked-up gutters cannot do this. Water will spill out over the edge of dirty gutters, and most of the time the water will be dirty and unpleasant.
Guard Against Basement Flooding
If you have a basement, your gutters are even more important than they would be otherwise. Water always moves downward via the path of least resistance. If your gutters are sending water over the sides, there is very little stopping it from flowing into or around the foundation of your basement. Even if the water does not go into your basement, it will accumulate around the foundation and compromise it.
Extend the Life of Your Roof
The roof of your home is one of the most important functioning parts of the structure. It protects you and everything inside from the elements, and protects the building from damage. Unclean gutters are a threat to your roofing. If dirty, wet debris remains in contact with a section of the roof and it can cause water and mold damage.
Safety & Comfort
Many people enjoy being on the porch or patio even when it rains. Having the rain shower down over the side of the house can ruin your enjoyment of the rain. It also means that any time it rains, you can’t go in and out of the house without stepping through a shower of dirty gutter water.
Maintain the Beauty of Your Home
When gutters fill with old, moldy leaves, trapped water, and other debris that will accumulate over time, it will cause the gutter to sag and eventually break. Gutters that break and fall away from the buildings they are attached to almost always cause damage to the building and can be dangerous.
Leave the Risk to the Professionals
We all know that the majority of accidents that result in injury or worse happen at home, often on a ladder. A professional gutter cleaning service will use the right equipment, use it in the right way, and get the job done in the most professional manner.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Gutter Cleaning Service
Not all home and garden services are created equal. Be sure to ask your prospective gutter cleaner the following questions before you hire.
“How Long Have You Been in Business?”
A qualified gutter cleaner will possess all of the proper safety equipment and sufficient experience to do the job reliably. For a dedicated gutter cleaning service, usually, at least one year of experience is needed. Newer gutter cleaning contractors can be good, but more vetting may be required.
“May I Check Your References?”
Any good gutter cleaner will have a long list of satisfied customers. Generally, people who give the contractor permission to use them as a reference will be happy to tell you how pleased they are with the service provided.
“What Other Services do You Provide?”
A good gutter cleaning service will either be a dedicated gutter service or offer a range of home and garden services. You may wish to hire them for more types of work after delivering a satisfactory gutter cleaning.
“How Are Your Employees Trained?”
Cleaning gutters does come with the risk of a fall. You want to be sure that any employees doing the work are fully trained, use good safety habits, and are insured.
What to Expect From a Professional Gutter Cleaning Service
There are definite advantages to working with a professional gutter cleaning service. They include;
You should get a call or email before and after the service is rendered. The call before the service is to make sure you are aware of the day and time the worker or workers intend to show up. You will be offered a time by which you must cancel without being charged should you no longer wish to receive the service. The follow-up call or email should offer you an opportunity to comment on the quality of the service. If the person who completed the work did a quality job, this is your chance to let them know.
Professional Quality Work
As opposed to doing the work yourself, or hiring a friend or relative, working with a professional gutter cleaner means you can hold them to professional standards. The job should be done impeccably well, and the manner in which it is done should also be highly professional.
Doing the work yourself or having a non-professional do it means that at the end of the day, you’re stuck with the job as it has been done. If your gutters get damaged, you will have no recourse other than fixing it yourself. By hiring a professional, you get the ability to hold them accountable for incomplete work or damage to your property should any occur.
A professional gutter cleaning contractor should also be insured, to protect both you and the worker/s in the event of an accident.
What Goes into Becoming a Professional Cleaning Service Provider?
A home and garden contractor who provides gutter cleaning services has a duty to ensure any employees are fully and properly trained.
Because of the potentially dangerous nature of gutter cleaning, some states and counties have regulations in place requiring any employee performing gutter cleaning be trained and certified not only for safety reasons but also for quality assurance. Contractors may also have their employees certified in areas where it is not mandated, which is always nice to see.
On the Job Training
One of the most common ways for gutter cleaning employees to be trained is by working directly with an experienced gutter cleaner.
Just as on the job training is common, many contractors will also hold training sessions using their own gutters and equipment.