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Is It Time To Have Your Gutters Cleaned?


By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

 
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, usually in the fall and spring. If you can only afford a once a year cleaning, try to have it done after the leaves stop falling and before winter. When seeking out a good company, keep the following advice in mind.
 
Reputable Companies: Never hire someone driving through your neighborhood offering to clean your gutters.  Most of these individuals do not have appropriate workers compensation and/or liability insurance. Use a well-known and reputable company who you can always find in the future, or able to easily contact for any reason. You want an established company with an office that you can go to if you ever need personal contact. Check out the address of the contractor and see how long they have been in the area.
 
Timing: Typically, the best gutter cleaning companies are going to be booked out about 7 - 14 days, and maybe longer, during the busy seasons. Don’t wait until you have overflowing gutters or water intrusion to get your gutters cleaned. This can lead to expensive repairs, most notably, wood rot repair, and possible termite damage.
Quotes/Warranties/Insurance: Always verify workers compensation and liability insurance before contracting with a gutter cleaning company, whose workers will be working at dangerous heights and positions on your home.
 
Cost: As the old saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’.  You don’t have to overpay, but be wary of the lowest prices you can find.
 
Communication: Ask the contractor for customer references who have had work performed similar to yours.