Some homeowners believe that their gutters only need to be cleaned annually. But for many homes, especially those under trees, once a year is not enough.
The primary function of of a gutter system is to drain water away from the house. Once a gutter begins to accumulate debris, water can pour over the gutter onto a wall where peeling paint and rotten siding will often follow. Foundation and sidewalk issues can also result from improperly cleaned gutters. Moisture inside the walls may also draw termites to your home. Installing high-quality gutters and keeping them cleaned regularly are of utmost importance.
If you live under oak trees, gutters need to be cleaned twice a year. If you live under pine trees, which shed more regularly, gutters need to be cleaned quarterly.
Gutters and downspouts should be inspected and tuned-up to ensure they aren’t pulling away from the house and causing water to intrude into your home.
It is a common misconception that gutters with gutter guard systems will not require any cleaning. Even the best systems will still require maintenance and cleaning. Small particles, and berries may still penetrate the guard system, so installing gutter guards may lessen your maintenance to as little as once every two years; and more often for homes under actively shedding trees.
Gutter Cleaning Prices
The most cost-effective gutter cleaning prices are normally done under a gutter service agreement. This ensures the lowest pricing because gutters will be maintained appropriately over the long run. Gutters that are cleaned regularly are easier to clean, thereby reducing the cost. The average cost of gutter cleaning is $180 with most homeowners spending between $170 and $195. Gutter cleaning costs between $175 and $250 in a two-story home with 200 linear feet of gutters. Pricing can increase for larger homes and homes with more than two stories, or when gutters are poorly maintained, or tune-ups and repairs are included in the price.