Owning your own home means you have a long list of to-dos throughout the year. Just when you finish them all, it's time to start all over again. The one you least look forward to? Gutter cleaning. There's no exterior maintenance task as unglamorous as one that requires you to dig through a trough of wet, rotting leaves, insect nests, and quite possibly mold. Thankfully, hiring a professional Charleston handyman is completely possible to take care of gutter cleaning in Charleston, WV. 

At Mr. Handyman of Kanawha Valley, we aim to make your life easier, giving you more free time for your family and hobbies–not to mention keeping your hands clean. Call today to book or read on to discover more about how we approach gutter cleaning in Charleston, WV.

How We Approach Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV

No matter how long you have been a property owner, one of the first lessons you likely learned was the value of keeping your gutters clean and clear. Maybe the lesson was passed along by older family members when you were a kid, or maybe you learned it the hard way yourself. In any case, in terms of important home maintenance tasks that are entirely non-negotiable, gutter cleaning tops the list. Why? Because what happens when you neglect it can spell disaster for your home.

The importance of gutter cleaning remains whether you have traditional or seamless gutters, and most likely will still come into play even if you have gutter guards. As a homeowner, if you care about the condition of your home's exterior, indoor air quality, and number of pests you see in your yard, by default, you care about gutter cleaning. 

However, climbing up a ladder to hard-to-reach places and teetering while scooping out handfuls of mushy leaves and debris isn't possible for all of us–even if some are ready and willing to do it. Seniors or those with mobility issues may prefer to leave the job to a professional, as will those who would rather not risk their safety (or Saturday afternoon). 

When choosing Mr. Handyman to handle your gutter cleaning, you can rest easy knowing it will be taken care of without putting your safety at risk or compromising your weekend plans. What's more, in many cases, you won't even need to be home for this exterior form of maintenance, leaving you free to schedule it while you're at work. Talk about convenience! Here's how it works:

Our Thorough Process For Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV

The First Steps: Inspection & Assessment

You can't have a thorough gutter cleaning process without an inspection. As professional gutter cleaners, we know the value of assessing the gutter condition and state of your home's exterior before we get to work. While you may want your gutter cleaned, in some cases, minor repairs must be made first. 

During our inspection of your gutters, we'll check out the gutter system, downspout, roof, siding, fascia, and more. All of these parts are interconnected with one another, which means if your gutters have begun to pull away from the sides of your home due to a lack of cleaning, there's a good chance your roof or siding is damaged too. If it's been a while since your last cleaning, we may find damage that we need to fix. If we do, we'll let you know right away and make sure we get the go-ahead before performing any repairs. 

If we do not spot damage, we'll make sure that the gutter pitch is correct and that all of the joints are properly aligned. We must inspect the condition of the gutters as well to ensure they're free from rust and sites of wear and tear that may turn into holes or cracks.

The Main Event: Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV

You called us to clean your gutters, and clean them we will. There are many factors to pay attention to during your cleaning appointment, and our trained team is experienced in the proper removal of debris from all parts of your gutter system. We'll need to not only clean out your main gutter but the downspout as well to ensure that when rain falls on your roof, it will easily be able to pass through the system and away from the base of your home.

Our cleaning process starts with addressing what's causing your clogged gutters, such as pine needles and other debris from trees. There may also be dirt and mud caked at the bottom of your gutters, and to properly clean this, we may need to use the soft washing features of a pressure washer. We'll then flush your gutter system with gentle pressure washing to ensure the flow of water isn't obstructed at any point.

The Finishing Touches: Gutter Repair

If your gutter system needs repairs, then even if we clean it, it may not work to the best of its ability. If we find damage during your inspection, we recommend that you get your gutters repaired as well, and often, we can deal with your gutter cleaning and repair on the same day. Gutter repair isn't necessary for every cleaning service we perform, but it is an important part of maintenance if you would like to avoid the possibility of leaks that lead to foundation and structural damage. 

Some of the most common issues we resolve during gutter repairs include sections of sectional gutters that aren't properly attached, sloping issues, broken brackets, holes or cracks, and separated joints. 

The Option: Gutter Guard Installation

Don't like the idea of digging out dirty leaves and mud from your gutters? Then we think you'll love the idea of gutter guards. If this is something you think you would like to add on to one of your quality gutter cleaning or repair services, let us know. You will need to order your preferred system and have it delivered before your service date. 

Not sure which type of gutter guard is right for your home and needs? There are 5 main types to choose from, including screen, micro mesh, brush, foam, and reverse curve. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to do your research before making your selection. Of course, if you would like a professional opinion, you can always ask our knowledgeable team.

Why Choose Mr. Handyman for Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV?

When choosing Mr. Handyman for your Charleston gutter cleaning, you're not just getting a rogue contractor, you're getting a business made up of qualified handymen with decades of combined experience in the trade. Other reasons we're Charleston's first-choice handyman?

  • Professional handymen. Our professional handymen are highly skilled and trained in a wide range of home improvement and maintenance jobs. Our extensive experience makes us experts in our field.
  • Courteous Service. We provide courteous service from start to finish. From the first phone call with our customer care team to the last word you have with the project manager, we'll always be kind, courteous, and respectful.
  • One-Call solution. We're the one-call solution for all of your home improvement and maintenance needs. We can handle a wide variety of projects for the interior and exterior of your home. Whether you're looking for bathroom remodeling or gutter cleaning, we've got you covered.
  • Guaranteed workmanship. We back every one of our services with our Done Right Promise to give you total peace of mind in the work we perform and the supplies we use. If our workmanship isn't up to par, just let us know. We'll come back to make it right at no additional cost.
  • Locally owned & operated company. As a locally owned and operated company, we care about building up our community and making each and every neighborhood shine. 

Call us today to learn more about how we can help your unique home! While you're here, you can also check out our local reviews and meet the team online!

Charleston Gutter Cleaning FAQs

Why is Gutter Cleaning Important?

Unless you have learned it the hard way, the importance of gutter cleaning may have slipped between the cracks in the eavestrough of your mind. If you haven't seen firsthand the damage that excess water can have on your siding, roof, and foundation, you may not know that (in very extreme cases) neglecting regular gutter cleaning can put your house at risk for structural issues. 

Gutters carry water away from the exterior of your home, including your roof, siding, and foundation. Without them, that water falls straight down to the base around where your home is built, seeping into the ground. If you have sump pump equipment, that high volume of water may be enough to overload it, causing it to spill out onto your yard or flood the basement of your house. 

Blocked gutters pose the same threat of not having gutters at all. We'll even go so far as to say that if you're going to neglect gutter cleaning, you may as well remove them from your roof! Neglected gutter cleaning may also cause damage to your roof, siding, fascia, and soffits through the extra weight they carry. This weight burdens the pieces that connect your gutters to your home, pulling away and potentially causing pieces of your house to become damaged too. 

What Are The Signs I Need Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV?

With so much going on in life, it can be easy to forget to clean your gutters. Ideally, you should hire a gutter cleaner twice per year in West Virginia, but we understand that this isn't possible for all. Not sure if your gutters are blocked? Be on the lookout for these telltale signs:

  • Overflowing. When it rains, water overflows out of your gutter systems and down the sides of your house. You may notice this when looking out your window or if you have just arrived home in the middle of a rainstorm.
  • Sagging. Your gutters are sagging in the middle, or you have roof damage. When gutters are full of debris, they can become quite heavy and sag in some locations. This will eventually cause them to pull away from your home or develop expensive damage.
  • Pooling. Water is pooling around the base of your home after a rainstorm. If there are damp spots or standing water at your home's foundation, there's a chance too much water has seeped into the ground.
  • Pests. You notice swarms of pests or birds near your gutters. Birds and pests need water to survive and breed, and that makes your blocked gutters an attractive nesting ground.
  • Plants & branches. You see branches or twigs hanging out of your gutters or notice plants or mushrooms growing when you inspect them close up. 
  • Stains, peeling paint, or mold. When on your siding, these signs can indicate excess moisture in your home. This is problematic if the water has made it behind your gutters, as mold can spread rather quickly.

How Often Should I Get Professional Gutter Cleaning in Charleston, WV?

We recommend that you clean gutter systems on your home twice each year. You may be able to get away with it once per year, but it depends on how much debris and leaves typically fall into your gutter systems. If you would like to lower the chance of water damage to your house, you should clean out your gutters in early spring and fall when rain is more common. Spring brings seed pods that can obstruct your gutters, while fall brings the shedding of leaves. Seeking gutter cleaning services twice per year will ensure your rain gutters are free and clear for the coming season. 

Protect Your Home and Call Mr. Handyman for Gutter Cleaning. Charleston, WV, is in Safe Hands!

Now that you know the importance of gutter cleaning and how often you should schedule your professional gutter cleaning projects, there's only one thing left to do. Failure to clean out your gutters comes with a slew of issues and can put your home in serious danger.

If you would rather leave the project to an expert rather than take on DIY gutter cleaning yourself, you can rely on the experienced team at Mr. Handyman of Kanawha Valley for quality service. What's more, when choosing our experienced team, in the event you require gutter cleaning, repair, and gutter guard installation, one call is all it takes to check all of these tasks off your to-do list.  

Looking for additional home maintenance services? Ask us about deck and patio repair, drywall repair, and more. Contact us today!
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