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Why You Should Hire a Professional Gutter Cleaning Service

If you're like most Fairfield County homeowners, gutter cleaning is likely not one of your favorite tasks to complete. We get it. Not only are the pipes hard to reach—often requiring the use of a ladder, which can be dangerous—they're also filled with all kinds of gunk, making the cleaning process unpleasant to say the least. Gutter cleaning can also be a time-consuming process; and who wants to spend their weekends elbow deep in muck?

That said, this chore is one of the most important ways to keep your property safe from water damage and erosion. It should be done at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The easiest way to make sure you get your gutters cleaned regularly is by scheduling a professional service when you'd also take care of other seasonal to-dos, like pressure washing, checking for signs of wood rot and landscaping.

Staying on top of regular maintenance ensures the system works correctly. This is important for preventing drainage issues, collapsing gutters and damage to your siding—to name a few reasons.

If gutter cleaning isn't a task you can do yourself—either because you don't have the time, are nervous climbing ladders, or simply don't want to—we're happy to take care of it for you. The pros at Mr. Handyman of Fairfield County have more than a decade of experience completing a range of property maintenance, installation and repair tasks.

Take back your weekend by trusting the frustrating task of cleaning your rain gutters to our pro team. We'll ensure the system works smoothly all year round so your home and yard stay in the best condition possible.

When Should I Clean My Gutters?

You should hire cleaning services at least twice a year. However, there may be a couple situations where you need to complete this task more often, or outside the regular routine. For instance, if you notice any of the following red flags, you should book the experts at Mr. Handyman as soon as possible:

  • Sagging pipes

  • Staining on siding

  • Birds, insects or other pests stationed on your roof

  • Water spillage

  • Plant growth in pipes

Why Clean Your Gutters in the First Place?

As the seasons change, all kinds of debris finds its way into your gutters, including leaves, twigs, dirt and even garbage. This build-up inhibits the system from doing its job: collecting rainwater and snowmelt and moving it a safe distance away from your home's foundation. It does this by transporting water through downspouts. But when clogged, the pipes can't transport water and instead it floods over the side, spilling onto your home and yard. This can cause all kinds of damage.

Avoid Flooding Your Yard/Garden

Water spilling forcefully off the side of clogged pipes during a rain storm will cause serious damage to your lawn or garden below. Soil will erode, flowers and plants will be washed away, and bushes could die. Not to mention, excess water will make a muddy mess if left unattended.

Stop Erosion of Paved Areas

You may not have flowers or grass framing your house, but even a sidewalk, patio or paving stones will be damaged by overflowing gutters. Excess water will cause the supporting soil to shift and erode. This will crack and sink pavement, bricks or stones.

Prevent Damage to Your Foundation

Damage to patio stones, pavement, grass and flowers or shrubs are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the damage caused by clogged gutters. The main issue is what can happen to your home's foundation. The ground will erode, causing your home's foundation to shift and move. This makes it crack. Small cracks are not much to worry about, but during the winter these cracks will worsen. If left unattended, this may cause serious harm to your home's supports.

Avoid Basement Flooding

If your foundation is at risk of damage from flooding or pooling water, it follows that your basement will be too. If your gutter system can't properly divert water during serious rainfall or snow melt, then your basement might flood. Even if a flood doesn't occur, damp soil might cause a range of other problems like wood rot, mildew, mold and fungal growth in your drywall and wood supports.

Keep Pests Out

All kinds of critters love to crawl within congested gutters. In fact, twigs, leaves and other gunk are the perfect environment for many birds and insects to nest. In particular, mosquitoes like to breed in standing water and dirty gutters are the perfect opportunity to propagate. If you notice swarms of mosquitoes around your roof, it's likely time for a cleaning service.

Protect Your Roof and Fascia

It's not just the areas below your gutters that can be damaged without regular cleaning and maintenance. Your roof is a prime target for issues like wood rot, warping and mold to develop. In particular, soffits and fascia (which actually support your gutters) may succumb to rot, start to sag, or even collapse.

Prevent Damage to Hangers and Brackets

Your gutters themselves can also fall into disrepair if they are not cleaned regularly. Pooling water and debris are very heavy. If too much time passes, the weight will continue to grow and put significant strain on the system. If left alone, the gutter hangers and brackets will tear away from your roof and fall to the ground—requiring serious repairs.

Hire Our Expert Services Today!

Are you ready to get your gutters clean in preparation for summer? Whether you need routine maintenance or require repair/installation services, our experts at Mr. Handyman of Upper Fairfield County are the team for the task. We can help with all your seasonal maintenance, as well as any odd-jobs that you need done around the house. We provide high quality workmanship and outstanding customer service. Ensuring you have a positive experience with our company is always our top priority.

To book an appointment with one of our qualified professionals today, we invite you to call our friendly customer service representatives at 866-550-1710. You can also reach us online by filling out a service request form.