We clean gutters by going above and beyond the call of duty, which includes loose debris removal from the roof, air blowing, pressure washing (when needed), and pictures to show that we did a great job so you don’t have to get up on the roof and check the work. The low pressure cleaning is nice because it gets everything clean and I shoot the wand in all of the downspouts to clear them of any clogged debris. We have special tools for clearing underground clogs as well – rooter equipment which if needed would be an additional 250.00 cost for each clog. We would keep you posted before getting into any additional work. When we are done on the roof we go around the house and clean any mess that is left behind and will pressure wash rinse the outside of the gutters, the siding and whatever else got dirty from the job. We have a 190.00 minimum. 503-432-9093
If you have a super crazy dangerous job then it may be more then 1$ a foot but will be happy to give you an estimate.
The pressure washing, air blowing method for gutter cleaning is by far superior as it gets everything pristine and clean! Scooping out by hand or with a scooper leaves debris left behind which can clog your downspouts.
For repairs, we will need to get them fully clean and draining first before we are able to asses what type of repairs they will need. If any. Unless its obvious. We are able to do repairs up to a certain point because we are not installers and are not able to fabricate new gutters. If you do need this, we will let you know and will give you some good referrals for some very good contractors who can do this type of work.
Extra large corrugated downspouts with baskets help to keep gutters clean!
One of the systems that we love and it works very well for keeping the gutters cleaner for longer is the extra large corrugated downspouts with the basket debris catcher at a level where you can reach the debris from the ground (see the first photo below). What this system does is it allows for the debris to be sucked down the gutter downspout with the water and then caught in the basket so that way the stuff does not go underground and cause a clog. The hole in the top of the gutter is opened up much larger to accommodate your new larger downspouts, therefor allowing more debris to be flushed down the downspout hole and so it does not stay up in your gutter causing a clog. See some photos below of some comparisons for the size difference of these compared to regular size downspouts. These work great, you will love them! We can order them in pretty much any color. I would love to meet with you and bring the color sample so that we could discuss some options.
Tree Debris In Your Gutters? Having Thoughts About A Gutter Cover?
If you have heavy tree debris around your house and you are cleaning your gutters out a lot more then necessary, then you may want to try out a gutter guard system. I have tested just about everything on the market and these seem to work the best. I have only seen 3 or 4 working systems, everything else just gets in the way, doesn’t work, and makes it more difficult to clean out the gutters. There are a lot of gimmicks out there, that just do not work and are very annoying to us when we have to work around them. So what I have seen to work for people are the Rainflow, Gutter Domes, Gutter Filters, The triangular foam type filters from Costco or Fred Meyer and of course Leaf Guard. Gutter systems are pretty spendy and they don’t always work so I will not guarantee them, but I will guarantee my work. So the gutter cleaning, and installation of the system is guaranteed. I will not guarantee the functionality of the system. If you have questions or want a bid, please call, conversation and bids are free. 503-432-9093
More often then not, once we install them we need to come back out to the house and dial them in in certain problem areas to help them function better. This is not included with the original installation price, it is an additional 90.00/hr for labor.
I always have people do the math on the cost of the gutter system vs. the cost to have someone out and clean the gutters when needed for the expected life of the guard you are interested in. Usually ends up being more beneficial numbers wise, to just pay someone to clean out the gutters a few times a year.
We have narrowed the gutter covers down to 3 that actually work out of the many that we have seen. There are a lot of gimmicks out there and if a gutter cover company claims that their product is maintenance free, it is not true. There is no such thing. The three that work are as follows.
1. Gutter filters. The positives are that they are cheap and effective. The negatives are that they are only designed to work for about 4 to 5 years and wear out faster in direct sunlight. There are some pictures in my gallery here to the right, they are the brown covers you see over the gutters. They are a double ply system that allows only water in. Cost on these is 10 bucks a foot. See first photo below.
2. Rainflow gutter guards. Positives include a long lasting product, low maintenance, and they are priced in the middle or what you would expect a great working gutter guard to be priced at. They run about 8 bucks a foot installed. The negatives are that they can squish down, they can tear, and weeds love to grow in them if the roof is not treated for moss properly. Regular roof treatments for moss will deter weeds from growing in your gutters. See the photo to the right here of the Rainflow, it is the black mesh type thing there in the gutter. I have also created a you tube video comparing Rainflow to the Gutter Filter on a Cedar roof. http://youtu.be/5eyIoHoiu0A. Also check them out at Rainflowusa.com. Cost on these is 15 bucks a foot. See second photo below.
3. Gutterdome gutter guards. These are hands down the best of the three and what we have seen to work the best to minimize maintenance and debris in the gutters. Maintenance on these, along with any other system is that they may need to be dialed in with some fine tuning and regular cleaning throughout the life of them. The tops of them may need to be cleaned off. They are to last as long as the gutters or as long as you own the house as they are very resilient and made from good quality light metal. The only negative to these, are that they are expensive. It is an investment, but it could be a wise one indeed. If you are interested in these, I would have to come out and give you a bid and show you a sample. See the picture here to the right in the gallery, they are the metal type gutter covers. Also, you can check them out at Gutterdome.com. Cost on these is 20 bucks a foot. See 3rd photo below.
Underground clogs and clearing
We can clear underground clogs, which requires us to use our special rooter equipment. These are 240.00 for each underground clog. They require us to take the downspout apart, clear the downspout, add a strainer so that future clogs do not happen, clear the drain with our rooter hoses, and then devise a good plan for the future so that we do not have worry about that problem anymore. If you are getting clogs in the downspouts and underground, you may be a good candidate for a better downspout system with the debris catcher baskets at ground level. Please ask and ill send you photos and info on these.
We require that you are home when we do the underground clog clearing but only if you have a basement. The reason why is because there is a lot of water coming up out of that pipe during the process.
Rare occasion call backs and or issues
If you do have issues with your gutters or roofs and we were the last ones to work on your roof, please let us know asap. Gutter repairs are billed at a 390.00 minimum and we will take care of any thing that we may have caused at no cost to you. We do not cause damage to roofs and gutters by our safe and effective cleaning methods, so we just want to be fair and be paid for our work. It is not uncommon that on rare occasions by coincidence that you may have an issue and we were the last ones on your roof. Rest assured that I or one of our very knowledgeable team members will get out there to take a look and do an inspection as soon as possible.
The same goes for gutter cleaning and clogs, if there is any new foliage in your gutters since we cleaned them last then we will need to be compensated for our work. We are honest and believe in diligence, so if it is something that we missed we will not bill you.