Here’s what we do
First, we clear any significant amount of roof debris such as tree pollen, twigs and leaves from your roof and roof valleys and then clean the gutter troughs by hand. It is the only way to thoroughly remove roof sediment, shingle grit and any plants and moss that may be growing inside the gutter troughs. We then rinse the troughs and flush the downspouts to make sure there are no clogs. We also bag up the gutter debris for you. If you have gutter guards, we know how to lift or remove in strategic locations, if necessary, to access the troughs and downspouts to ensure a thorough cleaning.
Here’s what we do
We replace downspout assemblies, downspout elbows and extensions. We can re-attach and secure gutters and downspouts and downspout extensions. We can manufacture custom splash guards and provide solutions for leak and drip control in some instances.
** Currently, we are only offering gutter repair services to our gutter cleaning clients **
All gutters with gutter guards require maintenance at some point. When… is determined by the type of gutter guards you install and the conditions surrounding your home. Having said that, we have worked with every gutter guard available. Although not everyone is a candidate for gutter guards, we know the pros and cons considering your home and the conditions surrounding your home. They are also convex which deters “debris matting” which is common to flat gutter guards. We believe the gutter guards we install are excellent quality and a good value for your dollar. Unlike any other gutter guard, they come in three styles specific to the conditions surrounding your home.
Looking to refresh your home’s curb appeal?
We not only clean the debris from inside your gutters, but we also clean the outside! Take your gutters from dingy to refreshed. We can provide soft pressure washing or by-hand services (depending on the condition of the gutter exterior) to the outside of your entire or in part, aluminum gutter system. We use a “soap” that will not harm people, plants or animals. We hand apply this biodegradable product (when required) and clean the outside of your gutters by soft tip pressure washing or by hand.
What you need to know
Gutters are a vital part of your roofing system. They divert rainwater away from the perimeter of your home to prevent water from seeping into your home and basement. If you allow your gutters to become clogged, they will not function properly. They require regular maintenance to keep your home looking beautiful and to protect your investment.
Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause major issues with your home. Here are a few common examples:
Properly functioning gutters direct water away from the structure of your home. Water that gets trapped will find the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. This often means it finds its way into the walls, windows and ceilings of your house, causing water damage including mold and rot. Water that sits in gutter troughs because the downspouts are blocked, will rot the wood fascia that holds the gutters in place, eventually causing the gutters to fall off. Replacing wood fascia is costly. Routine gutter maintenance provides on-going benefits to your home investment and saves you money in the long run.
Flooded basements and cracking foundations are other symptoms of clogged gutters. If water doesn’t drain away from the house, it can pool around the foundation and expand when frozen. This causes cracks which lead to flooding in your basement or crawl space.
Remember – gutters are only intended to move water away from your home, not to bear weight. The weight of water, twigs, sediment, shingle grit and other debris can loosen gutters and downspouts and cause them to pull away from the wood fascia and other attachments. Sometimes a determined raccoon can impact your gutters too ! When gutters are pulled away from the wood fascia, water will then flow from the roof between the edge of the roof and gutter trough to collect at the foundation. Never entering the gutter trough at all.
Ice dams are formed as a result of specific winter weather conditions. A lack of insulation in the eaves or roof overhang or importantly, by accumulated debris in the gutters. When freezing occurs during the winter, an ice dam is created when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter or downspout and then freezes, melts and refreezes. Ice dams can force water under the roof and into your home or push up against the roof structure and then work its way under the shingles and into your home. Ice dams can become so heavy they can rip the gutter right off your home resulting in costly repair bills.
Animals and insects:
Clogged gutters can become an inviting home to carpenter ants, termites, spiders, centipedes, mosquitoes and even rodents. If these pests are living in your gutters, they can also make their way into your home. Even with gutter guards, birds love to build nests in gutter troughs which can contribute to gutter problems.
How often do I need to clean my gutters?
That depends on a couple of things – What kind of conditions surround your home? What kind of gutter guards do you have installed? What kind of trees surround your property and how large or mature are the tree canopies? If you clean gutters twice per year – late spring or early summer after tree pollen like Oak catkins (aka stringy things), Maple samaras (aka helicopters), or Maple buds and Cottonwood catkins (aka fluff) have dropped and then again if necessary, in the fall or early winter, you’re generally set. Other things like tennis balls, badminton birdies, roofing materials, etc. can also be problematic. It is not uncommon for birds or other animals to build nests in or around gutters so it’s a good idea to check your gutter system regularly during rain events that have quantity and duration, for signs of a clogged gutter.
How much does it cost?
The simple answer is that it could end up costing you much more if you don’t clean gutters regularly. Gutters are intended to carry rainwater from your roof, down the side of your home and away from the foundation. The further the water is carried away, the better chance you have of avoiding flooding and problems with the foundation, water damage to the structure, and potential mold and rot of the roof structure and shingles. Gutters are not intended to bear weight. Gutter cleaning should be considered as part of annual home maintenance to get longevity out of your gutter system and to protect your home investment.
The actual cost to clean your gutters is based on variables: The number of levels of the structure, the linear feet of gutters, number of downspouts, the pitch of the roof, whether all the gutters need to be cleaned, the amount of debris on the roof and whether there are gutter guards and type.
Please contact us today to set up an appointment for a free estimate: 734-730-6505
About Gutter Champ
Established in 2004, we are a small, locally owned company that offers professional gutter and downspout cleaning, gutter system repairs (above grade only), gutter guard installation and gutter shine for improved curb appeal. We take pride in our work and our customer service. In addition to being fully insured, we offer best practice gutter cleaning methods, environmentally safe cleaning solutions, and the Gutter Champ “No Clog” guarantee.
Gutter Champ is people’s TOP CHOICE for gutter cleaning!