Gutter clearing & cleaning service
- Get your gutters cleaned and protect your property from leakage and mould growth.
- Before & after pictures of your cleaned guttering’s
- Done from the ground level with high-reach equipment
- Mould and damp growth are reduced to minimum
How this service works.
- Complete our online booking form
- Let us know what type of property you have
- Our team members will call round at an agreed time to carry out an assessment
- They will be equipped to inspect your gutters’ condition and handle the job
- Your guttering will be cleaned
- We will take before and after photos
- Your property will then be better protected from leakages, damp and mould growth, and pests
Why should I have my gutters cleared and cleaned?
Did you know that the leading cause of water damage in the UK is clogged gutters and downpipes?
The accumulated leaves, moss, dirt, and debris are often the lead causes for gutter blockages, which stops the rainwater from freely flowing through them.
Once this happens, the overflowing water can do a lot of damage to your property, such as:
- Structural damage to the foundations
- Leaking roof and basement
- Dampness and mould growth
- Pest infestation
- Gutter and landscaping damage
If you notice any of these problems, don’t wait too long, contact a professional gutter cleaner or the damage caused could lead to you needing to carry out expensive repair work.
See further down for more information on why and when you should have them cleaned.
What does the gutter cleaning process involve?
A specialised 3000-watt wet vacuum machine with a telescopic pole which allows us to reach up to twelve metres or the fourth floor of properties without using a ladder.
Our cleaners will inspect your guttering with a camera attached to the pole and determine their condition and tell you if there is any damage.
Once they have determined the cause of the blockage, they’ll continue with the gutter cleaning service by removing all types of debris such as leaves, twigs, insect nests, etc. to ensure unobstructed rainwater flow.
Once completed your guttering will be clean and free of obstructions, they will use the camera pole again to check, following which they will show you before and after images.
Please Note: That our team are unable to perform the service if they don’t have access to electricity or when there are gutter guards fitted to your rainwater drainage system.
Why can’t I clean the guttering myself?
Gutter cleaning is dangerous for the following reasons:
- Working at height
- Ladder Training / Experience
- Unsuitable equipment
Working at height is the single biggest killer in the construction industry with ladders being particularly dangerous. The risk of falling from a ladder dramatically increases when the user/operator does not have sufficient training, and/or has a lack of experience using ladders and ladder safety equipment.
Unsuitable Equipment most homeowners do not have a suitable ladder, ladder safety equipment or specialised cleaning equipment to allow them to access the roof line and clean out the gutter’s safety. Using old, untested ladders poses a real risk to the untrained eye.
Wildlife is as responsible for falls from ladders as user error, although falls from ladders can be caused by other things like people, children, pets, and the weather, any of which can easily knock ladders causing the user to lose balance and fall if not tied off and isolated appropriately.
Birds that may be nesting in the eves could be spooked and flurry out if disturbed while you are cleaning out the gutters, this could startle you knocking you off balance, the same can be said for bee and wasp nests, which may not be obvious until disturbed.
Infections from Bacteria may not be an obvious one, but the risk is high and if it happens it could be extremely dangerous. Gutters can contain unpleasant debris crawling with a soup of bacteria.
Things like bird poop, dead birds, insects, rotting leaves and vegetation are just some of the everyday things that are part of the slurry in your gutters.
Exposing yourself to this is not recommended without suitable personal protective equipment such as gloves and a mask. Be especially careful not to cut your hands while cleaning out gutters and never clean gutters where existing cuts or grazes are present.
Bacteria and germs from the gutter debris may enter through open wounds and cause nasty infections that could lead to more serious health problems.
Tetanus is a serious infection affecting the muscles and nervous system and can cause serious breathing problems and can be fatal. Tetanus is caused by an infection with the bacterium Clostridium tetani, which is commonly found in soil, saliva, dust, and manure. The bacteria enter through a break in the skin such as a cut or puncture wound by a contaminated object.
To Summarise we recommend seeking a gutter cleaning expert who has the right tools, equipment, knowledge, and expertise to clean your gutters safety.
Should you decide to clean your own gutters, we strongly advise you to use the correct tools and equipment, wear the appropriate PPE and ensure you have somebody competent to assist you.
Reasons why you should get your gutters cleaned every Autumn
Colourful Autumn leaves in your gutters and on your roof, as a homeowner, you may have a lengthy list of things to do before winter creeps in, gutters probably aren’t one of them.
However, cleaning your gutters to remove leaves, sticks, and various other types of debris should be a top priority on your autumnal checklist (if it isn’t already).
Keeping leaves out of gutters is crucial for protecting the structure of your home and preventing (sometimes) costly inconveniences in the future.
Cleaning your gutters will help:
- Prevent water damage. When gutters and downpipes are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater may not drain properly. As water overflows from gutters, it can cause water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home.
- Protect your roof. Clogged gutters give rainwater nowhere to run. When water continues to flood over, it can leave rotten or a leaky roof in its wake.
- Keep pests from causing trouble. Gutters clogged with leaves can make desirable homes for rodents, birds, and insects. The last thing you want is a pest infestation in your home!
- Reduce the risk of a cracked foundation. When water is blocked from traveling away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house. This water can crack your foundation when it expands and freezes in the winter months.
- Save you money. Gutter and downspout cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.
- Now that you’re familiar with the importance of gutter cleaning, what’s next?
- While there’s no simple answer for how often you should clean your gutters, clearing them every Autumn and spring can help alleviate the risk of potential headaches.
Why is gutter cleaning so important?
Cleaning your gutters might not feature high on your list of home maintenance and home improvement priorities, but regular upkeep is essential for protecting your property.
Gutters are designed to collect and guide rainwater off the roof, down into the drain and away from the building, thus preventing potential structural damage.
Clogged or damaged gutters can result in expensive repairs so, although they are out of sight, they should never be out of mind!
What is gutter cleaning? Why do gutters get blocked?
This can be a combination of leaves, moss, twigs, and other debris that can build up over time. Leaves get blown onto the roof, and travel down to the gutters. When wet, leaves can stick to gutter walls and floors, eventually the flow of rainwater becomes blocked in the corners and downpipes.
Over time leaves will break down turning into fertile compost, the perfect breeding ground for seeds, moss, and weeds that have been blown onto the roof or dropped by birds. If left unchecked, these invasive weeds can overtake your guttering and downpipes, blocking the natural flow of water, plugging the downpipe leading to rainwater build-up, and overflow.
It is critical that gutters are in good health for the winter, to ensure water is free flowing to prevent damage by snow and ice build-up, hence why gutter cleaning becomes a necessity rather than an option.
Why does moss grow on the roof?
Being part of the water loving algae family, moss (and lichen) thrives in shady, damp environments. So, properties that are north-facing or surrounded by overhanging trees, tend to receive less daylight, which prevents the roof from fully drying out. Over time, moss starts to grow in damp areas.
Have you ever wondered why moss tends to form at the edges of roof tiles? Well, as rainwater flows over the roof tiles, water cohesion, or the sticky quality, which enables water droplets to form on your windows, causes it to cling to overlapping roof tile edges. This trapped water, unless dried out, creates a damp haven, perfect for moss formation. Where tiles are chipped, cracked, or damaged, water can permeate the surface, creating ideal conditions for moss growth.
Can moss damage your roof tiles?
Moss acts like a sponge, retaining water and preventing your roof from drying out. If left unchecked, damp can permeate the tiles and roof, causing damage to your property.
This is especially true during the winter months, where ice can form in moisture trapped against the tiles or masonry. When water freezes, it expands, potentially causing tiles to raise, chip or crack, leaving it vulnerable to the elements.
As a haven for insects, moss also attracts birds, who feed on and dislodge the moss, sending it tumbling into the gutters, causing potential blockages.
Can blocked gutters cause property damage?
In short, yes it can lead to costly property damage if they are not dealt with promptly.
Rainwater damage can lead to issues such as rotting fascia boards, water damage to walls, windows, ceilings, insulation, and even foundation damage.
If left unchecked, water can permeate through to the internal walls, causing damp and mould spores.
Regardless of whether you have cast iron, pressed steel, or plastic gutters, it is essential that these are maintained and regularly checked, to ensure water is free-flowing and clear of debris.
How do I know my gutters are clogged?
For a quick visual, next time it rains, get an umbrella, and give your gutters a visual health check.
Are they overflowing, leaking, or sagging, or is there water running down the side of the building?
Any of these factors could indicate an issue with clogged gutters.
If you must clear your garden or driveway of fallen leaves in the autumn, then it would be advisable to consider a visual health check.
For ultimate peace of mind, contact your local exterior cleaning professional, who will be able to check and help prevent expensive repairs.
How do I get my gutters cleaned?
It is advisable to consult an external cleaning service provider to help protect your home.
Innovative gutter clearing vacuums make professional gutter clearing a breeze.
No need for ladders or loads safety gear, a single operator can easily and effectively clean up to four stories high, and all from the safety of the ground.
So, whether your property has difficult to reach gutters, such as above a conservatory or a garage, the gutter vacuum system features a powerful wet and dry vacuum system, along with extremely lightweight and robust carbon fibre telescopic poles that make light work, of hard to access gutters.
How often should I get my gutters cleaned?
This depends very much on your property’s surroundings, weather factors, and age of the building.
If your property is surrounded by overhanging trees, especially pine trees, or with moss growth, it should be checked frequently, especially after harsh weather, to ensure gutters are free from fallen debris.
Ideally, properties should be checked in the autumn, after the leaves have fallen, to ensure they are in perfect condition and free flowing ready for the heavy rains, snow, and ice that winter brings.
When spring arrives, it is worth having them checked again, just to ensure that they have not been damaged during the winter and that any residual biodegraded leaves and moss have been removed to prevent the growth of grass or weeds.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is regular gutter cleaning important?
A: Having your guttering cleaned every six months helps you avoid unnecessary risks for your property, such as roof leaks, foundation cracks, mould growth, other types of water damage, as well as insect infestation.
Q: Can you clean all types of gutters?
A: Yes. We do clean all types of guttering systems. What we cannot clean is gutters which have gutter guards, as well as downpipes which go below ground level.
Q: Does this service come with a guarantee?
A: Yes, the guarantee is valid for a period of one month after the service. However, it applies only for cleaned parts of the gutter, and in cases, you’ve booked us to clean all downpipes attached to them, too.
Q: Do I have to do something before the gutter cleaners arrive?
A: Yes, you need to provide ground access to the gutters and a source of electricity for the professional equipment.
Q: Does this service include the removal of vegetation growing in the guttering?
A: Yes, but this must be done manually. Also, a ladder is needed, and it can be done only for gutters that are up to ten metres high.
Q: Is it important to secure a free parking space outside the property?
A: It’s preferable since the gutter cleaning machine is very heavy.
Q: Can you clean the downpipes as well?
A: Yes, we provide downpipe cleaning, but only for downpipes that are above ground level.
Q: Are the gutter cleaner’s experts?
A: Absolutely! All gutter cleaners in London we work with are professionally trained and experienced. Also, they are fully insured.
Q: How often do I need professional gutter cleaning?
A: We recommend that you use professional gutter cleaning services at least twice a year. That should be enough to keep your property in check on time for the spring and autumn rains.
Q: What are the most common signs that I need a gutter repair service?
A: Leaking gutters are the most common sign that you might need a gutter repair service. Also, sagging, or overflowing of the guttering system might also be a sign for that.
Q: What is your coverage?
A: All of London, in and outside the M25. In addition, we offer gutter cleaning in Oxford, Reading, Hemel, Hempstead, Guildford, and other parts of England. You can easily check if we have a gutter cleaner near you in your area by using the pink buttons.
Q: Are there any additional payments except the quote for the service?
A: The quoted price is final, and it includes all charges. However, there might be additional charges for congestion and parking fees.
Q: Are you available during weekends/holidays?
A: Yes, we are available 7 days a week and on bank holidays.
Q: Cash or card?
A: Currently, we do not accept cash payments. The available payment methods are credit/debit cards and bank transfers.