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Angie’s List: Cleaning Your Gutters and Downspouts

(WGGB) — It’s a fall chore no one likes to do, but if you don’t clean your gutters regularly, you could be asking for trouble.

If you can’t or don’t want to got on your roof or a ladder to clean your gutters, call a professional to do the work. They should remove all leaves and other debris from your roof, gutters and downspouts.

Crews should also check the overall condition of your gutters and make any necessary repairs.

“If debris in the gutters is dry, we can take a blower, like you would use to blow leaves in the yard, and blow the excess out of the gutter. If it’s wet, we just do it by hand as best we can,” explains Paul Hoolahan, a roofing contractor.

It can cost anywhere from $75 to $200 to clean out your gutters. It depends on the size of your house and the number of stories.

It’s a lot cheaper to clean your gutters than to ignore them and eventually replacing them.

“In order to replace your gutters, it can be anywhere from $500 to $2,000 for aluminum gutters, so as you can see, it pays off to take care of your gutters through the years,” adds Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

You should also check your gutters a couple of times a year.

Hoolahan explains, “It depends on the amount of trees around the house. Some people, we have to clean their gutters several times a year. Other people are just once in the late fall after all the leaves are down. Some people are spring and fall. Two times a year is almost the average.”

While leaf guards, covers and screens can help reduce debris collecting in your gutter, you should still check them regularly.

Experts say up to 20 percent of leaves and other material can get through a gutter cover.

Gutter cleaning requires the use of a ladder, which can be dangerous.

When hiring a professional, Angie’s List recommends you check that the company is licensed and insured, has worker’s compensation for its employees, and has a good reputation and work history.


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