Weather Conditions That Affect Gutter Cleaning

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Weather Conditions That Affect Gutter Cleaning

“Despite the appalling weather conditions Chris cleaned my roof and gutters and installed bird proofing. He was unable to complete job due to excessively windy conditions but arranged a return date. I am extremely happy with your service.”

Marie, Kingston Tasmania

Working out doors can be such a pleasure. We get to access all kinds of roofs and each roof provides us a different view. We are very fortunate to live in a city that offers different views depending where you are situated, be it on the water of the Derwent, facing Mt Wellington or overlooking the pastures of our beautiful countryside.

Working at heights is something we are all trained for at Gutter-Vac Tasmania. A factor we have to consider is the weather. This can be a major restriction in the work we do.

  • Rain – the roof is too slippery to walk on and we risk falling. If there is light showers about we can use our ground workers system but this depends on the amount of rain fall entering the gutters. It is pointless sucking up the water from full gutters as it creates issues with our specialised vacuum system. We call a rain day and go home. If we wake to rain, the day is usually called off unless the rain looks like it will clear and we can complete one or two jobs.
  • Wind – strong wind is just too dangerous to be on a roof period. Gusty wind is also dangerous, as it can catch the technician unawares.
  • Ice – we have been known to break ice in the gutters even in the middle of the day in some areas. Again, we would use our ground workers kit. But if we can’t get the ice broken to smaller pieces, it makes it difficult to suck into the vacuum.
  • Afternoon Dew – our technicians have to be aware of the lateness of the day and the sun going down when dew appears on the roof. They could be halfway around a roof when this happens so they need to be careful in their steps back to the ladder. It the roof is already a slippery one they need to make sure they are off the roof or use the ground kit before dew appears.
  • Snow and frosty conditions – when the morning presents itself with these conditions, there is nothing we can do but delay the beginning of the day.

We are the gutter cleaning professionals that will get the job done safely and if it is not possible on the day we will reschedule for another day. Safety is of paramount importance to Gutter-Vac Tasmania.

A Gutter Clean After Three Years in Lindisfarne

We recently attended a gutter clean that required us to remove the existing gutter guard and vacuum clean the gutter and then refit the guard.

It had been three years since the gutter had last had a clean on this property.

As this is a rental property, we send a reminder to the agent that it is due a gutter clean. They then contact the owner for approval. Once received a work order is provided and we complete the clean.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania Gutter Cleaning under Gutter Guard

The real estate then receives a report and before and after photos. This information can be filed and a portfolio can be created on the maintenance of each properties gutter cleaning.

We have had feedback from the real estate and property management managers that these reminders are very helpful in the process of each agents day to day  managing of properties.

Another Happy Bird Proofing Client in Hobart

“I’ve had problems with starlings nesting in wall cavities by getting in through the colourbond roof where it joins the gutter. My house is double storey and all the quotes from other companies involved erection of scaffolding to install their product which would have added thousands on to the quote. The Gutter Vac quote was less than half all other quotes including cleaning of gutters and installation of the gutter guard. The job was completed in about 3 and a half hours, just using a ladder. I got a report on the condition of the gutters with photos and the Gutter Vac guard product is easy to remove and replace for ongoing maintenance.”

Peter, Berriedale Tasmania

When the pitch of the roof is too steep for us to access, we use our ground workers system to clean gutters.

We can install gutter guard, as long as the ladder reaches the gutter. We use an outrigger stabiliser for the ladder which allows us access to the gutter without it leaning on the gutter. This makes the installation process much easier as the gutter is not being pushed in from the weight of the ladder.

We use a staymesh plastic gutter guard for easy removal when it is time for a gutter clean. It is cost effective at the time of installation and then on every gutter clean thereafter.

Installing fixed gutter guards is costly at installation and then can be as much as four times the cost of a gutter clean without guard when the time comes for a clean. On a job where one would work from a ladder, fixed guard would be considerably higher than this.

It really pays off to do the research and the maths of installation and future gutter cleans.

Make an informed decision.

Some things to consider in the equation are:

  • Are you going to be living at this property for the foreseeable future or is it only for the next few years?
  • How much for installation?
  • How much for future gutter cleans?
  • What would the period be in between gutter cleans?

Birds in the roof are very annoying, cause damage and fire hazards. Evicting them will give peace of mind and harmony back to the home owner.

Did You Know That at Gutter-Vac Tasmania We Clean Storm Water Pits and Drains

It is good to carry out a gutter clean and keep the gutters clear for the rain water runoff.

But have you ever considered where the water runs to?

Stormwater drains and pits.

Stormwater pits are designed to hold the water running into it long enough to allow it to drain off.

Dirt and mud can collect in the bottom of pits and then over time grass will grow in the nutrient rich soil. Or it becomes compacted and changes the depth of the pit therefore not  allowing enough time for the runoff to drain into the sewer system, causing overflowing of the pit.

Complications then occur and could cause blocked pipes underground as the water carries unnecessary soil and mud into the pipes.

These blockages could cause water to pool at the pit or drain and then flow where it is not wanted, under the house, next door, destroy your garden, etc.

Drains that run across the front of garages, at the bottom of a steep drive, will not catch the water flow if it is full of leaf and dirt. Regular cleaning will allow the water to be caught and there by not passing into the garage or the house beyond the drain.

Regular water flow to the base of buildings can compromise the foundations of your building.

Such a simple act of cleaning pits and drains can provide a flow on affect to reduce a catastrophic event.

Picture May 2019, when the rains came and brought such devastating floods.

We have such heavy rain falls here in Tasmania and maintaining your stormwater pits and drains will minimise the damage to your property.

So next time you are having your gutters cleaned, think about having the storm water pits and drains cleaned too and making it a part of your scheduled maintenance with us at Gutter-Vac Tasmania

Bird Proofing Gutters Safely

“A great decision on my part not to balance on a sliding ladder or frighten myself on a roof without safety equipment. It is a long way to the ground and Chris handled it confidently with ropes and roof anchor points, so nobody was at risk of taking a nose dive onto concrete. The photos prove it all, the gutters are really clean now and we won’t have any birds in our walls next season. This might be good information for all people with wood heaters. A house burnt down in the last week because of bird nests in the roof and wall space to close to a wood heater.”

Rowena, Glenorchy Tasmania

Birds are wonderful creatures.

They are so beautiful with their colours and their varieties.

Their song is a delight to be heard…


The noise of babies in the nest at all times of the day, especially at day break is very annoying.

The pests attract pests like bird lice and remain in the cavity in the nesting material.

The birds can fall down into the wall cavities and not be able to get themselves out, therefore dying there.

The nesting material is also flammable.

The comings and goings of birds and their perching on the gutters makes the gutters dirty. They do their business there and drop grass seeds and then you have grass sprouting.

Time to clean the gutters again….

By installing a gutter guard to close off your gutters to the birds you may find that you are not cleaning your gutters as often and the noise you often wake up to is gone forever.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania Bird Proofing

But do remember that using fixed guard can increase a gutter clean up to four times as much.

So do your research and get prices on everything prior to installing gutter guard.

  • Price of a gutter clean
  • Price of plastic guard installed
  • Price of fixed guard installed
  • Price of gutter clean with these different types of guard installed

Work out how long in between cleans you need and divide the period into the last cost. Also take into consideration the cost of the initial install over the period you would likely be living in the home.

There is a lot to consider and we are here to help. If you would like a quote, it is as easy as a phone call away or click on the request a quote button and we will get back to you.

Full Gutters In May!

Have you noticed the leaf on the ground?

Autumn is finished and winter begins and the leaves are falling everywhere, creating a carpet of autumn colours to explode through.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania Gutter cleaning

It is time to consider the cleaning of your gutters.

You may not have trees nearby that cause this kind of debris in your gutters but wind carries and leaf and mud and moss can collect in the gutter.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania Gutter Cleaning in May

Regular gutter cleaning prolongs the life of your guttering, by removing the corrosive sludge.

Maintaining your gutters add value to your home and less damage is likely to occur from water if it is able to flow away freely in the gutters as intended.

Did you know that if water damage has occurred due to the gutters not being cleaned, some insurance companies will not pay out the claim? Always  read the fine print.

Don’t leave it until it is too late to clear away this autumn’s leaves.

Call in the professionals. We provide a free quote.

Phone 1300 654 253

Can You Remember When You Last Cleaned Your Gutters? Let Us Help You With Our Maintenance Program.

When was the last time you cleaned your gutters?

Do you have to troll though your accounts to find the last bill so you have a date?

Why not use Gutter-Vac Tasmania?

After the initial gutter clean of your property, we suggest a schedule for the regular maintenance of your gutters. This is not set in stone. In fact, we are guided by what you would like us to do.

If in doubt about a period, we can set a date and return to check the gutters for you. If they need a little longer or could do with a clean earlier, we adjust the schedule.   

A reminder is sent out to the customer letting them know when their last gutter clean was completed and would they like to schedule one now. We never turn up to do a gutter clean without first obtaining the clients consent.

You can rely on this service we provide and never have to troll through those accounts again.

To obtain a free quote for your gutter clean, ring 1300 654 253 or email us at

Having a Gutter Clean…Why Not Get The Solar Panels Cleaned Too?

“Gutter-Vac operators Simon and Chris were highly professional as always, coping with some pretty dramatic weather on their visit. Both gutters and 23 solar panels were thoroughly cleaned. The report provided was excellent.”

Pru, Blackmans Bay Tasmania

Do you have solar panels installed?

Did you know that we clean solar panels?

When combining a gutter clean and a solar panel clean we charge a cheaper price for the solar panel clean, as we are already set up on the roof for the gutter clean.

Imagine looking through the windscreen of your car. The dirt and grime of the environment cover the outside surface and make it dirty. Regular washing of it allows you to see through the glass.

Your solar panel is the same. It collects the dirt and grime and becomes less efficient. Cleaning them will increase the power generating capabilities.

It might seem like an easy DIY job to clean gutters or solar panels BUT the safety aspect should be seriously taken into consideration.

Firstly, there is the issue of working from heights for either a gutter clean or solar panel clean.

Secondly, there is the hose and water to consider. Water to any roof surface will greatly increase the risk of slipping and could end in falling off the roof.

Why risk a fall in either of these two activities?

Get your gutters and solar panels cleaned in the same visit and save money.

We suggest that you give us a call and we can do up a free quote for you.

PH: 1300 654 253

When We Can’t Gutter Clean From The Roof

There are various reasons we can not access a roof to clean the gutters.

  • Terracotta tiles
  • Too steep
  • Slippery roof
  • Laser lite roof
  • The ladder won’t reach as the building is too tall.
  • The client does not want us on the roof; tiles are too frail, roof is weak, can’t get replacement tiles.

If we can reach the gutter then we use the ladder and check that the vacuum has removed all debris. When the building is too high and a ladder does not reach, we use a camera on a pole.

This way we still provide the customer with before and after photos.

It is a good workout on the shoulders and upper body. When  there are grass clumps in the gutter, it can be quite tricky. But if you can get a good suction on the clump we can remove it and drop the pole to the waiting person to remove it from the end. Depending on how many poles we have attached, it is a “kick it to me “ moment, trying to gauge where to stand in order to grab the end with the grass in it.

Balconies and entertainment areas that have laser lite rooves are not accessible. The roof is obviously too weak to be able to hold any weight.

Our ground working kit in action. The candy cane hook is clear so we know what we are sucking out of the gutters. Click here to view a video of Ground Workers Kit

Before and After photos of the ground workers kit in action.

Sandy Bay Gutter Cleaning Customer Satisfied With All Round Service

“ I was extremely pleased with the professional service and excellent communication from start to finish. They turned up exactly when they promised, and explained everything I needed to know. I was amazed to see how much gunk came out of the gutters. The before and after photos are eye-opening and give you complete reassurance that an excellent job has been done. The follow-up service is also terrific. I totally recommend Chris and Therese Dobson, Gutter-Vac Tasmania.”

Tamzen, Sandy Bay Tasmania

We do like it when our customers respond with such  positive satisfaction upon the completion of their work.

I really makes our day when we have lovely customers to work with. Megan, our office admin person was so stoked to get a mention.

Often the behind the scenes people are not seen.

There is considerable work done prior to the technician visiting to complete the work.

A quote is created for the customer and emailed to them for approval. Once accepted, Megan then schedules the work with the client to a date that is satisfactory to them. Job sheets are then completed and if it so happens that it rains on the day of that work, then the scheduling process starts again.

Once the job is completed, we look process the photos and the report created by the technician and email this along with the invoice to the client.

So when the office gets a mention by the client it is always a good feeling that we are noticed behind the scenes.

Thank you Tamzen.