“I was impressed with the response and easy engagement of Gutter Vac, the quote process and the fact that Chris contacted me to say that he would be 15 minutes late on the day. Also the email with photos of before and after were really appreciated, as I would not be able to see it otherwise. I am recommending his Franchise? To my friends and workmates and will go to him again if needed. Regards Sandi”
Sandi, Franklin Tasmania
Thank you Sandi for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your gutter cleaning service. We use this feedback to improve our processes and to ensure we are completing each job to the standard of work our customers deserve.
There are many reasons why we don’t get on the roof to clean gutters.
This time the pitch of the roof was too steep for us to access. However, that being said this particular property was part of a complex of co-joined units sharing a common gutter line.
We ran our tallest ladder up the back of the building to access the valley between the two rooves. This was a big collection point for the gum tree debris to collect.
There was even an empty bottle of beer in the valley. How that got there is anyone’s guess.
The valleys lead to rain heads which were full of debris too. This collection of debris in the valley and rain heads has started the rusting process. This is a prime example of why it is not good to leave matter sitting in gutters. You might not have any overflow issues but you are shortening the life of your gutters.
The gutters around the outside perimeter of the unit had grass growing from them. At the best of times it is no mean feat to use our ground workers system but when there is grass it makes our job even harder. Therefore the flow on effect is more cost for the customer.
An annual gutter clean on this property should be a much easier process for us and prove to be cost effective for the customer. The rusting process may even slow down if caught in time.
Do you have gutters and valleys that have not been clean due to a steep pitch, please give us a call to see how we can help you. Ph 1300 654 253.
“Excellent customer service and communication, will certainly recommend Chris and Therese.”
Jenine, Burnie Tasmania
In May we travelled up to the top of Tasmania to complete annual gutter cleaning for some regular customers and added some new ones on the way.
Due to COVID 19 we had to wait until the north west corner of the state opened its borders again. Luckily, we were able to get there at the end of May and our gutter cleaning customers did not have to wait too long to have their work completed.
We use google earth to measure and quote our work. A number of new clients asked for quotes and we were able to get them a quote for their approval and then scheduled the work as soon as we were able to travel.
We kept our clients informed at all times, what stage their gutter clean appointment was at.
Did you know that even with no trees in the vicinity you still need your gutters cleaned?
It might not be as frequent but they will collect debris that can be corrosive or that could cause blockages to occur, resulting in overflow issues.
Moss loves moist and shaded areas to grow. This is why it is prevalent in guttering. Depending on the exposure to sun that the gutters receive is how fast it will likely grow.
Birds and rodents can build nests. Again another issue for blockages.
Birds and wind carry grass seed that can find it’s way to the gutters. The grass can then germinate in the mossy silt found in the gutters. You don’t know it is there until it shows it’s wispy green blades and by then it is causing blockages. Depending on the height of your roof you may never see the grass and know that it is there.
Regular gutter cleaning does not have to mean annually. We have suggested to the property below that they get us back in three to four year to clean the below gutters. We have been to some properties that would be 10 year intervals. The majority of homes would be annual, especially if you want to prolong the life of your gutters and get your moneys worth.
Maintenance is always better to keep on top of and cheaper than trying to fix damage after the fact.
“ I have a big eucalypt (that I love) which drops a lot of debris on my roof. I need to have the gutters cleaned every year and Gutter-Vac Tasmania does a fantastic job. I really like the before and after photos, and the condition report as I don’t go up on my roof. A great service.”
Jane, Lutana Tasmania
The Eucalypts, commonly known to us as a Gum Tree, has over 700 species that are found in our Australian forests, woodlands, shrublands and our urban cities. The only place you will not find them is the most arid deserts. Most of the species is native to Australia and around three quarters of our forests are Eucalypt forests. These trees are resilient to bushfire and adapt and sprout following a bushfire. Their seed can also withstand a bushfire.
The Eucalyptus have bark that is either smooth, fibrous, hard or stringy. It adds a layer every year, shedding the outermost one in about half the species. The bark can shed in large slabs, ribbons or smaller pieces. The rest of the species retain the bark and it dries out and accumulates.
There are some tropical species that lose their leaves in the dry season but nearly all eucalyptus trees are evergreen, retaining the leaves throughout the year. There are four leaf phases in the development of the eucalypt plant: the seedling, juvenile, intermediate and adult phase. In the intermediate phase the leaf is at its most largest and links the juvenile and adult phase but there is no defined transitional point between any of the plants stages. Earlier it was stated, that these trees adapt. Adult leaves are shed for the sprouting of new leaves. This is their defense mechanism against drier times. Whole branches can be dropped with no warning as the branch looks perfectly fine.
The flowers and fruit, commonly known as the gumnut, are the most identifiable features that identifies a eucalypt. The flowers are not your typical flower with petals. They have numerous fluffy stamens that present themselves when the in bloom. These stamens are enclosed in the cap of the nut and come in a variety of colours when they bloom. When the adult foliage starts to appear seems to be when most of the species produce these gumnuts that open to these beautiful native flowers.
We have identified that these Australian icons lose their bark, leaves and whole branches. Maintaining clean gutters when a eucalypt is nearby can be frustrating. There is a constant barrage of debris that fills the gutters and litters the roof.
There are some bush areas of Hobart that if you live there you may need to consider cleaning your gutters two to three times a year to prevent blockages and damage to the roof that rotting litter can cause.
If you are concerned that the debris from gum trees near you are causing you issues, we can provide help. Our teams are trained at heights so we can get on the roof safely to remove the litter. At the completion of each job, we issue a report recommending a schedule of gutter cleans that would maintain the gutters and keep them free of debris to do the job they are intended to do. Gutters are there to move rain water away from the house. They are not debris catchers.
Pine trees are wonderous giants. They smell fresh and provide bountiful shade. Their pine cones are delightful and fun to use in art and craft projects with the kids at Christmas time.
The debris and litter produced can be work for the home owner to keep under control. Pine needles mat the ground, roof and gutters. Regular gutter cleaning is a must when a pine is close to the house.
This property collects copious amounts of debris and they have solar panels which collects the needles under them, resulting in a fire hazard.
Installing gutter guard is going to be expensive to install. Depending on the style of guard you choose will determine the cost of each future gutter clean. The needles will get caught in whatever type of guard you install and then matting begins. The matting is thick and with heavy rains may not allow the water through to the guttering, resulting in overflow issues. There fore at the very least you are going to require cleaning the top of the gutter guard once or twice a year.
If you still have to clean the top of the guard why not save your installation money and clean the gutters two to three times a year with out guard. You will prolong the life of your guttering as the corrosive mater will not build up. Imagine how heavy the debris gets. Build-up in your gutter puts unnecessary strain on the guttering and could change the hang, there by not allowing the water to flow to the down pipe or push the gutter away from the house, causing it to fall off.
When debris is left to sit in the gutter rust occurs. If left it can cause holes.
The following photos show the amount of debris in the gutters with a four month interval. They have decided to not install gutter guard and follow a four monthly gutter cleaning schedule.
Gutter -Vac Tasmania has a maintenance program that sends a reminder to the client every four months to get the go ahead to complete this scheduled clean. We do not complete a clean unless we have had confirmation from the client to do so.
So if you have these long living trees growing near you and you would like a quote or some advice on what plan of action you should take, please feel free to call on 1300 654 253 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.