Gutter Cleaning Is A Physical Challenge

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Gutter Cleaning Is A Physical Challenge

Gutter cleaning requires strength and stamina.

Working at heights is a physically demanding job. There are different types of roofs the technicians must access every day. Obviously, the easiest ones are the flatter, lower roofs.

But when these roof gutters are filled to the brim with debris, the challenge begins.

The grass in the photo above, has taken root in the gutter. The technician had to first cut the grass into smaller sections to remove the bulk by hand. The roots are densely compacted in the gutter, making them very difficult to remove. Our Working at Heights training ensures the technician stays within his pendulum. This is because he is working at the edge of the roof to pull out the grass.

The hard bit is done and then it is time to vacuum clean the gutter.

Have a look at these gutters!

Hobart Gutter Cleaning

Now this roof is a safer roof to work on. It is a box gutter with a parapet wall. It is good for us but the owner does not see the jungle growing in the gutter. This gutter will need regular maintenance to prevent major water damage.

Hobart Gutter Cleaning

The pitch on this roof was too steep to access. The only way to clean this was to put a ladder up to it and pull out the grass by hand. We use a ground vacuum system to then vacuum the gutters.

We can use this system to access quite high gutters. It is especially useful on buildings that have roofs that are either too steep or are too fragile to walk on. There are two properties in the north of Tasmania that we would not be able to do the work without this system.

The first time is always a challenge to remove the grass and compacted debris. When the pole is at the height of a nearly three-storey building, strength and patience are required to get the grass to a position for extraction.

There are many challenges in this job and each day/job presents our technicians with the opportunity to provide the best service they can. They come home each day tired and sore but with a sense of purpose. they have the job satisfaction of knowing what the gutters were like when they started and when they finish the clean.

Happy With Our Gutter Cleaning Service in Launceston

“Chris was prompt and very friendly. He explained what he was going to do. He also called to advise me when he would be there. Would highly recommend this company to anyone. Garry.”

Garry, Newnham TAS

Sometimes, a job does not go to plan. We could take longer or shorter than expected. If this happens, our technicians or a staff member from the office, will give the customer a call or text to advise the new time of arrival.

If you are like other customers and are quite curious as to how the gutters are cleaned or have any questions, feel free to ask the technician while on site. They would be pleased to answer. Please remember about social distancing though. We have a COVID plan in place and are happy to have no face-to-face contact in place, using the phone or email to communicate or we can practice the rules set out by the government at any given time regarding face-to-face contact.

Thank you, Garry, for the lovely feedback and appreciate the recommendation.

Are You Ready For Tasmanian Weather This Winter?

It’s that time of year again where the Tasmanian weather is staying true to its reputation.

Is your house/building ready to handle it?

Having a gutter maintenance plan is one thing you can do to prepare. Booking with Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania sooner rather than later, is a good idea, as our schedule fills up quickly. After your initial clean you will receive before and after photos as well as a report. This report recommends how frequently your gutters need to be cleaned. The report also notes if there are any damages to your roof/guttering. With this report, you can create a gutter maintenance plan.

So, why get your gutters cleaned?

  • Leaves, sticks, pine needles, lichen/moss and debris can build up and cause blockages
  • Prevents water ingress into the house and overflow into the foundations
  • Prolong the gutters life
  • Prevents vermin from living/nesting in your gutters

Have a look at this image and the surrounding trees. This allows access for vermin as the tree is so close to the roof and guttering. The gutters were very full at this property and would benefit from the tree being cut back away from the roof and gutter line. Access to the gutter was limited and the gutters could not be cleaned as thoroughly as we would have liked them to be. Having full gutters and obstructions, such as this tree, can cause damage to the structure of the roof, gutters and foundations on the property.

Prevention is better than cure. Bad weather can alert you to issues you have that may end up costing more than you bargained for. Getting your gutters cleaned on a regular basis means you are ready for rain events and are less likely to experience problems.

We have a maintenance program that our customers can be added to. An email is sent out at the agreed set schedule reminder. The majority of properties require a yearly clean but we can set the time period to what is required, be that biennial, biannual, or even five yearly. Our tailor-made reports recommend the frequency for each property.

So, are your gutters ready?

If not, you can call us to book in with one of our technicians or a get free quote. You can contact us on 1300 654 253 or click here to go straight to our website.

Deloraine Gutter Cleaning Service Really Appreciated

“Really appreciated Chris’s communication and advice on managing the gutters going forward. Great service, highly recommend.”

Melissa, Deloraine TAS

We endeavour to advise the best recommendations for our clients. The technician will provide a report after the job is completed. The recommendations include the frequency of your gutter cleaning maintenance. If you have issues such as cracked or broken tiles, loose sheets of iron, problems with flashing around the flue/chimney, and things that just don’t look right. If you have solar panels, we can let you know if they require a clean.

If you are on site at the time of the clean, you could talk to the technician or email us in the office to set your own schedule for gutter cleaning maintenance.

Thank you for the great feedback, Melissa. It is much appreciated.

Do you have birds on your roof?

Are birds hanging around the gutters and on the roof?

Having birds in your gutters or on the roof area can cause gutters to not flow properly and potentially cause plant growth.  The usual point of access to the roof cavity, is the corner. When birds sit on the corner of your roof or the aerial, they drop faeces that could contain grass seed which can germinate in the gutters, causing blockages.

If birds can get into your roof cavity, they may create a nest and home. With that you have noise from the birds and their babies and a potential fire hazard from the nesting material. Birds also carry lice and mites and disease.

What can be done to prevent birds from accessing a roof cavity?

Some solutions include:

  • Installing bird spikes along the peaks and ridge lines of the roof.
  • Placing fake predators on the roof to scare off the birds.
  • Spraying a homemade repellent on the areas they frequent. The repellent could consist of dried chilli, water and vinegar.
  • Wind spinners or gadgets that reflect light could also help.
  • Installing gutter guard, once the birds are gone for the season.

It’s More Than Just Gutter Cleaning in Kingston

“The young man who did the work for us was very polite, neat and well presented, talked me through what he was doing, very professional, even offered to trim the overhanging bushes. He did a great job of cleaning difficult gutters. Thank you!”

Clancy, Kingston Tas

At Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania, we pride ourselves on our professionalism. It is not just about how our technicians clean the gutters but also how we interact with our customers. Our technicians are trained to work safely on varying roofs and gutters. If there is a small task our customers ask of our technicians, we would be happy to help, within reason. If it is something that is too much to do at the time of the booking, we can quote the extra work and book it for another day.

Thank you for the positive feedback, Clancy. We are glad to hear you were happy with our services.

Autumn Gutter Cleaning Maintenance For Southern Tasmania

The season of Autumn is upon us.

Have you considered cleaning your gutters?

It might be time to get your gutters cleaned before the falling leaves fill your gutters and cause issues.

If you live in Tasmania, it’s safe to say that you’ve seen a birch tree. Birch trees have trunks that are marked in different shades and colours. The lifespan of a birch tree is typically 80-140 years.

Birch trees flower and drop their seeds in spring while autumn is the time they drop their leaves. If you live around them, you may find that you need six monthly gutter cleans, due to the tree’s cycle. Birch trees have such fine leaves. They settle in the gutters and create the optimal environment for plants to grow. This will affect the flow of the gutters if left uncleaned.

Some people use gutter guard in areas where there is a birch tree. It is a good tool but only if you continue to clean off the top of the guard and are prepared to clean under the guard when there is a build-up of silt and sludge. When the debris sits on top for any period of time, it breaks down and falls through the holes of the guard. Too much debris collected on top can consolidate and cause blockage or overflow issues.

Installing the gutter guard in this instance, keeps the water flowing, as the foliage sits on top of the guard, allowing the water to pass along the gutters as it should. Combining a gutter clean maintenance means that the debris does not build up to create dams and cause water issues.

One thing to consider before installing any gutter guard is the expense. You will be cleaning on a regular basis with the guard in place anyway, so is it worth the expense to install gutter guard? If you are not having any issues with overflows or blockages while cleaning the gutters regularly without gutter guard, then it is safe to say that regular gutter cleaning would be a good maintenance plan. It will also prolong the life of the gutters.

Consider where those leaves are falling next time you look around. Clean the gutters now before you start to have any winter issues such as blockages and overflows or seeds start to germinate.

If you need a gutter clean, Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania are at your service. You can contact us on 1300 654 253 or request a free quote today here.

Great Communication Provided to Our Gutter Cleaning Customer in Kingston

“Operator arrived at time specified. Very pleasant young man. Was very conscious of safety. I had an enthusiastic 5 year old with me & operator alerted us to his needing to move heavy equipment near where we were venturing!”

Marie, Kingston Tasmania

Our team at Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania loved reading this feedback. We are trained in safety and strive to ensure the customers, people around us and ourselves are always safe.  All our technicians have their Working at Heights certificate and we are fully insured to work at any height.

We are pleased to hear the communication our technicians share with the people on site. Thank you for your feedback, Marie.

A Maintenance Plan For Gutter Cleaning

Don’t have any trees around you?

Think you don’t need a gutter clean?

A layer of silt or growth that year after year builds up slowly and sits there – too heavy for rainwater to move will remain in your gutter.

Gutters may not be blocked or even overflow. There is damage being done, as the surface in contact with the layer of dirt/debris doesn’t dry out. Surface rust can start and it is only a matter of time if left unattended that rust sets in and holes appear.

Anything that sits on any surface for a period will weather it. A mossy, wet deck leads to rotted timbers if it does not dry out. A roof will deteriorate if debris if left to sit and build up. With this in mind, it makes sense to clean the gutter on a regular basis. It can help prevent long term dirt and grime build up leading to rusty guttering.

So, What Now?

If you have a rental property, or are part of a body corporate, or are unable to clean your own gutters, having a maintenance plan saves you over the long term. Proactive measures are better than replacing guttering after the fact and dealing with any damage caused as a result.

As part of our service, we offer ongoing maintenance plans for your property as well as our roof and gutter reports. We also provide before and after photos of the work completed. Regular gutter cleaning will look different for each property. Depending on the debris loading, amount of trees around or lack of, we can provide a suggested maintenance period or you can set your own. A reminder will be sent to you and there is no obligation to approve the gutter clean. It is an easy process to set up and you don’t have to worry about remembering, we do it all for you.

Overflowing Gutters in Hobart

“Great result, have had overflowing gutters for a few years, and finally got around to getting them done, they were full of old leaves. The comparison photos really helped understand how bad they were, and the condition report and recommendations were a great bonus. Thanks.”

Matt, Hobart Tasmania

Allowing gutters to overflow and create blockages, may cause fundamental issues to the foundations of the house. Getting your gutters cleaned regularly allows them to flow freely as well as increase their lifespan. One of the reasons we send out our before and after photos is so clients can see the state of their gutters and the result of our clean. It shows the importance in the maintenance of keeping gutters clear.

The roof report is a service we offer at no extra charge and all of our clients receive one. As many of our clients do not access their roof, the report allows us to let them know if anything is amiss and needs attention.

Thank you for the great feedback Matt, it is very appreciated.