Healthy gutters are the key to keeping a healthy home. In a city like Vancouver, unobstructed gutters are crucial to keeping your property free from leaks, water damage and deterioration. By keeping your gutters clear of dirt, sticks, leaves and other items, you will ensure proper flow of rainwater and reduce the risk of damage to the interior or exterior of your home. In the long-run, regular maintenance multiple times a year (spring and fall) will be more cost and time effective than any possible repairs caused by water damage.
Why is Gutter Cleaning Important in Vancouver?
Close to 25% of the world’s temperate rainforest is in BC. This means that we are lucky to live and be surrounded in a place rich with trees and vegetation due to the large quantity of rain this area receives. Due to the climate and low light levels, coniferous trees are commonly found in our environment. These trees tend to grow fast, tall and drop an incredible amount of pine needles and cones in the areas around them. This means that homes can be impacted by a tree hundreds of meters away. When living in a neighbourhood like North Vancouver or Maple Ridge where there is a higher density of trees in the area, it might be a good idea to have a small, recurring maintenance schedule to save time and money in the future. As a rule of thumb, the more trees around your home, the more often you’ll have to clean your gutters.
When Should I Clean My Gutters?
The first and most obvious season to schedule a gutter cleaning is during the fall. Once the leaves go from orange to brown and start falling from the trees into your gutters, we recommend you give us a call immediately to schedule maintenance. In the past few years, we’ve noticed weather patterns change resulting in freezing temperatures during the months of November and December. During this time, if you haven’t cleaned your gutters and they are full of debris and water, they can freeze and damage the entire system. Frozen gutters cannot be cleaned and once the freezing temperatures have passed, it might be too late.
Ideally, we recommend homeowners and renters to clean their gutters in October when the leaves fall or in November to not get caught with frozen gutters in December. Then, a cleaning in the Spring will ensure that the majority of debris is removed for a healthy, clean system. Breaking down the costs, the average price for two scheduled maintenances a year is approximately $500 – $750. When comparing this to the cost of an insurance claim due to water damage that can add up to thousands of dollars, regular gutter cleaning will actually save you lots of money.
At Umbrella Property Services, our friendly, attentive staff provide premium gutter cleaning services at an affordable price. We have years of experience and know the techniques needed to clean your gutters with the utmost care and efficiency to ensure your home or commercial property is in tip-top condition.