Gutter Cleaning


How Gutters Work & Why They Are Necessary

If you are like many homeowners, you have probably wondered whether gutters are even necessary. After all, they are prone to clogging, attract nesting birds, can only handle a limited volume of water, and can eventually pull away from your roof or tilt. Some roofers even advise against them.

Why Do You Need Your Gutters Cleaned?

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Understanding Gutters

The basic function of a gutter is to provide a channel for redirecting water. They are designed specifically to reduce erosion by guiding water to a drain or safe area. Gutters have a limited capacity and may overflow, although they still effectively remove a large volume of water. Rain gutters are affixed to your roof and are usually made of aluminum, copper, or plastic.

Without gutters or with blocked gutters, water would fall from your roof to the ground. This makes the soil wet, and wet soil can cause erosion and damage your landscaping. Wet soil can also lead to foundation problems over time. As the soil moves around your home, the foundation shifts and can crack, leading to serious structural problems.

If your gutters are damaged or blocked, water also slides down the side of your house. This causes damage to siding, especially wood siding.

Gutters blocked by leaves, ice, or snow can back up onto your roof. Water or melting ice can sit on top of or underneath your roof, leading to leaks over time. These leaks cause damage inside your home as well.

How Gutters Work

The gutters along your roof catch rainwater as it washes down the side of the roof. This water is channeled through downspouts where it exits away from your home. By redirecting rainwater, the gutter reduces erosion of the ground against your home and may greatly decrease the risk of basement flooding and foundation damage. In some cases, the downspout empties into a tank or barrel for garden use during dry weather.

Like any other part of your home, your gutters need maintenance in order to work well. Gutters don’t work if they’re full of leaves or snow. To make sure that your gutters are working correctly, leaves and other debris in the autumn and the spring need to be removed. This is why it is important to have your gutter cleaned regularly.


Why It Is not Advised To Clean Your Own Gutters


Ladder Training and Experience

Working at height is the single biggest killer in the construction industry with ladders being particularly dangerous.

The risk of falling from a ladder dramatically increases when the user/operator does not have sufficient training, and/or has a lack of experience using ladders and ladder safety equipment.

Unsuitable Gutter Cleaning Equipment

Many homeowners do not have a suitable ladder or ladder safety equipment to allow them to access the roof line and clean out the gutters safety. Using old, untested ladders pose a real risk to the untrained eye.


As many falls from ladders are from user error, sometimes falls from ladders can be caused by other people, the weather and even wildlife.

Other people, children and pets can easily knock ladders causing the user to lose balance and fall if not tied off and isolated appropriately.

Birds that may be nesting in the eves could be spooked and flurry out if disturbed while you are cleaning out the gutters which can startle and knock you off balance while working on a ladder.

The same can be said for bees and wasps nests, which may not be obvious until disturbed.


Without the proper protection and gear, you’re putting yourself at risk every time you clean your gutters. Birds and rodents, will leave a mass of hard-to-identify fecal matter. These feces can harbor pathogens and bacteria that can make you sick.

Decaying plant matter in your gutters also release mould spores and fungi when they’re disturbed. This can cause an allergic reaction or respiratory issue should you inhale this particulate matter. It can also irritate your hands, nose, ears, and eyes, resulting in rashes or worse. It’s best to leave the gutter maintenance to the professionals.

Why Professional Gutter Cleaning is vital

Gutter cleaning can be overlooked by many homeowners but before you go another day without professional gutter cleaning, you might note the picture below which is all too familiar.

Leaking and overflowing gutters cause horrendous damage to blockwork, plaster, K-Render and painted finishes.  The water from blocked gutters is dirty and brown in colour and quickly discolours wall finishes leading to very costly cleaning and repairs.  Overtime moss, grass and even plants can grow from gutters as they provide the idea moist and mineral rich growing conditions.


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Our Equiptment

RH Cleaning Services provide the ideal solution to gutter cleaning.  We have invested heavily in the latest Gutter Vacuum Cleaning Technology – The GVS Predator Pro 3600w, triple, two-stage motor Gutter Vacuum.  The power of this vacuum is phenomenal – it can 10,750 litres per minute.  I would like to see a Dyson do that !!!

Combined with lightweight aerospace aluminium poles we can clean gutter up to 4 stories high without the need for articulated reach systems.  Thankfully, gone are the days of rickety ladders, trowels and buckets. More importantly gone are the days of ladder fails, trips, and injuries.  As a home-owner your house insurance is totally at risk by allowing anyone on to your property who works off a ladder.  You are completely exposed and liable should anything happen (or be claimed to have happened).  Fundamentally, you knowingly gave them permission to work off a ladder on your property you are exposed.

How often does do my gutters need cleaning?

It’s vital that you invest in gutter cleaning as often as needed. For most homes, this might be every other year or every three years at most. However, some homes might need annual gutter cleaning instead; consider some factors that might indicate your home could benefit from gutter cleaning more often than average.

  • Mature trees hanging over a home might drop lots of leaves, twigs, sap, moss, acorns, seeds, needles, and other such debris that ends up in gutters, leading to clogs.
  • Overhanging branches also provide a roosting place for birds, and their droppings and nest materials then wash into gutters.

Why not call us today 087 6089310 to chat through your Gutter cleaning requirements and see what RH Cleaning Services can do for you

Also we now have a link to WhatsApp where you can send us pictures for a Gutter Cleaning estimate.  We are always here to help.

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Gutters capture rainwater washing off a home’s roof, directing it to nearby downpipe and safety away in the house drainage system. Unfortunately gutters also captures leaves, twigs, seeds, acorns, moss, sap, soot, dust, and other debris, they often get caked with dirt and mud.

All sorts of natural vegetation including leaves, moss, grass, and other debris builds up every year. The wind blows the leaves onto roofs which fall and collect inside of the gutters. When wet these leaves can stick to the inside of the gutters, thus creating blockages in corners and down pipes.

This periodically becomes the perfect breeding ground for wind blown or bird dropped seeds, moss and weeds begin to grow and when left they can take hold of your gutters and block the natural flow of water in the guttering system causing an overflow

  1. Roof eaves, slates, tiles and asphalt absorb that standing water; Wood framing then become soft and crumbly, potentially even falling away from the home. Standing water also attracts bothersome insects and encourages damaging algae growth. This algae, as well as mould, mildew, and moss, can grow between roof slates, tiles, asphalt and flashing, loosening those parts and allowing them to fall away or get blown away in a storm!
  2. Mould caused by standing water is also unhealthy and bothersome to anyone sitting under those clogged gutters and that unsightly debris.
  3. Dirty gutters also allow rainwater to splash over their sides, running down a home’s exterior walls and windows, leaving behind unsightly streaks and stains.
  4. Rainwater running down exterior brick also softens that material, leading to cracks, chips, holes, and other damage.
  5. Rainwater can also make its way through holes and other openings in siding, increasing the risk of interior water damage and resultant mould growth.
  6. If you’ve never thought about the importance of a home’s gutters, now you know why professional gutter cleaning is so vital!


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