Cleaning Up The Portland Metro Area Since 1996
Clogged and blocked gutters can result in water puddling and overflowing. That water may then run back behind the fascia of your home, allowing it to run into the walls of your basement or cellar and under substructures. TWC can assist in helping protect against these situations long before they occur.
Our team hand scoops out the gutters and puts the waste into buckets and not in your yard. We then flush out all the downspouts to ensure they are clear and thoroughly flowing.
Whether you are looking for a one time cleaning or a regular maintenance program, we are there to get the job done right.
“Your satisfaction is our guarantee” and it means just that. We’re not done until you are completely satisfied. Our focus is to perform a premium service which exceeds industry standards with unmatched quality.
TWC, Inc. is a small family owned and operated corporation of qualified local gutter cleaners and window washers whom take our job very seriously with regard to your individual cleaning requirements. We work primarily on high quality residential homes, however, no job is to big or to small.
For your protection Portland Gutter Cleaning
by TWC is licensed, bonded and insured.
We also carry workers compensation.
Gutter Cleaning: The Why and The How
Gutters are a nightmare if you don’t clean them regularly. Worst case scenarios include your roof falling off. Though chances of that is pretty low, it is still bad for both the interior and exterior of your home. This is because, the twigs and leaves will not allow smooth disposal of rainwater. Instead it causes rainwater to remain stagnant for large hours. This can cause many problems like the paint coming off. Though the initial problems are visual in nature, if left uncared for – it is a big safety threat. Moreover, a blocked up gutter is like a personal invitation for all sorts of pests. If left unattended, you will find that beehives, molds and even rodents have made your gutter their home. Though gutter cleaning every other month or so can sound unnecessary, it will save thousands of dollars in the long run! That is right, once things go out of hand – you will have to rope in specialists to do the job and they are going to charge a hefty amount.
So how often should gutter cleaning be done?
The most important factor to be taken into consideration is the tree population in your area. The more the number of trees, the more frequently you will have to do the cleaning. Factors like type of trees and the amount of leaves they shed also needs to be looked into. The time of the year is also important – come autumn and you better have more frequent cleaning sessions. Cleaning the downspot might get a little bit tricky and it is better you call a professional instead of trying to learn by firsthand experience. A blocked downspot will cause back flow of rainwater and an overflowing gutter which can be very harmful for your home.
Does getting gutter covers help?
Gutter covers are undoubtedly a worthy investment which can reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning drastically. But this does not mean you can completely ignore it. The quality of the cover is of utmost importance. If you live in a place which requires cleaning every two months, getting a good quality gutter cover would require you to do the cleaning every two years. The hidden problem with this is, because the time period between two cleaning sessions is long, you might altogether forget about the cleaning until the damage has been done. It would be wiser to have a yearly visual check just to be on the safe side. Keep in mind that covers still let in at least 10%-20% of the debris. Installing good gutters will cost you around $1500-$2500 depending on the size of your home.
Should I hire somebody to do the gutter cleaning or do it myself?
Gutter cleaning is a very dangerous thing. In the year 2009 alone, more than 200,000 people had to be rushed to the hospital because of falls off ladders. Some were even left with permanent injuries. Here are a few tips to ensure a safe cleaning session:
Inspect all the steps of the ladder before climbing. Steps can get weak especially when it comes to old ladders.
After climbing two or three steps, check if the ground is level. Proceed further only if you are convinced about the stability of the ladder.
If the soil is soft in nature, get plywood planks and place the foot of the ladder over it.
Never place the ladder on the gutter itself as it might result in the whole thing collapsing. Such incidents can even be fatal. That is why, you need to be very careful about this point.
It is strongly recommended to get an expert for gutter cleaning in Portland because of these reasons:
These are people who deal with gutter cleaning every day. So they obviously will have way more expertise. The advantage is that these people will know what to look for so as to prevent long term damage.
Getting professionals saves a lot of time. They can do it at least 2-3 times faster unless you are a professional yourself!
The cost of a gutter cleaning session is also subject to the amount of debris and the type of house you have. It can be safely said that the price range can be anywhere between $70 to $250. Make sure that the person you are hiring carries a workers’ compensation insurance and a liability insurance.