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Cleaning gutters - how often and how much?

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CallejaCalleja Forumite
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How often should I be getting my gutters cleaned? Been in my house for 3 years and never done it...I did once ask my window cleaner if he could do it but he said he couldn't and I've never pursued it since!


I have checked when its raining and I can't see any problems but I suspect its something I should be doing...so how often should I be doing it and how much can I expect to pay?


Does it make any difference if I am mid-terrace?


Thanks!
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  • keith969keith969 Forumite
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    Mine need cleaning every year, but I have a few trees around and they fill the gutters up with leaves.
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  • david1951david1951 Forumite
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    At least once a year, and preferably/additionally at the start of winter (after all the leaves have fallen). It isn't just leaves though - bird mess can cause moss to grow on a roof and in the gutter, which can eventually build up and cause a blockage.

    A blocked gutter will happen rather suddenly and can cause a lot of problems.

    Shouldn't be too expensive; £50-70 for a mid terrace. Or buy a ladder and some rubber gloves....
  • CallejaCalleja Forumite
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    Thanks both. No trees around which is probably how I've got away with it for 3 years, but I will get on to it this year. I'm a bit of wimp up ladders so I think it will be £70 well spent....
  • missilemissile Forumite
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    Perhaps you could ask your neighbours who they use? Whomever you use, keep an eye on them to make sure they do a proper job.
  • smudger1964smudger1964 Forumite
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    after you have had them cleaned you could put these in "or get someone to" then you would never need to pay out again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfhOJBwCZEo
  • 27cool27cool Forumite
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    Calleja wrote: »
    Thanks both. No trees around which is probably how I've got away with it for 3 years, but I will get on to it this year. I'm a bit of wimp up ladders so I think it will be £70 well spent....
    Some of my gutters have never been cleared since I built the house in 1977. It depends entirely on the proximity of trees. Some of the lower gutters have overflowed and at that point they were cleaned and nearby shrubs heavily pruned.
  • SailorSamSailorSam Forumite
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    If you're in a mid terrace it may not be worth getting them done, unless your neighbours get them done at the same time.
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  • greenfacegreenface Forumite
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    do they need cleaning . your mid terrace put your phone on video make a selfie stick reach out your top window and have a nose .maybe alright
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  • CallejaCalleja Forumite
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    Ah OK, a few mixed opinions - thanks all!


    I was thinking about asking my neighbours if they use anyone/have had them done. Maybe I will go down that route first.
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