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Roof gutters – designed to collect rainwater from the roof and transport it to ground level where it is usually dispersed into the ground via a soakaway.
These gutters are typically made from plastic but cast iron and aluminium are also popular.
Gutters in the UK are small compared to those used by our European or American neighbours and thus they tend to become blocked much more easily. The culprits are usually roof moss, leaves and twigs etc which clog not only the gutters but also the rainwater downpipes.
What are the average gutter cleaning costs charged in the United Kingdom? What is a fair and reasonable cost for this type of gutter work?
Typical Cost/Price to Clean Gutters
Assuming there is easy access up to the gutter height then the following cost guide will apply for a typical semi-detached property with 15 metres of gutters:
|Location||Small Business /Trader||Large Business|
|Need a Custom Price? >|
|South, SW and Midlands||£125.00||£150.00|
|Outer Region and North||£95.00||£125.00|
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How Difficult is it to Clear Out and Clean Gutters?
This work is not very difficult as the muck in the gutters can usually be removed manually with just a glove and a bucket. A ladder is all that is needed to get up to gutter height. The tradesman will need to flush some water down the rainwater pipe to see if it is blocked then clear the pipe by dismantling it and putting it back together afterwards (just a case of unwinding a few screws).
Factors That Can Increase/Decrease the Price and Cost
If the blockage is not in the gutters or the rainwater pipe but is instead located underground then the cost can increase substantially. If you live in a 3 storey town house then obviously this will cost more as a ladder may not reach the gutters! The cost will be decided by the access to the roof, if scaffold is required to reach the gutter height then the cost will be much much higher. Having repairs carried out will also affect the final gutter cleaning cost.
If you have a large conservatory that needs to be bridged then this will cost extra although in most cases a pole can be used to scrape out the contents of the gutters with the need for scaffold.
If you want the exterior of the guttering cleaned/polished then this will also cost more.
Can This Work be Done “DIY”?
While the work itself is very easy – just scooping out the debris by hand and flushing the pipes with a hose, working at height can be very dangerous, especially leaning to one side from a ladder. For this reason, it’s best to find a contractor to undertake this type of work.
How to Reduce Gutter Cleaning Maintenance and Costs
After having the gutters cleaned out, you could consider installing a gutter guard, such as a mesh, grill or brush. These will keep leaves, twigs and roof moss out of the guttering and will reduce the overall maintenance of the roof gutters. You could also have the moss from the roof removed and a chemical treatment applied to the tiles to prevent re-growth. Also consider cutting back any overhanging tree branches.
What Will Happen if the Gutters are Not Cleaned Frequently?
The gutters will most likely overflow, leading to rotten fascia boards and window sills. There may be damp patches on walls and on the patio/ground. Moss, leaves and twigs may also be forced into the underground pipework causing costly blockages.
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