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    Gutter Cleaning

    The gutter system of your home performs a vital function. Gutters help to protect your home from receiving water damage and ensuring that water runs smoothly away from your home’s building materials. It is very important for you to take good care of your gutters by keeping them free of all debris, dirt, and grime that could interfere with the easy flow of water, and that all of the downspouts are functioning properly, as well.

    Within the Metro Atlanta area, Firemen Exterior Cleaning company is a professional group of gutter cleaning technicians that can ensure your gutters are cleaned thoroughly and are functioning supremely.

    As you can infer from our company name, the staff from Firemen Exterior Cleaning is a group of firefighters who use the skills and the knowledge that we have acquired, in order to perform our duties as expert gutter caretakers for each of our customers.

    We are group of professionals who are comfortable with walking on the roof of homes, working on ladders, and we also know how important it is to follow all safety protocols, as we help homeowners maintain and improve their valuable gutter system.

    As we inspect every piece of your gutters, we will ensure that each one is fastened properly to your home. We will then rid your gutters of all debris, tree limbs, leaves, nests, dirt, and any other substance that can interfere with the flow of rainwater, snow, ice, or any other form of moisture. Furthermore, we will make sure your downspouts are clear of any obstructions that allow water to flow down from the gutters and into your surrounding vegetation and landscaping. We understand the whole process of proper gutter function, and we will ensure that your system is working, as it is meant to work.

    If you are a homeowner who is interested in hiring some dedicated, highly qualified professionals to take care of all of your gutter cleaning projects, then please contact Firemen Exterior Cleaning today! We look forward to hearing from you anytime!

    In many areas around the greater Atlanta area, the number of trees (especially pine trees) requires our gutters be cleaned 2 to 3 times per year. That said, most homes can maintain safe gutter flow by cleaning them once or twice in a 12-month period.

    Gutter systems are designed to control the flow of water away from your home. Here are the five most common issues that can occur due to clogged gutters:

    Flooded Basements – The number one cause of water damage in basements is clogged gutters. When rainwater comes off your roof and has nowhere to go, it finds the path of least resistance. This is, usually, inside your soffits and siding all the way to the lowest point in the home, your basement. This can lead to mold grown on your interior walls and living space.

    Cracked Walls and Foundations – When water is allowed to settle around your home’s foundation it can cause washout of the supporting soil. This may result in cracks due to the tremendous weight of the house bearing down on a compromised foundation.

    Insect breeding ground – Free standing water and debris filled gutters are a paradise for several species of insects. Mosquitos, wood destroying insects, wasps, and even termites can live inside your gutters and find their way into your home.

    Rotten Wood – The result of moisture being trapped and cut off from air circulating to dry out the wood fascia around the house can destroy your home. The rotted area will quickly worsen if the gutters are not cleaned.

    Recommendation: Keep your gutters free and clear of debris to allow them to do their job as intended. 

    No. However, using a professional and insured company like ours is recommended.

    Here’s the issue. Using ladders and walking on roofs can be dangerous if you’re not equipped with the right equipment, trained, and experienced. Also, unless you inspect your roof regularly, you have no idea if a shingle or two are loose. All you need is one loose shingle, one misstep, and you’re off the roof before you realize what happened. The internet is full of sad story of severe injury, paralysis, and even death. Please, please, please don’t be a statistic. If you have any reservation about climbing up and cleaning gutters, give us a call. 

    First and foremost is the safety of our team and your property. That’s why any structure with a second or third story requires all team members to wear a 5-point safety harness that’s tethered properly. 

    Once safety measures are in place, gutters and downspouts are cleaned using several methods such as: by hand, with special tools, and power blowers to remove debris. We will ensure gutters and downspouts are free from debris for water to flow into and then out.

    Gutter debris will be placed in natural areas on the property. 

    We make it our priority to blow off all of your walkways, patios, and your driveway to the curb. We will blow or place the gutter debris into the natural or logical areas on your property.

    Whew! This is a much-debated topic among property owners and people in our profession. Here’s some thoughts:

    Plastic Gutter Covers – These are tempting because they’re fairly inexpensive and look like they would work. The big problem, they are plastic! Think about this. The surface of your roof can reach temperatures of 140 degrees or more in the summer. The plastic covers get so hot that they warp and lose their shape which destroys the functionality of the product. It ends up being a waste of time and money.  

    Most Metal Gutter Covers – Many companies sell thin metal that are placed under the first row of shingles and then fastened down or clipped to the front of the gutter. The big problem, they still let in pine needles, seeds, and other debris making proper gutter cleaning impossible without removing them. This in turn cost money to remove, put back, and can damage that first row of shingles in the process. 

    The Better Metal Gutter Covers – No product names mentioned here, but these “one piece” systems are pretty good. They actually work and do a decent job of keep most debris out. Including those pesky pine needles. 

    However, they are so expensive you wouldn’t believe it!

    Take the average home for instance. It has approximately 200 linear feet of gutter. So, with this average house you can expect to pay about $5,500. That means it will take you about 19.6 years to recoup your money if you have your gutters clean two times per year. Ouch!  

    Gutter Screens – The metal mess hinged gutter screens have developed a bad reputation over the years and mainly because simply put, gutter screens are a poor choice. Their biggest downfall, good ol Georgia pine needles.  They get stuck in the screens, looking like pointed spears sticking straight up. Leaves then get trapped which in turn traps seedlings and other debris swirling in the air or washing down the roof. The result. A water damn exactly where you don’t need it.

    Recommendation: Keep your gutters open and clean them as conditions apply. Gutters with covers or screens are very difficult if not impossible to clean once they’re installed. If your still on the edge if covers are for you, search online or better yet, join an online forum where gutter installers and cleaners hang out. You learn the truth as we know it. It’s not pretty.

    Downspouts that are connected to an underground drain system will be left as is. We consider all underground drainage to be repair work. At this time that is not part of our service offering. You may be better served by contacting a qualified landscaper that installs such systems.

    The most likely cause is the contractor used the traditional spike and ferrule type during the original installation. Over time, they can loosen causing the gutter system to pull away from the fascia board of the house. We offer a non-corrosive screw in fastener for years of trouble-free service.  Should our team encounter a traditional spike and ferrule that is beyond use, we are able to install a new screw in fastener with your permission.

    Gutter systems should be cleaned at least twice per year to ensure they flow freely. When filled with (1) year or less of natural leaves, pine needles, acorns, tree buds, and/or seedlings, clean-up is as expected. We consider the amount of debris collected within a year to require a Standing Cleaning in most cases. 

    Gutters accumulating more than the standard amount debris or those not cleaned in over a year generally require a Heavy Cleaning. Our technician will notify you immediately before any action is taken. Once approved, our team will move forward.

    Roof pipe vent boots may become cracked and/or torn after (7) seven years due to UV rays, sun, and various weather conditions. Our technician can install a supplemental rain collar over the damaged one for a quick and effective temporary solution. However, the rain collar cannot fix or correct any underlying issue or related water intrusion beyond the collar itself.  We recommend a qualified roofer inspect your roof for overall condition and recommendations.

    No. Our technician will call when we arrive and after the project is complete. We do ask your help with the following:

    • make sure all windows and doors are closed completely. 
    • move all vehicles away from the house and out of the driveway, because we use ladders and don’t want to damage your vehicles. 
    • secure all pets inside your home

    Yes, we are. Firemen Exterior Cleaning carries an insurance policy. We are insured to clean residential homes, large H.O.A projects and commercial buildings as well. Ask us for a copy, we’re happy to email it for your review.

    • Roof Cleaning (Click Here)
    • House Washing (Click Here)
    • Driveway and Walkways (only as part of a Roof Cleaning or House Washing project)

    Our company was founded by Ryan Hajjar, a firefighter. The large majority of company teammates are active duty firefighters. That means your project helps support these brave firefighters and their families.

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