Residential / Commercial Window Cleaning- Serving Metro Detroit, Oakland County, Macomb County Michigan
Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
w/ Digital Photo Confirmation

Serving Metro Detroit, Michigan for 4 Decades!
Oakland County: (248) 906-8535
Macomb County: (586) 469-3374
DOES THIS LOOK FAMILIAR?

 Simple answer: your gutters are most likely overflowing because 
your downspouts are clogged.

But what you should know in more detail is...
 - Why they are clogged
 - Where water will end up, and its path to get there


Our Service
- Inspect gutters for clogged downspouts
- Clean out all debris in the gutter channel
- Clear downspouts, allowing continued flow
- Seek out/report any problem areas
- DIGITAL PHOTO CONFIRMATION (upon request)

 Overflowing Gutters caused by a blocked downspout

WHAT'S GOING ON UP THERE?

More often than most, your gutters are filled with leaves that fall, well... in the Fall.
While that is the most common, it's not the most interesting.


 Top 5: Most Common Items Found In Your Gutters (besides leaves)
5) Brick Material -  from decaying chimneys
4) Gutter Nails -  often in long rolls
3) Shingles -  typically a solid piece covering your downspout
2) Shingle Grit - creates a dam with the consistency of wet beach sand
1) Tennis Balls (the current record is 9 at one house)
 


What's the oddest thing we've seen in gutters?  
Frogs- very small frogs.

(not sure how they get up there, but these guys love the standing water.)
           




Repercussions of A Clogged Downspout


Now that we've looked at the reasons your gutter may be clogged, let's focus a little on the actual result of the clog.
If the downspout is simply restricting the drainage, you may not see overflow until we get a heavy rain.
And the rest of the time it is 'out of sight/out of mind' so to speak.

On the other hand, when you are seeing this overflow during the slightest drizzle, the downspout is completely clogged.
This is allowing 'standing water' to remain in the gutter channel. Elevated water level doesn't need much help to pour over the top.



The Path From Your Gutters To Your Basement

Once the water in your gutter reaches the point of overflow, it usually has two ways it can go. The most common way is
over the front, which is the most visible to you, from the ground.  (And just might be the reason you are reading this.)


The second way is not so obvious. Water overflows or runs from the roof behind the gutter seeking a path to the ground.
This is when things can get scary...

Gutter flashing is used to protect the house from rain water pouring down from your roof. It should overlap the rear portion of your gutter, allowing the water to enter the gutter channel. It then flows to your downspout and finally away from your house.

Unfortunately, it's quite common to have a gutter hung below the flashing. Truth be told,you may never truly know for sure if it's actually 
lined up properly behind the gutter, without visual inspection.

Any sort of gap or hole may allow water to enter your home.
As gravity pulls the water downward, it could slowly deteriorate a small
portion of walls.


Your gutters may be hung (or re hung) below the flashing.  This could be the reason you may have water seepage in your home.


"While We're Up There"
When we clean your gutters, as a courtesy, we will seek out problem areas, and report them back to you.  In most cases
we may be able to catch an issue before it become a serious problem.

These images were taken while cleaning a customers' gutters. They had no idea that this was the reason their
bedroom ceiling was bulging.



A quick and inexpensive gutter cleaning now, could save you money and stress later.

- Prompt service is our competitive advantage.
If you notice leaking/ overflow... call us now!


Total Gutter Protection has a 20 year warranty and will keep leaves, branches, and twigs out of your gutter.  The only thing that can penetrate is water.