Abundant spring debris combined with a lack of rain means dangerous gutter overflows are coming with the first summer thunderstorm and now is the time to act

Overflowing Gutter
A gutter overflow can cause much more damage than simply mulch washed into your driveway. It can also lead to damp or flooded basements and damage to your home’s foundation.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

Here in Northeast Ohio, we have been blessed with beautiful weather during late May and early June—pleasant temperatures, sunshine and little rain. Our attention is turning to outdoor activities, al fresco dining, and weekend picnics. One thing we aren’t thinking about is our gutters.

But that’s about to change.

“We’ve had a bumper crop of spring debris this season,” says Anthony Alberino, founder of The Gutter Boys. “So many homes have clogged gutters right now, but no one knows it because of a lack of rain. But when that first thunderstorm arrives, people are going to see the overflowing gutters and panic.”

That’s when Anthony’s phone will ring off the hook.

Of course, rather than panic, the best thing you can do is go ahead and have your gutters cleaned now before the summer rains, remaining calm and relaxed when they arrive.

One way to keep your gutters free-flowing all the time is to sign up for The Gutter Boys’ subscription service.

A Gutter Cleaning Subscription
The Gutter Boys, a team of full-service, gutter specialists, now offers a unique gutter cleaning subscription. “You never have to worry about your gutters again,” Anthony says. “We show up and clean them on a regular basis, including in the late spring when they are filled with maple spinners, seed pods, oak catkins, spent blossoms and other spring debris.”

Most subscriptions include two to six cleanings per year and subscribers’ gutters take priority during scheduling.

Whether you choose a single gutter cleaning or subscribe, it’s best to leave it to the pros. “Our entire team is experienced and trained in proper cleaning techniques as well as ladder safety,” Anthony says. “We know the ins and outs of gutter systems and can clean them safely.”

Covering Your Gutters
Many homeowners prefer covering their gutters rather than relying on regular cleaning, and The Gutter Boys has you covered there, too. As a local company, not a national franchise with a single product, they can recommend and install the system that’s right for you, including their best-in-class micro-mesh gutter guard.

“Unfortunately, poorly designed and manufactured gutter guards have a high fail rate,” Anthony says. “Our system, however, has a lifetime warranty. And when we install it, two-thirds of the time we are taking down someone else’s failed guards. Our dumpster is usually filled with other companies’ products.”

The Gutter Boys system features:

• A high-flow, stainless steel micro-mesh featuring a raised S-curve that allows for the self-shedding of debris.
• A vertical louvered frame that improves drainage, discouraging the growth of algae.
• A lightweight, aluminum frame that won’t warp or add extra weight to the system.
• The cover is attached to the fascia, not the shingles, so it can’t void your roof warranty.

Exterior Window Cleaning
The Gutter Boys has just introduced a revolutionary way to clean exterior windows—with no ladder and no squeegee.

“It’s called water-fed pole window cleaning,” Anthony explains. “We use a three-stage water purification system to eliminate all particles in the water that could leave spots or residue.”

The three stages in the purification process are 1) carbon filtration, which traps impurities such as chlorine, sediment and organic matter; 2) reverse osmosis, which uses high pressure to force the water through a semi-permeable membrane to remove smaller particles like minerals, bacteria, and viruses; and 3) deionization, which removes smaller minerals and ions. The result is a spot-free clean.

The Gutter Boys is headquartered at 1090 West Bagley Road, in Berea. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and are bonded and insured. Call 440-454-7040 to schedule a free on-site consultation and estimate or visit TheGutterBoys.com for more information. They also offer 12 months same-as-cash financing.