By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A working gutter system prevents soil erosion and water damage to the siding, and the low cost of cleaning and repairing a faulty gutter system is nothing when compared to the high cost of water damage. It’s a thankless job, but every time it rains, you’ll be grateful your gutters are hard at work carrying the water away from the house and foundation.
Keeping gutters and downspouts clean is the first line of defense and it’s also the easiest, albeit unpleasant job that even a neophyte do-it-yourselfer can easily learn. Cleaning gutters is grunt work personified. Repairs to a gutter system are relatively easy, too.
To inspect the drainage of your house walk around the perimeter to see that soil next to the foundation slopes away from it, and that gutter downspsouts drain water directly to the ground and at least 10 feet away from the house.
Here's a video from Lowes Gutter Cleaning and Repair.
One of the most common fixes is securing sagging gutters, often the result of a build up of snow and ice weighing them down. Refastening or replacing the straps that hold gutters and downspouts in place is another simple repair. So is patching leaks at joints that need to be resealed with caulk.
A gutter repair service will charge $136 to clean 60 linear feet of gutters on a one-story house and make minor repairs. You can do the job in a few hours for $35, the cost of the repair materials, and save 74 percent for your trouble. You’ll need a ladder, garden hose, bucket and rubber gloves to clean them.
DIY Hassle Alert
Give second thought to doing this yourself if you have a two-story house or one with a gutter system that's difficult to reach and work on.
The average price to repair and clean gutters noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.