How long does it take for eavestrough cleaning

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Posted by: from Ottawa
4/23/2016 at 7:34:39 PM


I would like to know how long it should take a contractor to clean eavestrough of a end unit townhouse (eavestrough around the garage and the roof).

The reason I am asking is that we hired a contractor to clean the eavestrough at our house and at our rental property (townhouse). They were supposed to start with our house at 2pm and then go to the townhouse that is 700m away. We got home at 2:30 and did not see them. We thought they did not come.

But then in the evening, we noticed that they had sent us the two invoces electronically. One at 2:06 and the other one at 2:20. We asked them at what time they did the jobs, and they responded that they sent the invoices upon completion at each house.

We do not know at what time they arrived at our house, and therefore do not know how much time they spent here. But it looks like that they drove from our house to the townhouse and completed the work in less than 15 mins. The house is only a 2 mins drive away, but it still seems quite fast nonetheless. Hence my initial question.

Thank you

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Date/Time4/23/2016 at 9:46:46 PM


To give you a good honest answer, there would be a few variables in question. Now are we talking about a Eves trough. That's only like 10 feet long ? Or a East trough with 100+ feet ? If it was 10 feet long, it could be cleaned pretty fast by a pro. But if it's over 10 feet to lets assume 100 feet as a average Eves trough length around a home is. You would need a min of 40 mins to clean the Eves trough properly and check for any issues arising from caulking or broken parts inside a rising from caulking or broken parts inside Eves trough, downspouts, end caps, Eves trough hangers. My determination, is only based on how long and high the eves trough is ? If longer then 10 feet, more time would be need to clean.

Thank you. Sincerely,


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Kershan from Roofmaster Ottawa Inc in Ottawa
Date/Time4/24/2016 at 8:34:34 PM

As the previous contractor responded there are many variables. If the eavestroughs were already relatively clean and there's not that many feet of eavestrough it could take as little as 10-15 minutes. If it's real clogged and full of gunk and decomposing leaves and such it could take up to an hour. Your contractor may have also arrived earlier than 2pm. If you are capable or if you have someone with experience at heights, you could get them to put a ladder up and take a quick look to see if they were cleaned. At the end of the day, that's all that matters - that they were cleaned properly.

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John in Ottawa
Date/Time4/25/2016 at 9:51:26 PM

Thanks Jordan for your response,

Would you mind clarifying your response. Are you saying that "east trough" and "eves trough" are two different things and depending on which one I got cleaned then it could explain why it was so quick?

Or was it just a typo?

I have always only heard of eaves trough. When I asked for my eaves trough to be cleaned, I expected the "gutters" that runs horizontally along the roof of the house to be cleaned. Did I used the wrong term? It is definitely much longer than 10 feet.

Kershan, thanks for your reply as well. Unfortunately the roof is too high for me to venture and peek at the eaves trough. I agree with you, I do not mind how long the job took, as long as it got done properly. Just trying to figure out if it realistically could have been done that fast. You are correct, they could have arrived before 2pm at the first house, that is why I am just questioning the second job.

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