What is a gutter, a walk-out, a downspout, a gutter screen [Calgary edition]

What are gutters, eavestroughs, and downspouts?

Here is an explanation of what a gutter (another name is eavestrough) and a downspout are:

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A rain gutter (eavestrough) is a component of a water discharge system for a building. It is necessary to prevent water from dripping or flowing off roofs in an uncontrolled manner for several reasons: to prevent it from damaging the walls, drenching persons standing below or entering the building, and to direct the water to a suitable disposal site where it will not damage the foundations of the building (C) Wikipedia

When your eavestrough (gutters) accumulate leaves and twigs, pine needles and cones, little rocks from asphalt shingles, and dust, they stop draining and the entire system gets compromised. After some time clogged gutters (eavestroughs) and downspouts will transition from a cleaning problem to more expensive structural problems: sagging gutters, sloping problem, and leaky gutters. It’s much cheaper to clean eavestrough (gutters) and downspouts than to repair them.

Here is how it all works together.

What is a walk-out?

When a house has a walk-out means the house is built on a slope and, if counted from the ground, the house has an extra story in the back. In the picture below, you can see a one-story house with a walk-out.
Why is it important for us to know if you have a walk-out? The gutters at the front are 1-story high, but the gutters at the back are 2-story high, so we need a taller ladder or even different equipment etc.

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What is a gutter cover (guard, screen)

Gutter cover – or its other names ‘gutter screen’, ‘gutter guard’, or ‘leave guard’ – supposedly prevents debris from entering your rain gutters. In the picture below, you can see a traditional gutter screen covering a gutter.
Why is it important for us to know if you have gutter covers? If we come to clean your gutters and they have gutter screens, we would have to unscrew all of them, clean the gutters, and screw the screens back on. This will usually double our work time, increase the ‘falling object’ hazard tremendously, and exhaust technicians much more than any regular cleaning.

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Why choose ‘Gutter Cleaning on a Budget’ for your eavestrough and other exterior cleaning needs?

A small but dedicated family business. We are in the TOP THREE gutter cleaning companies in our beautiful city, and #1 by volume of eavestrough cleaning jobs in Calgary. Thank you, YYC. We’ve been working hard to achieve and sustain this status. Our spotless reputation is backed up by the CLOG-FREE & NO STREAKS guarantee. Your satisfaction is our priority. We guarantee that your gutters, eavestroughs, and downspouts will have no clogs after our appointment. We guarantee that your windows will have no streaks.

Wonder if you can trust us?
Over the years, we helped CEOs, doctors, lawyers, politicians, engineers, IT-specialists, tradesmen, and even some local celebrities. We helped single moms, retirees, landlords, tenants, new homeowners, and a lot of other people who are not comfortable with heights or don’t have enough knowledge of the rain gutter system. That means you won’t be among the first thousand customers who trusted us, but we are very happy to work for you anyway 🙂

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