Why have the Brothers that just do Gutters clean the gutters on your apartment complex?
We can think of many reasons why it’s handy to have the gutters of an apartment or townhome complex cleaned by the all-inclusive landscaping guys. This can be one of the best solutions to lower costs, organizational time and maintenance associated with large complexes but it is not the best solution when it comes to liability.
Brother Gutters have been in the business of just doing gutter repairs, cleanings and installations for the last 13 years. We can tell when inexperienced tradesmen have done gutter work and is the one overall reason we suggest not to let the work for untrained crew. Although that may take some convincing, here are questions that had us considering the real costs in liability.
- What happens if the landscaping crew is not insured to do gutter work?
- What quality of work is performed when a landscaping crew cleans gutters?
- Are they experienced to know what to look for in potential gutter problems?
- Will they be able to fix any problems with the gutters?
- Would anyone hire a gutter professional to do landscaping work?
The last question is a reverse of what we commonly see. Most complex owners ask a landscaping guy to put a gutter cleaning bid into their offer. We see that as an eye-opening warning leaving us wondering whether enough information has been given out about what is involved in gutter cleanings. Here are a few things from our own experiences that we felt were important enough to sit down and publish them in our Internet blog.
Any time a tradesman is applying for a license or liability insurance, they must make the liability insurance aware of all the circumstances surrounding the job. According to legalmatch.com, a homeowner or complex/apartment owner may be on the hook for a very large bill should the insurance not cover the work conditions present during the accident. These warnings are all throughout the internet databases. According to OSHA of NY, anyone going above 4 feet is in need of fall prevention training and equipment. Most insurances require special coverage costs when height becomes a factor.
Although the liability is a great concern, there is much greater areas of concern than just the liability in safety costs. What about the liability of the actual cleaning work? We cover this on our own site and in previous blogs. There is a lot of liability to maintaining your gutters as well as knowing how to spot potential problems. We are not present on cleaning jobs done by landscapers but we do know all the tricks employed by many of them. We too have used some of the methods but know what conditions require more precise attention. For example, using a leaf blower works great for larger leaves in dry conditions. If the gutter cleaning crew uses the leaf blower on wet dirt, the leaf blower may remove the dirt causing it to splatter everything including the siding. There are times where not all the grit will come out with a leaf blower especially in the downspouts. Such conditions require some attentiveness and desire to clean the gutters thoroughly.
What about the liability of hidden gutter problems? Can a landscaper know if a gutter is improperly pitched? Do they re-caulk areas of leakage? Can they spot leaks or potential leaking areas? Do they have materials present to complete repairs? Are repairs included in the bid? How long will it take to fix a big repair when a gutter installer has to be called? Is it really saving money when smaller gutter repairs could have prevented a full replacement of the system? Are tenants willing to wait for the gutter repair to be finished when ice is forming over their walkways? The questions can go on and on but they don’t have to. We are the full professional outfit for everything gutter. We don’t trim trees, hedges or your lawn but we do make your gutter systems work and work right all the time. This is the first in a series of related writings. Want to know more? Check back again to find our next articles detailing plans and options for an apartment or complex owner.