Benefits Of Cleaning Your Gutters Regularly
- William Demirdonder
- Sep 09, 2020
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- 15-minute read
Spring has finally rolled around and in addition to magpie swooping season, Spring is time to get your home ready for the months ahead. A good Spring clean inside and a thorough home inspection for outside is needed.
As we head into Spring and Summer, the epic storms wash over Sydney without much regard for our plans. So the key is to be prepared and have your home as ready as it can be for whatever Mother Nature throws at us.
This article aims to help you prepare for storm season with a few simple home maintenance tips so you know that your plumbing system, water-heavy rooms and pipes are in the best shape possible for the upcoming months.
We’ll also share with you our covid-19 safe “contactless maintenance” plans and what that means for you as our customer.
Startlingly, a recent survey from Budget Direct found that only 1 in 3 Aussies clear their gutters of debris at least once a year, while 4 in 10 (41.1%) clear their gutters at least every few years or have never cleared their gutters.
Shocking! Because we’re plumbers and our main concern is how effectively your home’s plumbing, pipes and gutters work, let’s start there.
Your gutters matter! In a storm, they matter big time.
Gutters run around the edge of your roof; they are in place around the entire structure of your home. They are vital roofing components as they direct water away from your house to effectively preserve your home from water damage.
The primary function of your home’s gutters is to provide a channel for rainwater to move off your rooftop and away from the foundation of your home. This channelling ensures that the water doesn’t seep beneath your home’s foundation, weakening it and causing serious issues in the future. If your home is exposed to prolonged periods of moisture it can weaken and deteriorate parts of your home’s structure.
We don’t want that!
If you’re living off rainwater (fully or partially) you will know the value of a clean gutter because every drop of water needs to find its way into that tank, undisturbed by debris or dirt. That’s why it’s important that your gutter system is clean, clear, and working properly at all times.
Properly maintained, your gutter system should last 20-50 years.
Commonly, leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris can clog your gutters. It’s not uncommon to find birds’ nests in unmaintained gutters! The longer the debris is left unattended in gutters or downpipes, the less efficient your stormwater system will be. If your stormwater system is not fully functioning, you run the risk of damage being caused at your property, such as leaks and damage throughout ceilings and walls.
The main reason you want to clean your gutters is so that large amounts of water can move off your roof, down the pipes and away from your property, preventing flooding, leaks and damage.
When your gutters are clean, clear and functional they prevent any structural damage from occurring, they also prevent mold, dampness and sagging.
More and more, we are being hit with tropical rain and storms, producing an abundance of water for our gutters and downpipes to deal with. These storms often catch us by surprise, which is why it’s important to ensure gutters are clean, clear, and functioning at all times. Damage is often done when gutters have been neglected and a heavy storm comes through causing water to come down a wall or through the ceiling. This type of damage we call resultant damage and can often be very expensive to rectify.
We cannot recommend highly enough the importance of regular gutter and downpipe cleaning, so water is able to escape the roof effectively and prevent any damage being done to the property.