A clean and fully functional guttering system is incredibly important to your property’s wellbeing. Gutters are an integral part of your home’s drainage system. And as any homeowner will tell you, poor drainage around the home can lead to serious damage that’s extremely costly and difficult to fix.
When your guttering is doing its job, it collects the rainwater from your roof and directs it into stormwater drains or a rainwater tank. However, over time, your gutters and down pipes can get clogged with debris like leaves and branches, animal droppings, and toys like footballs and frisbees. And this can lead to major roof repairs, damage to your guttering, and drainage issues.
So, before you dismiss gutter cleaning as just another household chore that you’ll “get around to when the Melbourne weather settles down”,you should have a look at this list of reasons why gutter cleaning is important.
Roof and guttering water damage
First and foremost, if your gutters aren’t flowing properly, it can lead to serious water damage to your roof and guttering.
If debris and water start to pool, it can significantly increase the weight of your guttering. This can lead to damage to your roof, as the guttering can bend, buckle and start to pull away from fixings.
Pooling water can also do serious damage to roof and gutter materials. Timbers can start to decay, metal components can corrode and tiles can get eaten away. Any of these can affect the structural integrity of your roof and lead to major roof repairs.
If water is pooling on your roof or in your gutters it will eventually lead to leaks in your roof. This can cause a large number of problems that can be extremely expensive to fix and could even be dangerous.
A leaking roof can cause electrical shorts if water gets into the wiring, and this can be a fire risk. Water leaks can do major damage to structural components like roof timbers, windows, walls and floors, and this can affect the integrity of your home, as well as being extremely expensive to fix.
Roof leaks can also lead to the growth of mould and mildew inside your home and this can be a major health risk for you and your family.
Clogged gutters can lead to a range of health risks. Pooling water and rotting debris can be a haven for insects like mosquitoes and cockroaches, which are well-known disease carriers.
Drainage and moisture problems can also lead to infestations of mould and mildew, which can cause a range of serious health problems including respiratory issues and an increased risk of infection.
This one can be a huge problem. If water is overflowing from your gutters, it can lead to water pooling around the base of your home. With nowhere to drain, with water can start to seep into the foundation. This can weaken the foundation, causing cracks and, over time, can destabilise the base of your home.
These drainage issues can also lead to other moisture-related problems like mildew and rising damp. Also have a look on “How to remove moss from the roof“
It’s not just the structure of your home that can be affected. Improper drainage can cause erosion problems in your garden and do damage to areas beyond the home including outbuildings, like sheds and garages, retaining walls and garden landscaping.
Overflowing water and improper drainage can lead to side stains down your walls, discolouration of your roof as well as a range of other visible damage around the home. Even if this isn’t serious damage (and it most likely will lead to serious damage), it will damage the aesthetic appeal of your home and can affect the value of your property. At the very least, it will cost you time and money to clean these surfaces (not to mention fixing them).
The Easy Solution
If you don’t have the time, inclination or equipment to deal with your gutter cleaning, there are plenty of roof cleaning companies that can quickly, safely and affordably take care of the cleaning and any roof repairs for you. This will save you time and ensure you don’t have to deal with the bigger repair bills that will eventually come from neglecting your guttering.