Why You Need Clean Gutters

How to keep your gutters clean

Having clean gutters is an essential part of a well-maintained home. Many people might ignore their gutters as they do not look at them very often but they are an essential part of the home.

In this blog, we look at the impact of dirty gutters, how to safely clean your gutters and how to prevent gutter problems.

The purpose of gutters

Gutters are designed to catch water and ensure it flows in a safe, controlled manner down into the municipal sewage. Mostly they are designed to control the flow of rainwater.

Water moves from the roof into the gutters and through the downpipe, before entering the drainage system.

Why do I need clean gutters?

1. Damage to your roof

When you neglect cleaning your gutters, this causes a build up of debris that results in a blockage.

Generally, the main culprit of blocked gutters is leaves, twigs and other falling debris.

When your gutters become blocked, this causes the water to overflow and spill onto your roof.

Excess water will eventually result in damage in the form of rust, rot and mould.

2. Mould

Mould is a major concern because it can have major health impacts on anyone living or even visiting your home.

Mould is a fungus that grows in moist conditions.

Breathing in mould spores can cause respiratory issues such as coughing, a tight chest, irritated throat, and coughing.

Inhaling mould for too long can damage your lungs or cause asthma. It can also aggravate lung issues you already have, like asthma and allergies.

If you allow water and moisture to pool up in your roof, this can result in mould.

This further demonstrates the importance of cleaning your gutters.

3. Damage to the foundation of your home

The overflow from a blocked gutter will not just spill onto your roof.

It will also spill over onto the ground and pool around the foundation of your home.

This can damage the foundation of your home, resulting in cracks.

These cracks will significantly lower the value of your home.

Furthermore, small cracks exposed to moisture can become large very quickly, causing even more structural issues.

4. Increased risk of pests

If your gutter is congested with damp leaves, twigs, and other vegetation, it can become an attractive nest site for possums, rats and other tests.

Also, the pooling of water makes it an attractive place for mosquitos to breed.

Damage to your roof can also make it easier for pests to enter your roof and nest inside.

5. Termite infestation

The risk of a termite infestation also increases significantly when you have a clogged gutter.

The mix of high moisture, as well as decaying leaves and branches, will attract termites to your home.

Water leaking directly onto the wooden elements of your home will also make it easier for termites to eat away at them.

Termites need moisture to thrive and have an easier time eating damp wood.

Once they get into your gutters, they can spread unseen through your roof cavity and infest your home.

Not only can they enter through your roof, but the foundation cracks caused by pooling moisture can also present an opportunity for termites to enter your home.

Damp gardens are also more attractive to termites.

6. Maintain clean gutters to avoid costly repairs

Evidently, clogged gutters can cause significant damage.

This damage can result in costly repairs that you might otherwise avoid.

How to maintain clean gutters

To protect your home, you should regularly clean your gutters.

Make sure to check them after storms or when it is particularly windy.

1. The right accessories

Make sure you have the right tools to clean your gutter.

Ensure you have a bucket, gloves, scraper, safe shoes, and a scooping implement to remove the debris.

2. Ensure it is safe

To protect your home, you should regularly clean your gutters.

Make sure to check them after storms or when it is particularly windy.

3. Clear the roof and remove the debris

Any leaves or debris on your roof will eventually fall into your gutter.

As such, before you clean your gutter use a rake, broom, or other such implements to sweep debris away.

Use your gloved hand to remove larger debris and use a scoop to take out smaller debris.

Your scraper can be used to remove stubborn dirt that clings to your gutter.

4. Flush your gutter

Once you have removed the debris, flush your gutters by using the garden house to spray it down.

This will get rid of any remaining, loose debris that you might have missed.

5. Look for any damage to your gutter

Once you have clean gutters, you should inspect them for any damage.

Look for any potential holes or leaks. Using the garden house can also expose leaks clearly.

In particular, you should look along the joints, as these are among the first areas to break.

Once you see the damage clearly, you can consult an expert about repairs.


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