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Here’s How You Can Prevent Your Gutters from Getting Blocked

Have you ever seen overflowing gutters? Particularly in heavy rain or stormy weather?

Perhaps even your own home’s gutters have overflowed before.

Now, while the cause can sometimes be just extremely heavy and out of the ordinary rain levels, however, more often than not, the reason gutters are overflowing is because there is a blockage somewhere that is reducing the efficiency of the gutters.

Your gutters do an especially important job – especially if you live in a place that sees it’s fair share of rain. They help to manage water away from your house. They work with your roof and the downpipes to get that water as far away from your home as possible.

This is important because water can cause all sorts of issues for your home.

Today, we’re going to tell you about some of the things you can do to prevent your gutters from getting clogged up and blocked.

But first, let’s talk about some of the issues blocked gutters can cause.

Why blocked gutters are a problem

We touched on this earlier, but it’s particularly important, so we’re going to go into some more detail.

Your gutters work in conjunction with your roof to manage the flow of water away from your home. Your gutters collect the water and debris that runs off your roof, and carry the water to draining points, like your downpipes to get it away.

When your gutters are working properly, you honestly probably won’t even realise they are there. It’s only when they are leaking, overflowing, or quite obviously damaged, that you might even notice them.

If you’re gutters are not working properly, some of the common problems you might have include:

Damage to the house exterior

This will likely take the form of mould or water marks on the exterior walls of your home. While every home is going to experience some wear and tear over time, when a gutter is left to continuously leak in an area and never really let up, this can lead to aging and damage that could be avoided.

Damage to the home’s interior

Sometimes, if your gutters are unable to work efficiently, it can lead to damage to the inside of your home. If water is left to pool in part of a gutter and is unable to drain, this might seep in through your interior walls over time, which can lead to rotting and mould inside, damage to your wiring, and even flooding.

Damage to the foundation

If your gutters are overflowing, unable to cope with the amount of water flowing through them or the downpipes are not draining far enough away from your house, you might end up with pooling of water around your home. If this is left, this can seep into the foundation of your home, which can compromise the overall structural integrity. If you’ve had some extreme weather and you notice pooling it might not be anything to be concerned about, but if it happens regularly, then something needs to be done.

Damage to the rest of the gutters

When gutters become blocked or even broken in some parts, it can end up impacting the other parts of your gutters, putting pressure on them to work even harder. This extra pressure can lead to premature aging or damage to these other areas, so it’s best to ensure everything is well looked after.

How to stop your gutters from getting blocked

You might not realise this, but even though it’s not always raining, your gutters are always exposed and because they work with your roof to protect your home, they are always working.

If your gutters aren’t catching water, they are probably catching debris, like leaves, twigs, sticks and rubbish.

As you can imagine, this constant exposure and debris flying about and collecting in your gutters is what causes them to become clogged up. So, what can we do about that?

Well, you know we said that often you don’t even notice your gutters? Especially when they are working properly? Well, that is pretty much where the problem starts.

The not-so-secret secret to preventing clogs is to keep your gutters clean and maintained, and when we forget about the gutters even being there in the first place, then the chances are that they are being neglected.

So, here’s what you can do:

Put a routine gutter inspection and cleaning schedule in place

To make sure your gutters last as long as they possibly can, you need to be looking after them.

Cleaning them and inspecting them regularly gives you the best chance at making them last a long time and helps to avoid those blockages.

While you can do this yourself, we recommend working with a gutter specialist. The regularity of your gutter cleaning and inspections will vary based on where you live and the kinds of weather you experience, however, for the most part, it’s a good idea to have your gutters cleaned and inspected twice a year.

Luckily, if you work with a guttering expert who not only cleans gutters but can also perform repairs and installs gutters, you’re working with someone who knows the signs of trouble. It also means you can work with someone who can combine the cleaning and inspection services, so you don’t need multiple people coming round.

You could do this yourself, but cleaning gutters can be dangerous, and let’s face it, you don’t have the experience or probably the time to do so.

Get gutter guards installed

An uncomplicated way to give your gutters the best chance at remaining unblocked is to give them a line of defence in the form of gutter guards.

Gutter guards can aid in preventing larger debris, like leaves and twigs, while still letting the water flow through.

While the guards will help in preventing the clogging and build up, your gutters will still need to be cleaned and maintained.

Keep an eye on the trees and plants around your home

Twigs, leaves, branches, and sticks, these are some of the main offenders when it comes to blockages in your gutters. If you have large trees or a lot of vegetation around your home, it might simply be dropping leaves on your roof and causing these blockages.

It’s worth keeping an eye on your vegetation and making sure it is trimmed or cut back when it starts to encroach on your home and roof.

Work with the guttering specialists in Sydney

Gutter cleaning and maintenance are just non-negotiables. But as you can see, there are some pretty simple things you can do to avoid bad things from happening to your home and gutters.

The best thing you can do for your gutters is to work with a professional team who can help you take care of them – that way, they won’t be your problem.

If you’re in Sydney and looking for a gutter team who can help you keep your gutters in tip top shape, then give us here at Gutterline a call. We’re Sydney’s most-trusted guttering specialist – and it’s for good reason. We’ve been taking care of the gutters of the homes around Sydney for more than 20 years!

Give us a call on 02 8677 3373 to speak to one of our friendly gutter experts today.

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