Not a lot of homeowners realise the importance of regularly maintaining the guttering and rainwater downpipes on their property. In fact, there are many people who have not even looked at their gutters. Your gutters, however, can play a large part in the structural integrity of your property. Here we will discuss the potential issues you could be faced with if your gutters are blocked. So, read on to find out why having clean gutters is crucial to your property.
Prevents Damage To Your Property
Keeping your gutters clean can be a difficult task, however, if your gutters are not clear it could possibly cause damage to your home. This can lead to costly repairs which could have been avoided. When your gutters become clogged up with debris, this will allow water to flood which can then cause rotting on your roof. The water sitting against your roof can cause damage to both the surface and the underlying materials. It can also cause damp issues inside the property with water penetrating brickwork. This can be very expensive to repair so you must keep your gutters clear to help prevent this from happening.
Your home’s foundation is also susceptible to damage if your downpipe is blocked. This can be a major issue as excess water may build up against the foundation and this can lead to water ingress in the foundation wall along with weakening the footing. During the winter months, this is likely to be worse as the build-up of water may freeze at your foundation. This results in frost-heave, which can cause significant cracking in the foundation wall.
As clogged up gutters cause flooding in your gutter system, excess water can fall to sit on walkways and driveways which creates potential slipping hazards. Paths can become more prone to slipping if algae are present on pathways. This also causes greater issues in the winter as the water may turn into ice which results in surfaces being more difficult to walk on.
Keeps Pests Away
Gutters full of debris are very inviting to a number of pests as a nesting site, so it is important that your gutter is clear to keep these pests away. From birds to insects, if your gutter has a bed of damp leaves this will be very appealing to these pests.
How Draincalls Gutter Cleaning Service Could Help You
As part of preventative maintenance, you should have your gutters cleaned at least once a year. At Draincall we offer an exceptional gutter cleaning service to ensure that your gutter is completely clear. We use a SkyVac system to clean out your gutters, so they become clear and free-flowing. With this system, no ladders or scaffolding is needed as this is completed from the safety of the ground. This is the most cost-effective method to remove all leaves, moss and debris from your gutters. The best time to clean your gutters is at the beginning of winter after the last autumn leaves have fallen and before the bad winter weather kicks in. Using our gutter cleaning service will significantly reduce the chances of your gutter becoming blocked later in the year.
If your gutters are blocked or have stopped functioning, get in touch with us today to arrange a visit from our professional team to solve all of your issues.