How did your house gutters fare with the heavy rain last month? Let’s be honest, most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our gutters. It’s usually only when we have torrential rain or bush fires that we notice them, but by then it can be too late.
Also, whilst a blocked roof gutter may not seem like a big deal, gutter cleaning is really important for the health of your home and its occupants – that’s you and your family!
Even the best roof designs in the world and professionally installed house gutters require some scheduled maintenance along the way. A simple blocked gutter can become ‘a big deal’ really quickly. Just some leaves and twigs can wreak havoc on your home and result in huge damage and, therefore, huge costs. Not to mention the health risks …
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Similarly, blocked house gutters that overflow can breach the waterproofed areas of your home and allow water ingress. This damage is often irreparable and requires external and internal remediation.
We understand, life gets busy but, as we’ve said above, overlooking the health of your roof guttering can pose a real health risk to you and your family. Toxic mould is real and should be taken seriously. Conditions such as asthma, allergic alveolitis and mould infections are not to be taken lightly and should be avoided.
Similarly, providing a safe haven for rodents increases your risk of exposure to contact with their bacteria-laden urine or faeces, bloodsucking ectoparasites such as fleas and skin disease transmission to you or your pets.
Aside from the health risks posed by blocked house gutters, water damage to your home can result in some hefty bills for remedial works. And you may not be insured for it … taking SunCorp as an example of a well known Australian home insurer, they make clear that claims may not be accepted where gutter maintenance or clearance is shown to be lacking.
And for the Shoalhaven region, as we all saw in the summer of 2019/2020, the risk of bushfire is very real. Allowing leaves and twigs to build up in your roof gutters increases the risk of your home being damaged or lost due to ember attacks.
So, how to ensure you do not fall foul of these issues?
So now you know why your gutter health is so important. These three simple steps can help keep you healthy and save you a fortune! If you have any questions get in touch with our team today. We service the entire Shoalhaven region and offer emergency plumbing services 24/7.
Frequency of Gutter Cleaning
Twice a year is the optimal number of times to clean gutters – in Spring and Autumn. Check gutters and gutter downpipes are clear of debris, secure and sturdy to ensure they withstand any severe weather. To make this process easy and ensure gutters stay healthy and free-flowing all year round install gutter screens to reduce debris, clogging and the need for frequent cleaning.