Your gutters and downpipes are your first line of defence to stop water getting into your home during a downpour or a storm. Gutters essentially manage the flow of rainwater away from your home, keeping it safe from water damage.
That’s why ensuring your gutters are free from leaves, sticks and other debris is an important part of your regular maintenance.
Leaf-blocked gutters and the problems they cause
- Ceiling damage
If a gutter or downpipe gets clogged with leaves it can stop or slow the drainage off your roof. The water doesn’t just flow over the top of the gutters, it can flow backwards into the roof space and cause water damage to your ceilings and walls.
- Gutter damage
Leaves sitting in your gutters can cause premature wear and damage including rust damage. You want your gutters to last as long as possible, but this won't happen if leaves continue to build up over time.
- Attract pests
Clogged gutters are like a five-star restaurant for rats and mice, due to the nutrients they might find in the leaves; this means they could potentially make their way into your home.
- Rotting leaves smell bad!
Because of the moisture trapped in the leaves, they eventually go mouldy and produce an unpleasant smell that can be detected even at ground level.
Cleaning your gutters is a pain but an essential part of your home maintenance. The easiest and safest way is to get your local gutter cleaning expert a call. They have the specialist equipment and expertise to do it quickly and easily.