Gutter Cleaning – Why regular gutter maintenance is essential

by / Monday, 27 May 2013 / Published in Gutter Cleaning

Gutters are something that every single building has, and yet an awful lot of them (far too many of them in fact) don’t put any effort into the upkeep and maintenance of their gutters. This is a big problem because blocked or damaged gutters can actually cause some quite serious long term damage a building because rainwater cannot drain away properly down to the drains as it is supposed to. This is why it is very important to make sure that you carry out regular gutter cleaning, either doing it yourself or look at paying a professional to do it for you.

Gutter cleaning is something that is relatively simple but needs to be done properly and is often left to the professionals partly just because of the fact that in order to do it you need to go up a set of two storey ladders, which is something a lot of people are either not capable or willing to do. Professionals can also offer certain services which you might struggle to perform yourself, like replacing sealant or fixing broken pipes if you find them.

Often, a lot of rubbish can manage to block up your guttering over time, mainly just normal debris that has blown up onto the roof and been washed into the gutter. There is also the common problem of moss growing in the gutters and blocking them up. For things like this the gutter cleaning procedure is easy enough, the debris just needs to be cleared which can be done by simply brushing it out and disposing of it. Sometimes the moss has to be scraped away, but again it is normally quite easy to do with a stiff brush. However if this kind of rubbish is allowed to build up in the gutter it can stop the water flow over them and potentially cause damage.

The reason that gutter cleaning is so important is because if water isn’t removed effectively then it can cause damage to your home or office building. Blocked up gutters stop the flow of water, causing it to build up on the roof and this can cause the roof to leak and let water through which can damage the beams and insulation of your building. This can be very expensive to repair sometimes so there is a lot to be saved by regularly cleaning your gutters or having them cleaned by a professional gutter cleaning company.

Blocked up gutters can also hide other problems such as broken pipes or places where the sealant has been removed by the water or the debris. These things are revealed with gutter cleaning, and then they can be fixed by resealing the problem spots to stop water leaking out of the pipes and building up somewhere where it could causes problems in the future. A regular gutter service doesn’t take that long to organise and it isn’t that expensive to pay a professional to do it, and the money and trouble it can save you in the long run makes these services more than worth the time or the money!

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