Why blocked gutters can cause damage to your home
Gutters are one of those things that once installed we tend to forget about them. However, having blocked gutters can cause major and expensive home repairs. Gutters are part of a system that protects your home by maintaining the flow of rain water away from your roof. If a build up of debris keeps them from doing their job you can end up with serious problems.
Broken, rusted or blocked gutters can result in backed up, stagnant water. This can attract unwanted pests and cause water damage to your home. If left unattended, a clogged gutter can cause water to enter the internal areas of your home, potentially causing many thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Below are 2 main reasons why you can’t ignore your gutters especially coming in to Autumn when the leave start to fall.
1.Protect your Home from Water Damage:
Water damage can cause major problems in your home. It can lead to a build up of mold and mildew and can weaken your home’s foundation and walls. When it rains, a large volume of water is deposited on your roof that must be drained away in a very short space of time. If you have blocked gutters, this water is unable to escape, builds up very quickly and then overflows. When water overflows several things are likely to happen. It will run onto and over the eaves of your house, back into your roof and then into your ceiling causing internal damage. It will splash onto the ground under your gutters, causing erosion of garden beds and water pooling along the walls. It will run down the exterior walls of your house and saturate your foundations, which can lead to structural damage over time.
Gutters clogged with leaves and twigs can create stagnant water. Mosquitoes love stagnant water, they uses this as a place to lay their eggs, especially in warmer climates. Apart from being annoying, mosquitoes bring with them many illnesses which can harm your family. This is even more important to realize if your gutters drain rain water into a tank, the last thing you want is for your kids to be playing with water that has been contaminated by mozzies!
Although unpleasant, gutter cleaning is simple enough for most home owners to do themselves, however, there are many benefits in getting a professional to do the job for you. Professionals will often notice issues with your gutters or roof that could easily be missed by the untrained eye. Water damage and roof leaks can be tricky to spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for. What seem like small issues could actually become very big and expensive problems if not attended to promptly and correctly. Many professional will also be able to install gutter guard, which is often a very worthwhile investment, after all, if the roof over your head isn’t secure, you leave the rest of your home at risk of major water related damage.
To have your gutters or roof inspected call H&R Roofing Services on 1300ROOFCARE or visit www.melbournerooftilerepairs.com.au