Gutter cleaning is a vital part of maintaining a home, however, it is also very easily overlooked by many homeowners. There are many serious issues that can arise with clogged gutters as they are a part of the system that carries water and debris away from your home reducing the risk of water damage, mold and decay. Here’s an overview over why you should keep your gutters clean:
By cleaning your gutters you can avoid experiencing serious water damage to your home. If water gathers in your gutters and around your home it can weaken the roof, the walls and even the foundation of your home. You should also make sure the downpipes extend far enough away from your home.
Nesting area for pests
A clogged gutter is the perfect nesting area for pests such as termites, mosquitos, rodents, snakes, etc. The pests are also known for using unprotected gutters as an entry into the roof space of your house. You can avoid the smaller pests with regular gutter cleaning, however to inhibit the rodents and snakes from entering you would generally require a gutter guard. Gutter guards will protect your home by cutting off access to the roof space.
Mould and mildew growth
If allowing water to gather up around your home you can experience mould and mildew growth inside your home. Mould thrives in humid environments and once it starts growing it is very hard to get rid off. Living in an environment with mould growth can cause serious health issues for your family, including respiratory ailments.
Protection against bushfires
During a bushfire embers can spread a very long way and start a new fire when landing in gutters filled with leaves and debris. Not only can you lose your home but in addition it will allow the fire to spread faster and wider destroying many more houses along the way. Gutter guards are a good solution to keeping leaves and debris out and away from your gutters. A gutter guard will not allow embers to ignite in the gutters as well as creating an effective barrier between your roof and the fire.
By installing gutter guards you are well on your way to avoid the issues mentioned above as well as not having to climb a ladder every few months in order to clean the gutters. However, it is important to bear in mind that even after installing gutter guards you still have to maintain your roof and gutters as well as the valleys and downpipes. There are several important considerations when deciding on a gutter guard system. You can read more about them here.
If you have any other questions or require more information regarding gutter guards, get in touch with Leaf Stopper today!