During storm season in South East Queensland, clogged gutters are one of the most common cause of property damage!
We know gutters fill with leaves, twigs and debris and can overflow, but what are the other reasons and problems that can occur with gutters?
Gutters filled with debris cause a drainage problem!
- Water will overflow and cause damage to the guttering. Worst case scenario – extra water in the gutter causing excess weight, causing the guttering to pull away from the house.
- Another scenario would be the landscaping in the area floods due to water overflowing from the gutters. This can cause damage to the roof and walls of the home or building. If this is left, it can cause severe water damage and structural damage to the building.
- Full gutters cause water to pool and create stagnant water, making it an ideal breeding ground for mosquito larvae to grow and hatch. Thus posing a health risk to your family and pets.
- Funny smell in a certain room or area of the house? You could have a deceased rodent or even a cane toad in your guttering. Guttering which is left to rot can prematurely rust and corrode.
- Clean gutters contributes to a home’s fire safe plan during fire season. Remove dry debris regularly.
3 Common misconception and mistakes when it comes to roofs and gutters.
“My insurance will cover it if my gutters cause water damage!”
Water damage caused by blocked gutters? Some insurance companies simply won’t cover the cost of repairs! Protect yourself from nasty and expensive surprises by checking your insurance policy and having your gutters professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.
Waiting until gutters start overflowing before getting them cleaned
‘I can’t see the problem, therefore it must be fine.’ It’s a really common mistake and can be a very costly one! Rather than over-reaching on a ladder and risking injuring yourself, call the experts in to check and clean the guttering!
Here’s the situation – you’ve gone down to Melbourne for the weekend, you check your weather app and see it’s been raining torrentially back home in Brisbane the entire weekend… you remember you haven’t got the gutters cleaned in well over 18 months, plus there’s a blockage somewhere in the stormwater drain which when it rains, it overflows and floods that section of the garden and garage…
It may be too late and the damage is already done! With the guttering – there is every chance that water has already found its way into your roof, eaves and plasterboards. With the stormwater drain – the blockage could have gotten much worse and it’s actually tree roots causing the problem. The tree roots have found cracks in the pipe and it’s now caused a potentially costly situation to clear the blockage and repair the pipe down the track. If regular maintenance had been carried out to the pipes and a gutter clean every 6 to 12 months, these costly situations could have been avoided.
Not getting the roof and guttering checked after a series of heavy storms.
You’re a chairperson of a 4-pack of units and remember the last residents in the top flat mentioned a leak last storm season… “It’ll be fine, can’t be that bad” you think to yourself as the next storm hits. Don’t ignore it! It can’t fix itself and must be looked at and fixed by a professional. We all get busy… but right after a heavy storm is exactly the time to get the roof and guttering checked again! Call the experts – RTL Plumbing 3399 2203