Gutter maintenance is one of those tasks that we all get around to eventually, out of sight, out of mind…until the heavy rains hits and they start to leak, or worse backwash into your eaves!!
Unmaintained gutters can cause a myriad of problems to the infrastructure of your house.
Here are some common issues that can arise due to poorly maintained gutters:
Clogged gutters: Over time, gutters will inevitably become filled with dirt, leaves, general debris and even insects and bugs. Clogged gutters prevent water from draining, put unnecessary strain on the guttering system, and create areas for water to infiltrate the roof cavity.
Leaking gutters: When guttering springs a leak, it can become pretty damaging. After all, gutters are put in place to channel and divert water to a particular area; a leak entirely compromises the system and can damage the exterior walls, siding and foundation of a property. The most common causes of a leaking gutter are loose fasteners, cracks and holes 1.
Gutter joint separation: When gutters become clogged, aged, deteriorated or are even just installed improperly, the gutters may begin to pull and separate from the roofing or fascia board. Gutter joint separation is one of the most common gutter problems faced by those who do not take the time to care and maintain their guttering system. When gutter joint separation occurs, this leaves significant vulnerable area for water to damage walls, siding, gutters, fascia and roofing materials.
Back-flows: Gutter backflow occurs when rainwater draining from the roof edge runs under the roof or behind the gutters, instead of into the gutter troughs. Back-flow in your gutter troughs can be caused by clogged gutters, poorly situated gutters and improperly installed flashing around the gutters.
Deteriorated roofing materials: Poor gutter installation or maintenance can lead to deteriorated roofing materials.
Water damage: Poor gutter installation or maintenance can lead to water damage, which can lead to other major problems such a mildew/mould & structural integrity.
It’s important to regularly clean your gutters out to avoid these issues.
If you need assistance with your gutters, you can always seek the services of a qualified roof plumber, not only to give them a good clean, but also assess them for any damage, deterioration or blockages whilst they are up there and provide a maintenance plan for you!