Cleaning your gutters is one of the most important home maintenance jobs you need to regularly do. Yes it’s difficult, yes it can in some cases be dangerous, but yes it is most definitely essential. Why? Let me explain.
Gutters have a very important roll on your roof, they carry water to the nearest drainage point, called downpipes. Leaf filled gutters, in a heavy down pouring of rain, can prevent the rain water from flowing freely and cause the rain water to back up, and run under the roof, where it can either sit in the insulation, and dampen the ceiling, or it will run through the ceiling and down the walls. Yes it is that serious!
Water can be extremely damaging to your home, in severe situations it can damage your home straight away, in less severe situations, it can damage your home over time.
Leaving the leaves in your gutter, will void any warranties should this happen to your home, in some cases it may even prevent a successful insurance claim. It is most important not to wait until you see your gutters are not draining properly before cleaning them, it is essential to be cleaning them on a regular basis.
If you are physically unable to clean your gutters, there are many handyman type people who will clean them for a reasonable price, alternatively, think of installing one of the many varieties of gutter guard. Though the gutter guard is a more expensive option initially, the pay off long term is far more favourable than having rain water running into your home.
Regardless of how you choose to protect your gutters from a build up of leaf debris, it is imperative to keep them free of congestion.
When did you last clean your gutters?