5 signs you should have your gutters cleaned

A well-maintained gutter will protect your property from becoming damaged by the rain by safely channelling water away from the building.

Your property’s gutters provide vital protection from rain damage but are only effective when well maintained.

All gutters will collect debris like leaves and twigs over time and it is essential that this debris is cleared on a regular basis.

A clogged gutter is quick and simple to fix so may not sound like a serious problem, but if left it can cause serious and expensive damage to your property.

Here are just a few of the problems that can be caused by clogged gutters:

  • Structural damage.
  • Internal leaks.
  • Damp, mould or rot.
  • Basement flooding.
  • Foundation damage.

Having your property’s gutters cleaned regularly is a simple and affordable maintenance task that can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run.

Whether or not you already hire a professional to maintain your guttering, you should know what the tell-tale signs are that your gutters need cleaning.

Here are the five commonest signs that your gutters could be blocked and require immediate attention.

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Why Gutter Cleaning is Important During Autumn

Autumn is the most picturesque time of year. The trees all begin to go brown, and their crunchy leaves fall and litter the streets. But this can affect your gutters; if you live in an area with a lot of surrounding trees, then they could collect in your gutters and cause problems for your property.

Cleaning Your Gutters

The gutter system in your property forms a key part in ensuring that your property can adequately dispose of all rainwater. In dry weather, a few leaves in your gutter won’t be a huge problem, however, if it rains, they can become heavy and prevent excess rain from draining properly. This can lead to overflowing and even cause structural damage to your property such as: walls, soffits, fascia, siding, basement, and even your foundation. If your property suffers water damage due to lack of gutter maintenance, your insurance company may hold you at fault, so if you fail to maintain your gutters the consequences may be detrimental.

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