Why Cleaning your Gutters can Save your Roof and More

April 30, 2014

Cleaning out gutters may seem like a tedious chore, but not cleaning them when needed can cause a lot of damage to your home. Not only can clogged gutters play havoc on your roof, but it may produce issues with your foundation, damage structural walls or furniture and cost a lot of money in repairs that could have been avoided.

Clean gutters provide your home with numerous benefits such as:

  • Prevents topsoil erosion
  • Prevent fascia boards from rotting
  • Helps reduce the amount of dirt that splashes against the exterior walls
  • Stop water from coming into a home through the roof, windows and doors
  • Reduces the amount of water entering the soil that borders the foundation

Securing your Foundation

Gutters are designed to channel water off the roof and away from a home’s foundation. When a gutter is blocked, the water pours over the sides then creates a pool around the foundation. Over a period of time, the water may cause the foundation to crack. On a worst case scenario, cracks in the foundation may result in a house collapsing.

Cracks in the foundation are not easy to fix and can be quite expensive. Not only does a crack weaken the foundations structure but it invites mold, mildew and pests such as termites.

Preventing Damage to Wood

The fascia boards are what secure the gutter system in place. Generally, the fascia boards are made of wood. When gutters are clogged they fill with water and start to damage the fascia boards. The excess water can cause rot, mold and deterioration. As well, the sides of most homes are also made of wood. If a gutter is blocked, water can run down the sides of a home and cause unnecessary damage.

Avoiding Landscape Loss

A nicely landscaped home greatly increases its value. To accent a home architecture, plants surround the base. When gutters are clogged it redirects the current of water and flows over the sides. Oftentimes the overflow will land in flower beds, around shrubs and small trees. More times than not, the excess water will oversaturate and destroy a plant.

Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning your gutters when needed avoids costly repairs that can be caused from flooding or other issues. It helps prevent damage to your home or the surrounding landscape. It is a lot less expensive to have your gutters cleaned as opposed to replacing the whole gutter system or your foundation.

Cleaning your gutters can be time intense and a definite physical challenge. It also requires a long ladder, agility and good balance. If you are limited on time or really are not up to the task, you can always hire a skilled gutter cleaning. An experienced professional has up-to-the-minute equipment that gets the job done professionally and quickly.

Apex Vacuum Gutter Cleaning
Diamond Creek, Victoria, 3089

Alasdair Collis
Ph: 0410 614 924
Fax: 03 9438 2743

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