Why Your Gutters Are Important
Your gutters are a necessary part of your building that helps guide the rainwater
away reducing the risk of moisture and water damage to your property. They are the
open, horizontal metals (which can be made from aluminium or copper) that are
attached to the edge of your roof.
Consequences of having gutters in poor condition
Gutters are a simple but genius invention that prevents damage in the form of
moisture, mold, damp and water into your home. It directs that unwanted rainwater
back into the drainage system that would otherwise cause damage.
Poor maintenance or ignoring a broken, leaky or poorly installed gutter can have
negative consequences for your property. It could make your house unpleasant to
live in; it increases the chances of wood rotting or mold accumulating, it can lead to a
water overflow and your basement can flood.
All of these result in a horrid smell and appearance. The good news is that there are
tangible and practical steps that you can do to stop that happening.
What you can do to keep them in good condition
If your gutters become clogged or blocked from debris and dead leaves, then that
will block the water from flowing into the drainpipe. Performing regular checks on the
state of your gutters, particularly after it has rained will reduce the chances of a build-
up of fragments and leaves.
General maintenance is relatively easy and something a resident can simply do.
Read our article on how to clean your gutters here.
If your gutters aren’t effective in flowing the water into the drainpipe and they’re still
leaking and damaged, even after you’ve cleaned them, then it might be a sign that
they are in need of a replacement.
Gutters made of seamless copper and aluminium are highly recommended as they
have a generational life expectancy and are durable.
Gutters are an important part of your buildings structure and a line of defence
against water damage, mold and moisture. If ignored, they can deteriorate and
cause a lot of unnecessary headache and inconvenience in the future! You can take
practical steps today, to ensure that that doesn’t happen.
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