Why Gutter maintenance is so important

So often, we forget that maintaining our gutters is one of the most effective ways to protect the integrity of our roofs. Gutters that are blocked, filled with debris or cracked can cause considerable damage to our roof over time.

Pooling water can erode the structural integrity of a building, meaning damp patches can begin to appear on ceilings ruining paintwork. Worse still, seeping water can damage electric systems within the property. Even the smallest hole that water is allowed to go through will eventually get bigger. These larger holes can even encourage pest species like rats to enter the property.

Furthermore, suppose water leaks down the side of your gutter over time. In that case, this water can harm the surrounding earth and the property's foundation. In this blog, we want to take some time to discuss the many advantages of getting your gutters cleaned regularly.


Gutter Cleaning


Sometimes we forget about gutters because, fundamentally, they carry out a straightforward job. Gutters collect rainwater from your roof and send it down a drain. It may not seem like much, but even an average-sized house will collect thousands of gallons of water every year, which needs to be properly disposed of. Therefore the most obvious reason to keep your gutters clear and functional is the effect of pooling water around your property. Pools of water and puddles can form when the gutters are clogged, and water pours off the side. This can choke and destroy a garden and leave an unpleasant aesthetic around a property. As mentioned, over time, this water can penetrate deep into the ground. Excessive moisture can ruin a property's foundation.


Immediate effects of Clogged Gutters


It may take a very long time for your foundations to become affected by clogged gutters; numerous immediate problems happen when gutters are not maintained. First and foremost, wood rot can occur when there's an excessive presence of water. Wood rot can affect the structural integrity of your roof and any surrounding fixtures.


Also, gutters that are clogged with debris and water will be heavy. Gutters are not designed to carry this weight and will begin to sag and break.


As we mentioned a little bit earlier, too much water will encourage the formation of holes and cracks. When this happens, pest species have easy access to your property. Pest species like rats can destroy your electrics and seriously harm human health.


Finally, another problem you will see when a gutter is not maintained is the growth of algae, mould and moss. This looks terrible. But mould is also detrimental to human health. At the same time, moss can destroy the shillings and tiles on the roof.


Dublin Gutter Maintenance


Luckily all these negative effects can be negated with regular Dublin gutter maintenance. Profix roofing offers excellent value gutter repair, maintenance and even gutter replacement. For a free, no-obligation quote, please contact her Dublin-based offices today.


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