After heavy rain the last thing any home owner wants to experience is to have to spend a lot of money replacing damaged plaster and paint work on the inside of their home or repair roof tiles.
However, it is possible to save yourself a considerable amount of money simple by understanding the need for regular gutter cleaning.
Most property owners view their roof drainage system as “out of sigh, out of mind” but cleaning the gutters at the top of your home is a vital part of any home maintenance here in Vancouver, BC, Canada and should never be avoided.
Many years ago, homes and building were not fitted with gutters, and architects and old time engineers never considered that an effective gutters system was important.
Roof top drainage was usually achieved by homes and buildings being constructed with very steep and large over hanging roofs that where constructed in such a way that water was channeled into a specially designed gathering area which was then used for washing and drinking.
But now the standard for modern constructions all over the world is an efficient roof drainage system – which clearly makes good sense. When we have a heavy down pour or storm, the water is effectively channeled of the roof, into a practical drainage system and routed away from our valuable homes.
All gutter systems are fitted with downspouts – usually located at each corner of our property to ensue water is carried away quickly and with minimum risk of overflowing.
There are many environmentalists that prefer having gutter systems that lead directly into a specially designed catchment containers where the water is then stored for later use in the dry months. Separate water catchments systems are not only considered environmental friendly but can also have significant savings on household water bills- if your home has a water meter.
But, irrespective of whether the water is stored for later use or led away by a regional or national underground drainage system, having clogged gutters can be a very expensive affair. Water from your roof is unable to escape through the nearest downpipe then they will eventually overflow and the water will come rushing down your exterior walls, then it’s is only a mater of time before it starts to permeate through your outside walls and through to the interior of your property.
As internal damp and wet patches start to manifest within the inside of your home paintwork and decorations will rapidly start to break down and become strained.
Flash floods can happen with very little notice and if your gutter system is blocked rain water can also penetrate through your roof tiles, and into the attic area of your home then down onto your inside ceilings. Apart from the financial costs to replace broken roof tiles internal plaster and paint work on your ceilings will be come damaged.
Whether you get your gutters attended to by a commercial gutter cleaning company or you decide to do them yourself, in the long term it can only help you avert an expensive disaster buy possibly saving you a lot of unnecessary repair work.
All property experts agree that you should get your home gutters checked at least once or twice a year, to stop roof moss, twigs from trees, dead leaves, dead birds and even children’s toys from blocking your gutters. And you can use a removal service like Montgomery County Dumpster Rental that I use here, or if you’re lucky enough to have a small yard you can always just compost them and be even more eco-friendly.
So the next time you see your gutter system overflowing, take immediate action, and have them checked by a competent gutter cleaning company before the internal damage to your home turns into expense that could have easily been avoided.