Why Is Everyone Talking About Gutter Maintenance During Spring?


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With only a few weeks remaining to enjoy the attractions of spring in Australia, it is never wrong to catch up with your springtime cleaning.

You maybe halfway in preparing your home for the heat and rainstorms that come along with the summer season. As spring ends, you may find dried leaves and twigs that have already clogged your gutter. If you have not included checking your gutters on your priority list, it is high time to put this into consideration.

Gutters prevent rainwater from seeping through the foundation of your property, creating moisture damage in the process and eroding your carefully landscaped yard. With gutters, the rainwater are properly channeled to drains leading onto the streets or mains.

Here's some guttering tips and advice you should look into this weekend.

How often should I clean my gutters?

Gutters require periodic cleaning and maintenance in order for these to last and slow down wear and tear. Experts advise to conduct gutter maintenance and repair at least twice a year. The ideal time would be around the start of Spring and early fall to prepare your home for the extreme weather conditions that happen during Summer and Winter. 

For homes with trees at the nearby surrounding, gutters should be checked every 3 months, to remove blockage  like fallen leaves and other debris.

How can I tell if my gutters need to be fixed?

When inspecting your gutter, you might find obstructions that are not easily removed through basic cleaning.  These are some tell-tale signs that you have to call in plumbing professionals if you find one or two of the following:

  • Animals such as birds are making their nest in your gutter
  • Wild plants and weeds are taking roots
  • A spill or leak during rainy days
  • Glaring and obvious cracks in the corners and joints
  • Saggy gutters with visible holes

How long will new gutters last?

The lifespan of gutters used in homes largely depends on the location’s weather conditions, the materials the gutter are made of, the consistency of maintenance and other factors. If properly installed and maintained, aluminum  and galvanised steel gutters could last up to two decades on an average, while zinc or colorbonds could last for a few years in a beachside home.

What happens if your gutter are not properly taken care of?

Gutters should be maintained in order to protect your home and keep your family safe on harsh weather conditions.  During winter,  you may experience flooding going inside the house and see mold and damage to your footings and foundations. If water flows beneath your house due to a broken pipe, it will create dampness which makes an ideal environment for pests to thrive like white ants.

On the other hand, a hot dry summer can expand your roof, making it easier for a defective gutter to loosen from the hangers. If a slight problem in your gutter is not prevented early, it would cost you a lot more so everyone is highly encouraged to have a routine gutter maintenance.

Why do I need a gutter guard?

A gutter guard frees the gutters from debris and clog that come from the changing of seasons. It is a simple and cost-effective way to protect your gutters from overflow and damage. It reduces maintenance woes and make gutter cleaning stress-free. If you are considering on installing a gutter guard, our friendly technicians can help guide you in choosing the right gutter guard that will work with your gutter type. Give us a call to learn about the debris load of trusted products in the market.

Joe Evers

Joe Evers

Joe is the director of the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor. He has committed the past 23 years to the plumbing and electrical industry. From his humble beginnings as an apprentice to now being a respected tradesman with his own sphere of influence, he aims to support the industry and the people involved in it.Joe and his young family have so much to be grateful for and appreciate everything that the industry and the customers have given him.
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