Gutters and downpipes should be in good working condition at all times to effectively drain water away from your home. With good working gutters and downpipes the foundations of a home can be effectively protected from drainage issues, water flowing into the eaves and footing damage.
Blocked gutters can interrupt the water flow which may cause water ponding in the gutters and the gutters then rusting or water can flow in the eaves of your home causing damp issues and water damage. Gutters should be regularly cleared of all leaves and debris. This can be a dangerous and time consuming job to clear all the gutters in your home. Many gutters can be hard to reach and access, this is why it is recommended that you contract a professional who has the correct equipment for the job.
Downpipes should be well connected to stormwater dispersal systems in order to effectively drain water away from the foundations of your home. Water ponding around your home can lead to serious issues and good maintenance of gutters and downpipes can eliminate these problems. A drainage specialist should be consulted to ensure that downpipe connections are secure and effective.
If you are selling your home it is advisable to clear all gutters around your home. Not only will this make your home look more presentable but it will be one less defect that a building inspector may report on when a Purchaser has an inspection carried out on your home.
When you have purchased a new home it is important to clear gutters if they have any leaves or debris as this is the only way to truly assess the condition of the gutters. If rust is detected after clearing the gutters then maintenance should be carried out to repair the gutters before leaks occur. If it has been reported in your building inspection report that gutters or downpipes require repair or replacement then it is advisable that several quotes be obtained to repair these defects as soon as possible to avoid extensive damage being caused by these issues.
Property Care Connect can connect you with Gutter and downpipe specialists that service your area.