Posts Tagged "gutter"

What Clues Are There To Tell Your Gutters Are Blocked?

Most people don’t give their gutters more than a second thought; many don’t even give them a first thought. To most of us, gutters are just something that hangs on to the edge of the roof to direct water into the downpipe.

Which … is precisely what they are, of course. But most of us don’t understand why they are important.  They just move water from one place to the another. Big deal.

But it is a big deal when that process breaks down. Blocked gutters cause water to back up and spill over the gutter edges, and there are a couple things about water that makes it dangerous when it just sticks around.

Water is corrosive, and water is heavy. Water pooling on your roof causes rust and rot on your roof. The weight of water located in just one place causes stresses on your tiles. Both of these lead to roof leaks.

The weight of the water stuck in your gutters can cause your gutter to sag and break away from the roof, and the corrosive affects of water can be felt also when the water overflowing from your gutters pools at your foundations. Erosion of the land around your foundations could cause your foundation to shift, leaving behind large cracks.

So with all these big consequences of blocked gutters, how can we know whether our gutters are blocked without resorting to a ladder, a drone, or Google Map’s satellite view?

Are your gutters overflowing?

This seems a slap-the-forehead statement. Of course, the gutters might be blocked if the water is overflowing, but we’re not just talking about overflowing during big rain events, but during normal showers.

Sagging gutters.

We kind of spoiled our reveal of this tip earlier, but, yes, due to the weight of the water sitting in one place, it might cause the gutter to sag away from the roof. Gutters aren’t designed to support heavy weights for long periods of time; they are meant to move water from one place to another.

How popular are your gutters?

We’re not talking about the local cool kids here, we’re talking about how popular your gutters are to the local animal, insect and bird-life. Little rodents love the warm and safe confines of a blocked gutter to keep them hiding from predators.

Birds who are nesting see your blocked gutters as their local IKEA; they will take sticks and twigs and other vegetation back to their nests and come back again and again.

And then there are mosquitoes who just love standing pools of water as a breeding place.

Can you see plants growing from your gutters?

In primary school we were taught that plants need soil, water and sun to survive. For gutters, the sun will always be a factor, but soil and water will only exist if your gutters are blocked. So, if you see plants growing from your gutters, there has to be enough soil and water in your gutters to keep them sustained.

All it requires is for someone to come and clean your gutters of all this mess. While you could do it yourself, we would recommend you bringing in expert gutter cleaners in to do the job.

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Can Your Gutters Increase Your Property Value?

The quick and confusing answer to this question is ‘no, but also very much yes’.

For those of you still reading this blog entry who don’t have a migraine, let’s try to unpack that statement. Can your gutters increase your property value?

Having Good Gutters Is Expected When Selling Your House

Here is why the answer could be ‘no’. There are certain things potential buyers expect from a home when they are inspecting it, and gutters in good proper working condition is one of them. Real Estate ads rarely ever said, ‘ Beautiful home, 4 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, large backyard, 2 car garage, and gutters that work’.

It’s expected.  You don’t go up to prospective buyers at an open house and say, ‘Hey, the gutters work properly, do you want to give me 10K more for the house?’ No, because having good gutters is expected for the house, in the same way a front door that locks is expected and a roof that stays on, is expected.

But here comes that all important ‘but’ …

Having Broken Gutters WILL Lower the Value of Your House

If your gutters don’t work, that could be a costly problem that you are trying to offload to a potential home buyer. Gutters are designed to get water off the roof of your house and down into the drainage system. If the gutters aren’t working properly, that water is not going where it is supposed to go.

Water can be destructive. Just ask the Grand Canyon. Over time, a block gutter can cause water to back up and pool over, both on to your roof, or down the side of your house to the foundation below.

Neither option is a good option.

It might seem strange to say, but water is bad for the surface of your roof. That’s why they are often slanted … to get the water off. Standing pools of water on your roof surface can, over time, cause your roof to rot in places, causing leaks to form and requiring expensive roof repair or roof restoration jobs to fix.

And water pouring down your walls and pooling at your foundations is also bad. The water can cause erosion to occur at your home’s foundations, will might cause the weakened foundation to subside, causing cracks to form. This is also an expensive thing to get fixed.

Final Verdict

So, that’s how we came to the final verdict.

No – having good gutters will not increase the sale price of your house, because they are things that every house buyers expects. They are not an optional extra, or a selling point, like a pool in the backyard,  air conditioning in all rooms of the house.

However, the answer is also ‘very much yes’, in the sense that having broken gutters will decrease the value of your house drastically. One good way of ensuring that your gutters are in good nick, is to bring in professional gutter cleaners like the professional gutter cleaners in Brisbane to clean your blocked up gutters. It is far less expensive to do that than do nothing and then need a roof restoration or replacement job.

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