Monday, December 9, 2013

Are your gutters clear?

It’s a good idea to check.  From the ground you can tell if they need clearing if you can see grass or other vegetation growing in them.  Also, if it is raining and water is coming off the edge of the gutter in a waterfall, get them cleared out immediately.  

What’s the harm if they are not clear?   Blocked gutters can allow water to flow under the roof and get into ceiling spaces and wall cavities, rotting framing and wall linings, causing mould and mildew, and other unpleasant and expensive side effects.  Water sheeting off the side of the roof can also undermine your foundation, causing cracks, subsidence, and other issues.  Underpinning the foundation is very expensive, so avoid it by clearing gutters.  

If your roof is too tall for you to tackle, ask a plumber to do it for you.

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