Poor roof maintenance is proven to be a major contributing factor to rust, water, pest and fire risks in Australian households. We protect our family but rarely consider the risk of having a build up of debris on our roof. If it is an investment, are you putting your future wealth at risk?
The problem is that you cannot see the damage being done until it is too late. By this time simply cleaning the roof will not do. You can up for $10,000 plus in damages.
Your gutters are part of your roofing system, if this one aspect does not Work the way it should, all other areas suffer. It is the same as having a clogged artery that damages the entire body.
Call us now to find out if you have a risk to your house on 1300 654 253 or visit our website www.guttervac.com.au
Simply brilliant. I’d cleaned some of my gutters, but couldn’t reach others. Gutter-Vac was happy to be flexible and only do what needed doing. Quotation for the job was hassle free. Received great advice. Service was prompt and also hassle free. Customer service and final report – top job! If only every service could be like this. Thanks!
With gutters up high and hard to see, it can be difficult to know if it’s time to clean them. Here are our Top 5 Tell-tale Signs that your gutters need cleaning – right now!
You’ve spotted plants growing in your gutters
If your gutters have plants growing in them, it means they are in desperate need of a clean. Not only are gutter growths unattractive, their weight can cause irreparable damage, ultimately shortening the life of your gutters.
Your gutters overflow when it rains
If your gutters overflow when it rains, it means rain water can’t drain away and that’s a sure sign your gutters are blocked. Water spilling over the sides of your gutters can cause damage to your ceiling cavity, internal walls and the electricals of your home. So if you see your gutters overflowing when it rains, get them professionally cleaned before you have even bigger problems to fix.
Unwanted visitors are living in your gutters
Over time, dirt and sludge build-up in your gutters, attracting insects like mosquitoes, cockroaches and beetles. In turn, they can attract other pests – even snakes. If you spot bugs, birds or other animals hanging around your gutters, it’s a good indication your gutters need professional cleaning.
If it looks like your gutters are drooping, it means your gutters are in urgent need of a thorough clean. Gutters that are full of debris for an extended amount of time twist and bend under the weight. If your gutters are sagging, it’s important to book a professional gutter clean before you have bigger gutter problems.
You don’t remember the last time your gutters were cleaned
If you can’t remember the last time your gutters were cleaned, chances are they need a clean. Just give us a call. We’ll pop over to assess the situation and give you a free quote. We’ll even take photos so you can see for yourself what’s happening up there.
To get in touch with the gutter cleaning experts on the Northern Beaches and Upper North Shore, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253 for a free, no obligation quote.
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While most people love to hear birds chirping, it can be a little annoying when the symphony begins at the crack of dawn – making a weekend sleep in impossible. It’s even worse when birds are nesting in your roof as baby birds are particularly noisy.
But nesting birds aren’t just inconvenient.
The nesting material becomes a fire hazard, while birds bring lice and mites into your roof cavity to create a potential pest problem.
We can provide the solution with a gutter guard system that prevents birds from entering the roof at the gutter line.
Bird proofing is also a good idea if you have solar panels. It’s common to find birds and possums nesting under them. Again, this creates a potential fire hazard, an increase in vermin and possible damage to your solar panel hardware.
If you look after your roof, your roof will look after your home.
To prevent problems with birds, possums, lice, mites and possible fire hazards in your roof, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches on 1300 654 253 for a free, no obligation quote.
If you believe your gutters don’t need cleaning because there are no trees near your home, think again!
Wind carries debris such as leaves, sand, dust and dirt.
Birds drop seeds and your gutters provide the perfect growing environment for weeds, grass and other vegetation.
As you can see in the picture below, there’s quite a garden growing in this home owner’s gutters and they had no idea … until it rained.
While the property has trees nearby, there are none close to the house so the owners of this Killarney Heights property thought they were fine. But in this house these self-planted seedlings and the dirt/sand mixture they are growing in, were blown into their gutter by the wind.
When gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, leaves, twigs, dust and sludge build up. Eventually, this debris will prevent your gutter system from doing its job. Even worse, when rainwater can’t escape through your gutter system, it will find other ways to escape – like into your roof cavity – or it pools and causes your gutters to overflow and rust.
Water leaking into your roof cavity can cause thousands of dollars of damage. In a business property, depending on where the leak occurs, any stock or equipment that’s damaged will need to be replaced. The combined cost of stock or equipment replacement and building repairs can quickly escalate which may not be covered by your insurance policy. But all of these problems can be prevented with a regular roof and gutter clean.
A commercial property in Mona Vale was having issues with water ingress in the back corner of the property with the gutters overflowing with debris. In heavy downpours the gutter system couldn’t handle the large amount of rainwater. As a result, the water pooled and then dispersed into the roof cavity or overflowed the guttering to run down the side of the building.
It’s an amazing experience every time we get on a roof to complete a gutter clean – especially at locations like Bilgola Plateau where we look out at exceptional views like this one.
This Bilgola Plateau property requires an annual gutter clean. Maintaining the yearly cleaning schedule will prolong the life of this property’s gutters and therefore delay the cost of gutter replacement for the owner. That’s because our regular gutter clean includes vacuum cleaning any debris such as leaves and twigs, as well as the removal of corrosive sludge.
This property also has a number of solar panels so while we are on the roof, we check to see if the solar panels need cleaning as well.
Like your gutters, solar panels experience build-up of grime, dust and other materials. This creates a film over the panels – impacting their efficiency by as much as 40%.
When combining a gutter clean with a solar panel clean, we offer a reduced rate per solar panel.
But we don’t just limit our solar panel inspection to cleaning. We also check if the panels are cracked or broken. If we see anything of concern, we’ll bring it to your attention.
Few people like cleaning out their gutters so the idea of installing a gutter guard system sounds like an attractive option. But there are 4 things you need to consider first.
Even with a gutter protection system, your gutters will still require cleaning!
All gutters need regular cleaning – even after a gutter guard system is installed. In fact, many gutter protection systems make it harder to clean your gutters so be careful about the product you choose.
The cost of installation.
A fixed gutter guard system is usually the most expensive option to install. You could consider using a soft plastic gutter guard product. They are inexpensive but they are a waste of time and money.
However, there is a gutter protection product on the market called Gutter Flow. It works very well and is a moderately priced alternative to a fixed gutter guard system. Get in touch with us, if you’d like more information.
The cost of cleaning your gutters after installation of a gutter guard product.
Before committing to any gutter protection system, do your research to discover how much it will cost to clean your gutters in the future. Usually fixed gutter guard products cost around 4 times more than gutter cleaning with no protection, while push in plastic guards can cost 2½ times more to clean.
With a gutter protection system called Gutter Flow, the cost to clean your gutters is about the same as cleaning them without protection. The benefit is, you don’t need to clean your gutters as often with Gutter Flow installed.
All gutter protection systems must comply with Council Regulations.
Are you required to install ember guards in your area? Ember guards need to be non-combustible with a hole gauge of less than 2mm. None of this will matter if you still have debris sitting on top of the ember guard. Again, that’s why regular gutter cleaning is so important.
Please remember, whatever gutter protection system you use, you will need to clean your gutters on a regular basis because mud, sludge and moss will always build up over time.
We understand it’s hard to know what’s happening on your roof without getting up there. That’s why we inspect and report on each customer’s roof while we’re cleaning their gutters.
Recently, one of our customers experienced the benefits of our complementary Roof and Gutter Report when we found the roof valley flashing had slipped into their gutter.
Roof valleys are the V-shapes on roofs where the roof line changes direction. Flashing is installed in the roof valleys to prevent water entering the roof cavity. Not only had the slipped flashing left a gap in the roof, it had become a blockage point in the gutter. Both problems would lead to water damage as soon as it rained!
The slipped flashing happened at a rental property. Using our report, the property manager was able to instruct a roofing plumber so the problem could be fixed.
Whenever we complete a gutter clean, we provide a Roof and Gutter Report for our customers. If there is an issue that requires further investigation or work, the Report will advise you.
We also provide a Before and After Photo Report. It’s your guarantee that we have done a great job. It’s also a valuable tool if you need to make an insurance claim as it creates a file of evidence to prove you regularly maintain your property.
Regular gutter cleaning with Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches is more than just a gutter clean. It’s a safe-guard that ensures your roof and gutters remain in good shape.
Today we were cleaning gutters in Killarney Heights but before we could start, we needed to prune the trees that were overhanging the gutters.
That’s right! As an additional service, Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches can also prune back any overhanging branches or trees to prevent blockages and keep your gutters flowing with water.
In particular, vines can quickly cause damage to your home as they will use the water supply in your gutters to spread their root system throughout your gutters and under the eaves.
When Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches clean your gutters, we remove all the debris from the roof and gutters with our specialised vacuum system. This ensures your gutters are clean and ready to maintain water flow into your downpipes next time it rains.
As part of the Gutter–Vac service, we remove all the debris and branches from your property.
Our customers in Killarney Heights were very pleased they didn’t have to deal with any mess or lopped branches.
For clean gutters with extra care and service, call Gutter-Vac Upper North Shore & Northern Beaches today on 1300 654 253.
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