Blocked Gutters Could Be Causing a Health Risk Without You Knowing!

Full gutters and blocked down pipes can allow water and dampness to enter the roof cavity.

Mould loves dark, damp areas to grow its toxic spores. Your roof cavity is the perfect place. It can expand across the ceiling and down the walls if left to its own devices.

The most infamous mould that grows on water damaged materials is called “black mould” (stachybotrys chartarum).

These toxic spores are a health risk and it is important to know that mould is air borne, and breathing in mould spawn can bring on conditions such as asthma, sinus issues, respiratory problems and even depression, just to mention a few.

There are times when you can’t see mould but you can smell that musty, damp smell. This is a time to act.

What can you do?

Make sure your gutters are clean of debris.

Have adequate heating in your home and in the colder climates, like Hobart, use insulation. This will reduce condensation and humidity levels in the home.

Make sure your vents under the house are not blocked by gardens or other materials that might be placed over them. Having ventilation under the house will alleviate the dampness.

Wet areas, such as bathrooms, kitchens and laundries should have appropriate appliances installed to ventilate these areas and reduce the risk of moisture.

It is also important to make sure there is no moisture leaking into the roof cavity from holes, screws, skylights, or any other structure fitted to your roof.

Gutter-Vac Tasmania can help its Hobart customers with gutter cleaning and roof inspections. We provide roof reports free of charge with every gutter clean.

Call today and be proactive against mould in your home. Ph:1300 654 253

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