Depending on where you live in Tasmania, there are lots of reasons on why you’d want to get your gutters cleaned.
If you live in a leafy area, the obvious thing is that leaves and debris fall on your roof, go into your gutters and can go down your downpipes, get blocked, block your stormwater lines, prevent your water getting down to the street which can create some very expensive problems.
Then of course your gutters can overflow. Depending on the design of the house, if they overflow, they can overflow back into the building and create structural problems. So that is one source of a problem.
I can assure you there are a dozen different problems.
If you have rainwater tanks, they gather all the debris that is in the gutters. You don’t want that debris in your drinking water!
In dry environments, the gutters have dry leaves. They become the catching point between the flying embers and your house in bush fires. It is quite commonly known that a lot of houses burn down simply because of the embers that fly from fires which might be a kilometre away or even more. So keeping your gutters cleaned, particularly in fire environments is very important.
There are a raft of reasons why you’d want to keep your gutters cleaned in Tasmania.
- Rust being one reason. The dirt and the dust settles in the bottom of your gutter, causing your gutters to rust. Even with colour bonded gutters, at the joins they will corrode. It is very important to note that the debris becomes very corrosive material. (Find out why we use a vacuum system to clean your gutters)
- If you live in high traffic areas or high traffic roads, the material that settles on your roof will actually be acid rain and it will be very corrosive. Most roofs and gutters near major highways will only last for maybe a decade at the most. They will rust out.
- Because people don’t have trees they think they don’t need to clean their gutters, but this debris in the gutters is this corrosive material. Cleaning your gutters if your building is next to a manufacturing plant or a highway is just as important as in a domestic, tree filled area.
So there are hundreds of reasons why you should maintain your gutters here in Tasmania.
For the environment, cleaning your gutters is a good idea. The material in your gutters is very nutrient rich and can be damaging to our creeks, rivers and waterways. Before we had storm water regulations, your downpipes just let the water onto the ground. But now they all go into storm water drains and the water goes through to the waterways and there is nothing you can do about this material getting to the waterways except for cleaning your gutters.
Do the right thing for our Tasmanian environment, clean your gutters regularly.
If you need your gutters cleaned, then give Gutter-Vac Tasmania a call on 1300 654 253.