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Gutters & the Environment

Everything that goes down storm water drains ends up untreated in our rivers, lakes and the ocean. Pollutants in storm water are having a disastrous impact on all aquatic life, not only harming fish, plants and wildlife, but reducing the water quality for humans.  The rotting debris that fill your gutters are extremely high in nutrients.  While those nutrients are fantastic for your gardens, they aren’t fantastic for our creeks and rivers, in fact, they are a pollutant. 

If your gutters are full of debris when it rains 2 things can happen, the first is that your gutters & downpipes may get blocked and if that happens then there is a chance your ceiling will flood and property will get damaged.  If you are lucky and your gutters don’t block, then the nutrient rich waste that is sitting in your gutters will end up washing into the storm water and polluting our waterways.  

 

Waterway pollution

Gutter cleaning reduces the volume of chemicals entering our waterways. Rotting gutter debris is extremely high in nutrients that pollute rivers, lakes and oceans. Nutrient pollutants in storm water are having a disastrous impact on all aquatic life, not only harming fish, plants and wildlife, but reducing the water quality for humans.  

You can do your part by keeping your gutters clean.

 

Water tank contamination

Cleaning your gutters will reduce the amount of debris entering your water tank. Without clean gutters, all the water-born debris from your gutters will flow straight into your rainwater tank and contaminate your water supply.

In addition to cleaning your gutters to reduce water tank contamination, Gutter-Vac can also provide water tank cleaning services.