Living in a rural area of Tasmania comes with its unique charm and advantages. One of the common features of rural homes is the reliance on water tanks for a sustainable water supply. However, maintaining a clean and efficient water system requires homeowners to pay special attention to their gutters.
What goes into keeping an efficient and sustainable water system?
Protection of water quality
Water tanks are a valuable resource for rural homeowners, providing them with a self-sustaining water supply. However, if gutters are not properly cleaned, debris such as leaves, twigs and dirt can accumulate and find their way into the water tanks. This can lead to contamination and compromise the quality of the water. Debris sitting in the gutter can contaminate the water before it even reaches the tank. Regular gutter cleaning helps to mitigate these risks.
Gutters play a crucial role in directing rainwater away from the roof and foundation of the home. When gutters become clogged with debris, they can no longer perform this function effectively. This can result in water overflow, leading to potential damage to the roof, walls and even the foundation. By keeping gutters clean, homeowners can prevent blockages, avoid costly repairs in the long run and put more water into the tanks, as the gutters are doing the job they were intended for.
Minimising fire hazards
Living in a rural area means being more susceptible to bushfires. Cleaning gutters is an essential step in reducing the risk of fire hazards. Dry leaves and debris in clogged gutters can easily catch fire, potentially spreading to the roof and other parts of the house. Regular maintenance can help to eliminate this hazard.
Extending the lifespan of gutters
Gutters are designed to protect the structure of a home from water damage. However, when gutters are neglected and left uncleaned, they become prone to rust, corrosion, and other forms of damage. This can significantly reduce their lifespan which could lead to costly repairs or replacement.
Prompting sustainable water collection
Water conservation is crucial in rural areas, where water resources may be limited. Clean gutters allow rainwater to flow freely into the water tanks, maximising the collection of this valuable resource. By ensuring gutters are free from debris, homeowners can optimise their water collection efforts and reduce their reliance on other water sources.
Above is a growth in a water tank opening in 2022. Below is the same water tank a year later in 2023.
For homeowners in Tasmania who rely on water tanks, regular gutter cleaning is a vital task that should not be overlooked. If you are unsure about cleaning gutters yourself, we service Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and the surrounding areas of these major cities. Give Gutter-Vac Northern & Southern Tasmania a call on 1300 654 253 or click here to get a free quote. We look forward to hearing from you!