Tackling unexpected gutter blockages: The case of the root-filled gutter

Hobart Gutter Cleaning

At Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania, we often encounter a variety of challenges when it comes to keeping gutters clean and functional. Recently, we faced an unusual yet significant obstacle at a property, where a large section of the gutter was filled solid with the root system of this plant. This case serves as a perfect example of why regular gutter maintenance is essential and how our team is prepared to handle even the most unexpected situations.

The situation

During a routine gutter clean at one of our Launceston homes, we discovered a substantial root system growing and blogging the gutters. With the other trees growing in the vicinity of the gutter line, this blockage posed a potential risk of damage to the roof cavity and gutters if not removed promptly.

Our approach

  1. Assessment and safety precautions: Our first step was to assess the situation thoroughly. We ensured the area was safe to work in and took necessary precautions to prevent any further damage to the property or risk to our team.
  2. Efficient removal: Using specialised tools, we carefully removed the root section from the gutter. When these root systems take hold in the gutter, it can be a time-consuming task to remove them without damaging the gutter.
  3. Gutter cleaning: Once the root and plant were removed, we proceeded with a comprehensive cleaning of the gutters. Our vacuum gutter cleaning system was particularly effective in clearing out the remaining debris, ensuring the gutters were free-flowing and functional.
  4. Inspection and maintenance: After the cleaning, we inspected the entire gutter system to ensure there were no residual blockages or damage. We also checked the downpipes and surrounding areas to guarantee that water would flow freely during the next rainfall.

The importance of regular maintenance

This incident highlights the importance of regular gutter maintenance. Without routine checks, the plant would have blended in with the tree foliage and the root system would become more compact. This could lead to severe blockages, potential water damage to the property and possible sagging of the gutter due to the weight of the root system. Regular maintenance allows us to identify and address such issues promptly, protecting your home from unforeseen problems.


Unexpected obstacles found on the roof or in the gutters can pose significant challenges to maintaining a clean and efficient gutter system. At Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania, we are equipped and ready to handle such situations, ensuring your property remains protected year-round.

Keep your gutters clear and your home safe with our expert services. Reach out to us today to schedule your gutter maintenance and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is protected.

Contact Gutter-Vac Northern and Southern Tasmania and get a quote today.

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