Nature has a way of finding its place in unexpected locations. An example of this is the growth of plants on buildings and gutter lines. While it may seem harmless or even aesthetically pleasing, the presence of these plants can pose significant damage to the structure they inhabit. Let’s talk about the potential hazards this can cause and what you can do to prevent such harm.
Plants have an incredible ability to adapt and find their way into the tiniest crevices. Unfortunately, this adaptability can result in significant structural damage to your buildings. As plants grow, their roots can penetrate cracks in walls, causing them to expand over time. Not to mention the weight that plants hold, putting extra stress on the foundation. This can weaken the structural integrity of the building which may lead to costly repairs.
Plant growth on the exterior of buildings can also cause damage to the fascia and other surfaces. As vines or ivy cling to walls, they can create small cracks or loosen the mortar in between bricks. Over time, this can lead to moisture seeping into the building, causing mould and mildew growth.
Plants growing in the gutter lines can lead to a host of problems. Leaves, twigs and other debris from the plants can accumulate in the gutters, blocking the flow of water. This can result in overflowing gutters, which can damage the roof, fascia, and even the foundation of the building. Moreover, clogged gutters can create breeding grounds for pests and insects, leading to further complications. In some cases, when there is overgrowth of plants, it makes access to gutters difficult resulting in the inability to be able to clean them.
Dry plant material, such as dead leaves or branches, can pose a significant fire hazard when they accumulate on buildings. If a fire were to occur nearby, these plants could easily catch alight and spread the fire to the building, thus increasing the risk of property damage as well as endangering lives.
Have a look at the damage the ivy is doing to this building. We spent the day removing the growth from the gutter line.
Now you know the risks involved, let’s discuss how you might mitigate the potential damages.
Conduct routine inspections to identify any signs of plant growth on buildings or gutter lines. Promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.
Pruning and Trimming
Regularly prune and trim any plants growing near the building and gutter lines to prevent them from attaching to any surfaces or obstructing gutters.
Cleaning Gutters and Downpipes
Clean your gutters and downpipes regularly to prevent accumulation of debris to ensure proper water flow.
Plants can bring life and beauty to our surroundings, but when they grow on buildings and gutter lines, they can impose a significant threat. By implementing preventative measures and practising regular maintenance, you can protect your building and still have a lovely garden.
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