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When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Gutters?

By Rick Schafer

The most commonly overlooked home maintenance job is regularly cleaning your gutters. Gutters are designed to be free-flowing, quickly taking rainwater from the roof of your home to storm water drains.

When your gutters are clogged, during heavy storms water can back up under your tiles or metal sheeting and flood your roof cavity, causing extensive damage to your plasterboard ceilings, light fittings and furniture.

Even in smaller storms, water can repeatedly seep under your roofline, rotting your buildings wooden fascias and beams.

However, clogged gutters can cause other problems. Water can pool in the clogged gutters, creating a safe breeding haven for mosquitoes. Crows, cockroaches and snakes can be attracted to this fresh water supply. In addition, possums, mice and other rodents have been known to nest in gutter leaf litter. Clogged gutters can also provide dangerous fuel in a bushfire situation.

Ideally, gutters should be cleaned twice a year – once in Spring ready for the Summer storms and once in Autumn to deal with any seasonal leaf fall. If you are in a heavily leafed area, or have trees overhanging your home, you may need to clear your gutters more frequently.

If you are unsteady on a ladder or not good with heights, you may want to consider calling in an expert gutter cleaning company to clean your gutters for you.

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