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Our Guide To Great Gutter Maintenance

3 December 2020

Our Guide To Great Gutter Maintenance

Avoid Gutter Repairs With These Simple Steps

We often take them for granted, but our gutters are vital to keeping the condition of your house and roof in top condition.

As expert roofers in Port Macquarie with over 30 years’ experience, we’re not exaggerating when we say poorly maintained gutters are responsible for a large majority of problems with roofing and roof leaks in homes across the region.

Gutters don’t just divert water away from your roof, also they protect your home’s foundations, prevent erosion and stop mould and mildew spreading.

With storms are becoming more frequent and severe throughout the year, it’s important to keep your gutters in the best shape possible. With that in mind, our expert team have put together a helpful guide on how to keep your gutters maintained to avoid gutter repairs.

Remove Blockages

The biggest problem with gutters by far is blockages. Changing seasons and storms will inevitably result in debris filling up in your gutters, especially if your home is surrounded by trees. Keeping your gutters clear should be priority number one.

Check the entire perimeter of your gutter for any build-up of leaves or branches that could cause your gutter to be blocked. Make sure to remove the debris away from the entrances to your downpipe and avoid simply hosing the debris away.

Check For Leaks & Signs Of Damage

With clear gutters, it’s easy to check for leaks and any noticeable signs of damage. Leaking gutters can cause problems over time if left unchecked and while small leaks can be easily fixed when caught early on, larger leaks will likely require professional help.

If there are any sections of your gutters that are damaged, for example with significant corrosion or rust, it’s best to have those parts of the gutter repaired asap. By isolating the problems early, you’ll prevent the damaged sections from inflicting problems further along.

Ensure Your Gutter Joins Are Sturdy

With excess debris, water pooling and damage over time it’s common for guttering to separate from your fascia boards. This can result in damaged walls, fascia, siding and downpipes. Take the time to check there are no weak areas where your gutters are attached to the fascia, as well as checking the fascia boards themselves aren’t looking worse for wear.

Check The Angle Of Your Gutters

When gutters aren’t installed properly or become damaged over time, their pitch and angle will cause water to pool and stagnate instead of draining away properly. This will lead to water overflowing onto your roof and down the side of your home. If you see areas where water isn’t draining away properly, you may need professional help to re-install your gutters at the correct slope.

For Professional Gutter Repair Call Our Friendly Team

With these simple steps, gutter maintenance can be a breeze and you’ll save yourself from headaches in the future. However, if you’re gutters aren’t looking their best or you notice persistent problems, our friendly team of roofers are on hand to help you out.

When it comes to roofing and gutter repairs, O’Brien Plumbing & Roofing Port Macquarie are your local experts. With a reputation for fantastic customer services and high-quality workmanship, we’ll keep your gutters looking and working at their best.

If you’ve got a question about your gutters, get in touch with us today. Request a booking online or give us a call on (02) 6581 4589.

 

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