This week we’ve attended three jobs already where damage to ceilings has occurred due to rain. The thing is, none of these properties had roof issues. All the roofs were sound and in good nick. It’s the gutters that are the problem. This makes regular gutter cleaning essential.
Particularly box gutters. They love to collect leaves and other debris, and once they have enough, they block up. This blockage then causes the water to back up and flow out of the cutter, into the roof cavity. From there it can cause untold damage.
Most of the damage we’ve seen this week has been water soaked plasterboard or ceiling tiles. They both incur the same problem. Once water-logged, they can’t hold the weight and they crack, before ending up in a soggy mess on your floor or carpet.
But it can be much worse. If the water gets into your electrical wiring, or air conditioning system, costs can skyrocket. Not to mention the dangers. Roof insulation is also a problem when wet. It becomes the perfect breeding ground for all kinds of nasties.
The kinds of damage mentioned here are expensive to repair. But gutter cleaning isn’t. And if it’s done twice a year, the chances of water damage occurring are drastically reduced.
If you haven’t had your gutters cleaned lately, or you don’t know what’s currently sitting in your gutters, get up there ASAP. If getting up there yourself isn’t an option, give us a call and we can give you a free appraisal.
Gutter cleaning should not be reactive maintenance. It should be preventative. Once it becomes reactive, the associated costs caused by damage can be crippling.