Why Should I have my Gutter and Downpipes Cleaned?
With spring rain around the corner, there has never been a better time to get your gutters cleaned in Melbourne.
The prevention of green matter, leaves, moss, tennis balls and debris entering your downpipes or storm water system is critical in allowing your storm water system to flow freely. It also prevents unnecessary damage and flooding to your property when the rain hits.
We recommend having your gutters and downpipes cleaned at least once a year, with twice being the optimum.
Planning is Everything with Gutter Cleaning
For some, the task of getting up and cleaning your gutters and downpipes is one of those chores that can wait another day. For others, it’s just too dangerous to get up onto the roof to clean them out, we understand but it’s important not to leave it until it’s too late.
Planning is everything with gutter cleaning and roof leaks. Unfortunately, when it rains it’s not safe for anyone to be up on a roof, so if you’re caught in a storm with blocked gutters and downpipes we can’t fix it for you until the rain stops. The problem is, the damage has already been done.
This is why planning and being organised is critical in getting your gutters, downpipes and stormwater drains cleared and running freely before the Autumn rain hits.
Melbourne weather is unpredictable at the best of times and with storms happening more regularly it pays to be prepared and ready. The build-up of leaves, debris and foreign matter restricts the flow of water and effects the efficiency of the whole storm water system operating as it was engineered to do.
Additionally, when gutters and downpipes are cleaned and able to flow freely it simply prevents leaks and flooding, which prevents expensive damage to your property. Preventing storm water from getting to your footings, foundations and stumps around your home will save you thousands in underpinning and re-stumping your home, not to mention all the repairs needed to be carried out once underpinning and re-stumping has been completed.
The Types of Gutters in Melbourne
There are three main types of gutters in Melbourne:
- Fascia gutter
- Concealed Gutter
- Box gutter
All three have their own purpose and all three are prone to blocking and deteriorating if not routinely cleaned.
Make sure your Gutter Cleaning Plumber is Insured
Working from heights is a dangerous task, so make sure your plumber is trained and insured, you don’t want to be held liable for any eventual workplace injuries on your property.
Along with asking the below questions, also ask for written proof. It should be as easy as having them send you an email with their certificates of currency for all their insurance policies and licences.
- Are you a licensed plumber and will you provide a certificate of compliance?
- Do you have public liability insurance and for how much?
- Are all your employees insured?
- Are all your employees insured by Workcover?
- Will you provide a warranty on the work you do and how long does it last?
- Ask for a copy of the policies.
Not Cleaning Your Gutters and Downpipes Will Shorten Their Lifespan
When gutters and downpipes are left dirty and full of debris, it causes them to deteriorate and corrode quicker than they should. Holding water or moisture can shorten the life span of gutters and downpipes by half, so it pays to keep them clean.
When you’re ready to replace your gutters and downpipes or if you need advice on the current condition of you gutters, call our friendly team at Essendon Plumbing Services on 1300 193 298 or book online.
Need you Gutters Cleaned?
If you’ve been holding back on getting your gutters and downpipes cleaned, call your expert local roof plumbers at Essendon Plumbing Services. We will clean your gutters and downpipes and provide you with a free quote to replace any damaged guttering if required.