08 Feb 2018

Most Common Gutter Problems and How to Avoid Them

Most Common Gutter Problems and How to Avoid Them

Home maintenance can keep you extremely busy, as a home owner there is always things you can do to keep your home looking and functioning at its best. This is very much the case when it comes to your homes gutters. Your homes gutters play a very important role in drawing water away from your homes foundations. This is why it is so important to keep them in good working order. As when not functioning as they should they don’t only look unsightly from the sagging, mouldy or mossy look, making your home look unkempt. But overflowing or broken guttering can cause water to leak into your hoe and cause a lot of damage. This is why it is so important to keep up with regular maintenance of your gutters. Although we know that not everyone has time, so it is a good idea to a team like Endeavour Property Services who offer gutter cleaning in Auckland to regularly clean out your gutters.

Sagging Gutters

One of the most commonly seen issues with home guttering is sagging. This commonly occurs when the gutters become blocked up with leaves or debris and when it rains the debris gets wet and very heavy. This water cannot flow out of the gutters and becomes trapped. This puts excess weight on the gutters themselves and the fixings that hold them in place. Over time, especially in areas with high rainfall the gutters will begin to sag and pull away from the house. But this can be easily avoided by keeping your gutters free flowing, as they can handle the weight of the rain, but not when it gets stuck in the gutters. So through keeping your gutters free from debris they will last much longer. 

Unsightly Green Gutters

It is also common that people experience issues with mould, lichen or moss growing on their gutters. Although this is a more cosmetic issue, it can be just as frustrating as it involves you having to get up a ladder to clean it off to keep your home looking at its best. It can be hard to clean the unsightly green build up off the outside of your gutters especially if they are plastic. As often it involves using a ladder and a lot of pressure and the right cleaning solutions to get the discolouration off. It is often harder to clean the outside of your gutters than the insides. But unfortunate it is an unavoidable fact that over time they will be subject to a build-up of moss and mould. From the moisture and harsh weather conditions that they are subject to. Which is why we recommend calling in a professional team of gutter cleaners as they will clean the whole of the gutters, making it look as good as new. They can even apply as mould and moss solution on the gutters to prevent the build-up occurring as quickly in the future.

Leaks

Your homes gutters can over time develop leaks, whether it be from holes in the gutters themselves of leaks from the joins in the gutters. Although this cannot be prevented completely as all gutters have a lifespan, you can help you gutters to function for longer through keeping them clean and well maintained. Plus, the length that your gutters lasts varies greatly between the different types of gutters, metals such as copper last a lot longer than your typical plastic guttering. Also, since the joins in the gutters is where you will often experience issues with leaking, it is often better to consider getting continuous spouting or guttering installed that are manufactured to be the right length for your home. This means that they do not have any joins, making them much stronger and long lasting that gutters with joins.

Overgrown Gutters 

Another problem that commonly occurs with gutters is that they get overgrown with grass, plants and organic matter. This can be caused by bird droppings, or seeds that blow in your gutters and then thrive in the moist warm environment. This makes them grow very fast, so quickly your gutters become blocked and overrun with plants.