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Dos and Donts Of Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance

Do’s and Don’ts Of Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance

Let’s face it, if your gutters are not doing what they are designed to do, water will enter your home from all angles and become a musty, mouldy, wet mess that no homeowner should have to deal with.

Here we have listed our top Do’s and Don’ts of gutters and gutter maintenance:

Gutter Do’s

  1. Clean Out Your Gutters AT LEAST Twice A Year. This is a vital part of keeping your gutters unclogged and in good working condition.
  2. Invest in Properly Installed Down Pipes And Down Spouts. If you only have 1 downpipe for your entire roof area, chances are you will experience overflow and leaks. We recommend installing a downspout at the upper roof’s edge and a downpipe that leads down and away from your foundation. This will ensure adequate waterflow without causing overflow.
  3. Invest In Seamless Gutters. Seamless gutters are becoming high in demand as they are more durable and have less risk of leaking. DIY plastic gutters become brittle quickly and metal gutters rust in no time if not properly treated.

Gutter Don’ts

  1. Don’t skip out of gutters. If you do not have gutters installed already then stop reading this article now and call us immediately! Your home or office is defensless against leaks, damp, paint damage among other damaging effects if there is nothing to direct waterflow.
  2. Don’t do it alone. This is not a DIY system and should be put in the hands of professional an capable gutter installers, like ourselves. There are various factors that need to be taken into consideration when installing gutters.
  3. Don’t Neglect The Gutter Maintenance And Cleaning. Just like anything in your home, gutters need to be inspected, maintained and cleaned in order to do what they are designed to do. If you noticed your gutter is loose, blocked, rusting or you should want a general inspection, please give us a call to arrange a no obligation inspection and quote.

Looking for Gutter Services? We are your one stop gutter professionals. Do not leave your gutter needs in the hands of someone who is not a specialist as a small fault can lead to detrimental damage and cost.

Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

Roof leaks are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. No one wants to fork out thousands to get fix their roof or getting Roof Waterproofing. It is what we like to call a ‘guilt purchase’. If the roof leaks are not discovered and repaired quickly, it can cause immense damage to the building structure. Here is a list of roofing aspects we think you should consider with roof leaks:

Dirt And Debris Build-Up

If you have a lot of overhanging trees by your rooftop or you see a lot of debris on your roof, call a roof repair specialist to come and clean and inspect your roof. It is important to keep your roof clean to permit adequate waterflow. Even if you do not notice any roof leaks, we suggest you have your roof inspected anyway.

Gutters And Downpipes

This goes hand in hand with item 1 above. Blocked gutters or down pipes will cause a water backlog. Thus, water will find its way under your roof tiles or metal sheets, causing internal leaks. Ensure your gutters are clean and are in good condition.

Roof Age

Roofs deteriorate overtime, that is inevitable. The older it gets, the less effective it becomes with keeping water out. South Africa is very prone to experiencing all 4 seasons in one day. This causes your roofs temperature to fluctuate often resulting in your roofing material to become brittle and crack or loose effectiveness. If your roof has not been inspected in more than 3 years, we strongly recommend you get your roof inspected ASAP. Roof leaks can occur for months before you see the symptoms in your interior space. But by that time, it is too late and the damage to your roofing structure has already been done.

Roof Ridges

Roof ridges are the highest point of the roof and covers the opening where the 2 roof planes meet. The roof ridges are normally joined with repair mortar which has a tendency to crack overtime. The tiny cracks result in roof leaks.

Chimneys

These little devils are the source of many roof leaks. Chimneys need to have specific flashings properly installed and the counter-flashing that goes into the brick mortar needs to be perfect. If not, you will have roof leaks guaranteed. Small hairline cracks often occur which causes major water ingress, especially in our heavy Johannesburg storms.

Valleys And Flashings

Valleys are long metal sheets that run up and down the intersection where two roofs meet. Roof flashings are metal sheets that are installed where objects or extra builds protrude from the roof. It prevents water from entering joints and causing roof leaks. If these vital aspects have holes or are not joined correctly, it will cause major roof leaks and damage.

Uneven or Unlevelled Surfaces

If you have a flat concrete roof that is not even or slopping slightly towards a downpipe, you will experience water ponding. Roofs are not designed to hold the weight of water so ponding will cause major roof damage if not corrected. Long periods of ponding can also create a build-up of silt. Silt is like tiny grains of sand and soil that start to break down the waterproofing on the flat roof. Thus, causing roof leaks.

This ‘Roof Leaks’ article has helped a lot of clients so we hope it will help you too. We are professionals in roof leak inspections and can assist you with any questions or queries you may have regarding your roof. There is a reason we have the reputation we do so don’t hesitate to call us today for a free roof inspection and quotation.

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