Gutters surround the edge of your entire home, but it’s likely you’ve forgotten all about them. It’s important to keep your gutters at the top of your to do list when you’re working around the house. They may be unsuspecting, but if not properly looked after, can pose as a dangerous hazard to your home and family. If the job is too big, something doesn’t seem right, or you just don’t want to risk it, Call us. With gutter repair in ringwood, to gutter repair in Blackburn, we’ve got you covered across Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs. Below are some of the biggest safety hazards unmaintained gutters can pose, and how you can avoid them. 

 

Fire

Over time gutters build up with old dry leaves and twigs. If you have trees overhanging your property this might happen a lot faster. Even if your gutters are clear of overhang, debris can easily be blown into them in the wind. We aren’t able to see inside our gutters day to day so it’s important to check to see if your gutters are clogged up throughout the seasons. Coming into summer this can pose a serious fire risk. Dry heat and winds can cause your gutters to catch alight. If you live in an area affected by bushfires, or even nearby, it only takes one single ember to catch in your gutter. 

 

Water Damage

While water can still make it through some leaf litter, the more you let it build up the more likely you are to see other issues. A buildup or blockage can lead to waterlogging that can damage your roof or wall, rot structures, or even pose a risk to electrical equipment. Clear out your gutters when you can. If it seems like your gutters are already too far gone, call our experts in gutter repairs to ensure the job is done safely and efficiently. 

 

Do It Yourself

Get in the habit of checking and cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. If you’re doing it yourself you want to make sure you’ve got the right equipment for the job. Use a safe and sturdy ladder, some gloves, a small dust broom or scoop, and a bucket for all the debris.  Once you’ve worked your way along and safely removed any build up, you’ll be able to see any areas that may be rotting or damaged. If your gutters are looking good, keep up the good work and repeat after any big storms, or season change.

 

Leave it to the experts 

If your DIY skills aren’t up to scratch, you simply don’t have the time, or you just don’t know where to start, do the right thing and call in the experts. Keeping your home safe and in working order is our priority. Get in touch today and ensure your gutters are looking good.