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Autumn days are wonderful – the warm glow of the late day sun, snuggling up in warm clothes, and the beautiful colours of Autumn leaves. But going into the wetter weather with a full season of autumn leaves blocking your gutter could be a costly mistake. Your gutters collect a lot of leaves and debris that’s rarely flushed away by rainfall that could lead to serious damage. So Autumn is the perfect time to contact a roof plumber in Melbourne and book a gutter cleaning before Winter arrives.

What do your gutters do?

During Autumn your gutters collect more than just rainwater. They also catch leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris. Over time, all of this blocks your gutters and drains, which leads to blockages. The gutter won’t be able to effectively channel rainwater down the drains and instead may overflow or backflow into your ceiling area.

By having a roof plumber in Fitzroy clean your gutters you prevent a lot of potential problems to your roof and foundations such as overflowing gutters, flooded roofs, mould, and insect infestations.

Why it’s bad for your home?

Your gutters play an integral role in protecting your home from water damage. Weather patterns can be unpredictable at the best of times, but we know just how much rain we can get during the Winter. Not having Melbourne plumbers tend to your gutters before Winter arrives can lead to a number of problems.

1. Destroyed gutters
It happens so slowly that you may not even notice it, but once the damage is done, replacing your gutters can be frustrating and costly. As leaves, twigs, and debris collect in your gutters, it puts pressure and weight on the system, which if left untreated will eventually cause the gutters to pull away from the roof and fall down.

2. Flooded foundation
A properly working gutter system will drain water from your roof and lead it away from your home. When that system is blocked by debris or cracks have formed, the water can collect around your property and lead to serious damage to the foundation. If you live in a very cold climate, leaking water from damaged gutters can freeze inside the foundation and cause cracks.

3. Mould and mildew
Overflowing water and debris from gutters can spill across your roof and down the side of your home, which can lead to the growth of mould and mildew. Not only does it look bad, it can also be damaging to the exterior of your home, rot roof tiles, and destroy your garden and lawn. Additionally, for those who suffer from respiratory problems, this can leak to illness.

4. Leaks and collapsed ceiling
Overflowed water is likely to splash back onto your roof and can start seeping through your roof tiles. Left unnoticed and untreated by a roof plumber in Melbourne, the water continuing to seep through will collect and become dangerous, possibly leading to the collapse of your ceiling.

5. Rusting
Minor leaks in your gutters can lead to water stains, rust, bubbling paintwork, and timber rot. While just unsightly to begin with, these can lead to more serious problems and damage if left unnoticed by Melbourne plumbers.

6. Unwanted pests
Stagnant water can attract unwanted pests like rats, mozzies, and cockroaches. These pests thrive in damp environments. Not only can they cause sickness as is, their waste material can also trigger respiratory complaints.

Why you should get a gutter clean now?

Do you really want to have to deal with broken or fallen gutters in the middle of a Winter storm? It’s best to call a roof plumber in Melbourne to prevent these problems before they can cause damage. During Autumn, when the leaves are falling is the best time to get a gutter clean.

Cleaning your gutters will prevent water damage, protect your roof, keep pests away, reduce the risk of damaged foundations, and save you money. The cost to get Melbourne plumbers to clean your gutters and prevent problems is far cheaper than having to fix or replace your gutters from expensive damages down the road, or even having to replace your roof altogether.

Why hire a professional gutter cleaner?

You may think of cleaning out your gutters yourself, but it can be a challenging and potentially dangerous job if you don’t have the right training and equipment. Even if you feel confident, it’s best to let experts handle the work for you, especially if a roof inspection is also being conducted. Hiring professionals comes with many advantages:

  • We have the best equipment on hand to clean hard to reach areas.
  • We have convenient times available to work around your schedule so you can go about your daily activities with minimal interruptions.
  • Climbing ladders and roofs can be dangerous. We are aware of these risks and take all necessary safety precautions.
  • We have expert knowledge and will carry out a thorough inspection and report back on the condition of your gutters and roof.

Butler Plumbing provides gutter cleaning services in Autumn to help keep your home safe. Winter is coming, so make sure to get in before it arrives. If you are located in Melbourne, Collingwood, Clifton Hill or Fitzroy and surrounds, and are looking for a roof plumber to service these areas, click here to learn more about our gutter cleaning services or click here to get in touch with us.