Having your gutters cleaned is rarely a key priority for any homeowner. However, the detrimental impact of leaving this vital area of your home uncared for can be significant. Here at Jet This Way, we are consistently hailing the benefits of investing in your gutters. So, in this blog post, we’ll be discussing 5 ways that gutter cleaning can actually save you money – now and in the long run.
1. Avoid costly gutter repairs
As with any minor household repair, if it’s left to grow, the cost of repair will increase. The same goes for gutters. During a cleaning, we will visually check your gutter to ensure there aren’t any cracks or dents which could develop into something more serious in the future. Noticing these issues early on allows you to address them before further damage occurs. A full gutter replacement can cost upwards of £600 – £800 while having them cleaned annual is significantly cheaper.
2. Protect the structure of a building
Your gutters are in place to help rainwater and debris find a smooth path off of the roof. Without them, or when they become blocked up, this water can pool. Over time, excess water can seep into the foundations which weakens the structure of a building. In the worst-case scenario, this can actually cause a full building collapse, leaving you with both a financial complication and a safety hazard.
3. Prevent internal leaks
Pooled water on the roof doesn’t just affect the outside of your building. It can also make its way indoors, showing up on your walls as leaks or staining. Not only is this a clear indicator that there is something more serious going on. If you’re able to fix the leak without much cost, you’ll still need to look indoors at the decorating. While you may get away with letting it dry out and opting for damp-proof paint, in severe situations you may need to have the whole wall re- plastered.
4. Protect surrounding plants
If your gutters are left clogged up with debris and dirt, the unmanaged water can overflow into the beds of surrounding plants. Over time, this can cause soil erosion which will unearth your flowers or flood the area, damaging your garden as well as the walls of a building.
5. Minimise mould growth
Mould on roofs is the result of algae growth – a water-thriving organism that sets its roots into surfaces and can do significant damage to roofs. If we have blocked gutters and an inability for rainwater to drain off, we create the ideal environment for mould growth. Therefore, it calls to reason that improving drainage will minimise the chance of mould growth.
Taking action now to clear out the debris and dirt that has built up in your gutters over the winter months really can save you money. Here at Jet This Way, we offer professional gutter cleaning with the ability to replace or repair gutters if we identify any damage. If you would like more information about this service or want to speak to a member of our team, please do get in contact.