Why hire a plumber for guttering?
Gutters manage the deluge of rainwater during storms, protecting your home from water leaks. Even the smallest of leaks can end up becoming major problems and cause extensive damage to the internal and external structure of your building. Therefore, it is only prudent to be proactive in gutter cleaning, repairs and replacements.
Which trade is responsible for guttering?
The various States around Australia have differing regulations around guttering installers. In some states, guttering is the job of plumbers and in others, it is a part of the roofing industry. Depending on where you live in Australia your guttering specialist may hold a license with either of these two trade categories.
According to NSW Fair Trading, a roof plumber is permitted to work on the installation, renovation, altering, repairing and maintaining gutters, downpipes, roof flashing and roof covering on any building or structure.
Benefits of Hiring a Roof Plumber
In addition to installing, repairing or replacing gutters, a roof plumber can also install gutter guards, stormwater pits and rainwater tanks. When you hire a roof plumber, you can rest assured that you are hiring a specialist and that you will get a long-term and cost-effective drainage solution.
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Benefits of Regular Gutter Maintenance
Roofs and gutters are an important component of your home. Water leaks from the roof can cause water leaks and damage the building foundation. With regular maintenance, your roof and building will remain protected which can also increase the value of your home.
Regular gutter maintenance has many benefits including:
- Prevents blocked downpipes and water backups in the gutters.
- Gutters will rust faster, start sagging and cause water leaks if they are not cleaned regularly. Regular maintenance ensures the debris is cleared and the gutters last for a long time.
- Clogged gutters can attract termites, insects, cockroaches, rodents and mosquitoes. Clean gutters will prevent these pests and rodents from breeding and keep your home safe.
- It will protect your home from a serious fire, as during the bushfire season, dry leaves acccumulated on the gutters can catch fire, ignite objects around it and spread real quick.
- Protect your home from timber rot, mould and mildew as well as damaged insulation.
How often should you clean gutters?
Clean the gutters at least twice a year to remove leaves and debris. Even if you have installed gutter guards, periodic inspection is needed to remove any leaf matter.
4 signs you need to replace the gutters
If there are minor leaks, dents or holes in the gutters you might get away with a repair. Repairs might also be needed if the gutters get damaged by strong winds, rains and fallen tree branches. If the guttering sections are coming apart, or you can see rust spots or water damage inside your home, then the problem is major and could require a new guttering installation. Gutter systems are expected to last for nearly 20 years if properly maintained. Take out time to regularly inspect gutters, downpipes for leaks and clean them regularly to protect your investment.
You need to replace your gutters:
- If you notice cracks: Cracks in the gutters can cause water leaks and damage the building structure. If you notice water leaks or stagnant water around the foundation, the gutters could have extensive cracks.
- If the gutter is sagging: The gutter fasteners and seams might be coming apart or the gutter may be affected by rust which can cause it to sag.
- Water is pooling on the roof - The gutters are designed to direct water away from the roof but if the water remains stagnant in the gutters, consider calling professionals for gutter replacements.
- Rust spots or paint is peeling off: If the paint is peeling off or you can see rust spots on the gutters, the gutters could be wearing out and may start to leak. In that case, your best option is to replace the gutters.
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