Maintaining Gutters and Drainpipes

By December 5, 2019 Roofing No Comments

Maintaining Gutters and Drainpipes

While our focus at Roof Inspection Reports is to carry out inspections to deliver reports outlining issues with both new and existing roof installations we also like to provide tips and tricks you can apply to your property in order to get the most out of your roofs lifespan.

One of the best ways to ensure you avoid costly damage to your roof is to carry our regular inspections of your gutters and drainpipes. Often these elements are pushed to the side when it comes to home maintenance but in doing this you are setting yourself up for long term issues down the road. By taking the time now to ensure nothing needs fixing you save yourself even more time and money as time goes on.

The basic function of your gutters and drainpipes is to dictate the flow and distribution of water around your property. Water is the most dangerous element to your home and if a roof is damaged in a way that allows water to penetrate to the interior it can become an extremely costly endeavour.

By not ensuring proper installation and maintenance over time your gutters will fill with debris. This makes the gutter overflow and could mean your ceiling flooding, damage to the timber in your roof, issues with internal structural walls. As the gutter fills with continuous rain it becomes heavier and heavier. This new force can further damage your roofs structural integrity.

Once water makes it into your home it can create a domino effect as it works its way down to the bottom, including the damaging of insulation and electrical wiring which can present a serious threat to the safety and well being of your properties inhabitants.

By understanding the best time and methods for inspecting your guttering you can lower the time and effort needed to ensure the integrity of this vital part of your roofing solution. An inspection should be carried out every 6 months and is best done at the end of autumn and the end of spring where roof debris will be at their highest. If you have trees that overhang your roof you may need to carry out inspections on a more regular basis.

It’s always a good idea to carry out inspections before and after big storms that occur during the start of the year for Queenslanders.

If you are concerned about the health of your roof it is always a good idea to hire an expert roof inspection service to carry out a detailed report. The entire bases of our service is to provide insight into issues now so that you save money as time goes on. By getting a professional roof inspection you can rest assured knowing all the bases are covered and you will be made fully aware of any potential threats to the structure of your roof and in turn the safety of your home.