3 Tips To Keep Your Gutters Clean And Flowing Properly!

Tip #1: Cut away trees that hang over gutters

By simply trimming back branches that hang directly over your gutters you’ll eliminate a large % of leaves and twigs that block gutters and downpipes. A simple monthly “Check and Trim” is all that is needed.

Tip #2: Monitor the amount of dirt and debris that is in your gutters

“Out of site, out off mind” may work for some things but in the case of your roofs guttering, what you can’t see could end up costing you thousands of dollars in damage and repairs. By doing a quick check from the ground you can usually see if there are any major build up, but often you’ll need someone to properly inspect your roofs guttering system to protect yourself from the hidden dangers.

Tip #3: Save money with a regular professional vacuum gutter clean

Prevention is always cheaper, less time consuming and less stressful than paying for repairs after your gutters are completely blocked and start to leak into your roof and eaves causing major property damage. A professional vacuum gutter clean is very affordable and will ensure that your down pipes and gutters are completely free for dirt, debris and leaves, which cause blockages, rust and corrosion in your guttering.

Our experienced team of qualified roof tilers and roof gutter cleaning professionals can ensure your gutters are cleaned quicker, without any mess and at cheaper costs! We provide the total roof maintenance package in Melbourne as we provide professional roof gutter cleaning as well as roofing repairs.

4 Costly Mistakes Property Owners Make Regarding Roof Guttering

Mistake #1: Waiting for gutters to start overflowing before getting them cleaned

By the time your gutters are overflowing in heavy rainfall it is already to late. There is every chance that water has already found its way into your roof, eaves and plaster boards, which can cost thousand of dollars to repair. By doing regular checks and having a professional vacuum gutter clean every 6 months you will protect your investment.

Mistake #2: Not checking gutters after heavy storms or powerful winds

We all get busy, especially when bad weather hits there can be a number of extra duties you need to attend to around the home. But this is exactly the time when you need to make sure your roof and guttering has held up as it should and there are no potential problems waiting to burst. After heavy storms or powerful winds you must examine your roof or have a professional come and give you peace of mind that everything is working fine.

Mistake #3: Hiring the lowest price company

You may be thinking of taking the cheapest option, but there are two important points you need to consider… Point #1: The price that is offered on the website or Ad may not include all the services you want or need to be performed. You must decide exactly what you want accomplish before you select a company. If you simply want to get rid of some of the leaves on your roof there are many companies who will come in with a leaf blower and clean out the easy to reach blockages. If you want a deep down clean that really clears out downpipes, collects all grime and muck in those hard to reach places and provides a long lasting solution, then you need to be careful when selecting a company based on price.
Point #2: The price you are quoted may not be the price you pay I take no pleasure in saying this but there are still some unethical companies in our industry that will promote ridiculously low prices just to get into your home and then once they have started all the extra charges (for things that should be included anyway) start popping up. When you work with a reputable company such as Porter Vac, you’ll know exactly how much you will pay and exactly what services you’ll receive before one minute of work begins.

Mistake #4: Using gutter guards (covers that go over your gutter)

Many gutter guard products have entered the market over the years and I am yet to find one that can do a complete job in protecting your house from rust, corrosion and water damage. Many of the cheaper brands have large grates that capture more debris than they remove and are also not UV rated, so after a few months in the elements they begin to disintegrate. Even the more expensive systems (some very expensive), which can be difficult to install are great a keeping leaves out of your gutter, but the other 60% of dirt, grime, twigs and debris simply slips through the cracks and start to breakdown in your gutters, causing rust and corrosion that you cannot see because of the guard. I am called out every week to repair problems caused by gutter guards purchased from companies who don’t stand behind their products. In fact many of these products require you have your roofs professionally pressure cleaned every 6 months to receive their warranty (which ends up costing more that getting your gutters cleaned professionally in the first place.) In my 17-years in the roofing industry the only gutter protection system I’ve seen that works is to have your gutters regularly cleaned by a professional vacuum gutter cleaner.

Misconceptions About Gutter Cleaning

Misconception #1: My handyman or gardener can do just as good a job as a professional gutter cleaner

Many maintenance, handyman and even roofing companies offer gutter cleaning as a side service. This means it is not their specialty. They do not do this work “Day in, Day out” and do not have the right tools, experience and safety equipment to do a fast, thorough and safe job on your property. In fact many of these companies charge much more because it takes them a lot longer to do an inferior job because they do not have the right equipment on hand.

Misconception #2: I can remove leaves safely from a ladder

Working from a ladder is the cause of countless numbers of workplace and home-related injuries in Australia. If you are not trained and qualified to work safely on a tile roof, trying to clean your gutters from a ladder is not a recommended alternative. You or your family member can do a lot of damage to both yourself and your property, and the time you spend pulling out muck and grime by hand from every crevasse and downpipe can quickly eat up your whole weekend.

Misconception #3: One form of gutter cleaning is just as good as another

Many professional gutter cleaning services still use a pressure cleaner or leaf blower to clean out your gutters. In most cases this causes more mess and more long term damage than if you did nothing at all. Pressure cleaners and leaf blowers not only cause an enormous mess around your property; they also push the majority of the leaves and dirt straight into your downpipes causing even more blockage. Vacuum Technology gutter cleaning captures 99.9% of mess and can get deep into your downpipes for a really thorough clean. Porter Vac have developed our own gutter specific high power, high performance vacuums to provide the most thorough clean of any company in the industry.

Misconception #4: Having the right equipment is all a gutter cleaning company needs.

Yes…having the right equipment is important. But training and experience in the use of that equipment is what separates a gutter clean that captures only the visible dirt and debris in your gutters from a clean that sucks deep into your downpipes, gets in and under tiles, and removes 99.9% of mould, leaves, dirt and grime from your entire guttering system. All our technicians at Porter Vac are qualified roof tilers and have had specialist training in the use and maintenance of our high power vacuum gutter cleaners.

Misconception #5: If my gutters cause water damage my insurance will cover it

This most definitely is not always the case. In my 17 years in the roofing industry I have seen many cases when insurance companies refused to pay for water damage because it was deemed that blocked and dirty guttering was the cause of the problem. Protect yourself from nasty and expensive surprises by checking your insurance policy and having your gutters professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Importance of Cleaning Gutters Regularly by a Professional

Vacuum gutter cleaning is the most inexpensive and effective way of maintaining the value and appearance of your home. With some professional gutter cleaning services, you will be able to clear all the problems in your house such as roof leaks, damages from insects and other animals and some foundation problems. Roof gutters are essential when you have a compound that is full of tall trees. However, a big challenge comes when deciding whether homeowners should clean their gutters by themselves or seek the expertise of a professional gutter cleaning service. Although the task of cleaning a gutter may seem so simple and easy, it has so many challenges that require the support of professionals in that field. The following are the importance of seeking the services of professionals in gutter cleaning as compared to doing it yourself.

Professional vacuum gutter cleaning comes with knowledge and experience in cleaning your gutter. Different houses and gutters have different architectural designs. This can be challenging when it comes to cleaning a gutter. When you involve a professional gutter cleaning service, you not only employ them but also sign in to a wide range of gutter cleaning experience and knowledge. The professional vacuum gutter cleaning service will know the most efficient approach to your gutter and can install and repair gutters immediately where necessary. They are also able to discover even smaller problems that might end up causing more extra costs in future. A professional vacuum gutter cleaning service will have all the replacement tools to fix all the problems other than taking a very short period of time to clean your gutter.

Cleaning roof gutters is a very dangerous activity hence it involves some safety precautions. Buildings are of different kinds, and accessing a gutter involves climbing very long ladders and leaning dangerously to clean tough to reach areas and downspouts. Professional gutter cleaners know how to take all the necessary precautionary measures and cautiously climb the ladder and clean the required places. Seeking the expertise of a professional roof gutter cleaning service will save you money, time and pain.

Property considerations are other important factors to look at when cleaning roof gutters. Do you really know how to clean a roof gutter without damaging the gutter system? What if you lose your balance in the process of removing clog and knock some shingles off? What will happen to you if you pull some parts of roof gutter as you remove some leaves and twigs? Apart from cleaning your gutter well, a professional gutter cleaning company knows how to do their job well without causing damages on your home. And in case of damage in your property, you will be able to get some insurance compensation from the company’s insurance

At PorterVac, our experienced team of qualified roof tilers and roof gutter cleaning professionals can ensure your gutters are cleaned quicker, without any mess and at cheaper costs! We provide the total roof maintenance package in Melbourne as we provide professional roof gutter cleaning as well as roofing repairs.

Problems that Occur from Clogged Gutters from not Cleaning Regularly

Roof gutter cleaning is very important because you will be able to prevent damage to your siding and landscape. Preventing damage and clogged gutters helps you to spare the cash that should be used for repairs. Cleaning gutters should be done at least once in a year. However, if you have overhanging trees clean your gutters occasionally. Roof gutter cleaning is a small exercise which prevents big problems. These problems include;

Driveway damage

The extra water that drops from the damaged gutters can cause sagging and cracking of foundation. The drive away does not only become slippery but also its damages as a result of continuous outpouring of water from the damaged gutters. Avoid this by directing your drain spout in another direction.

Insect infection

Insects such as mosquitoes are likely to cause infection in a non-maintained gutter. When you do not maintain your gutter, it becomes moist. Insects always love moisture filled gutter. They will breed in your gutter thus causing infections such as malaria.

Foundation cracks

Water can be absorbed into the foundation cracks of your home which could potentially lead to serious problems. This occurs mostly during colder months because of the freezing temperatures. Water that builds up causes wall cracks and cracks in the foundation. It is not easily visible but can later lead to formation of mold into your home.

Leaking basements

Gutters drain water into the exterior of your home. If the basements are not working properly the excess water collect in your basement and eventually leaks. This is hazardous because it may result to gas leak and pollutants into your home. Thus, roof gutter cleaning is very important.

Rotted wood

Some of the homes are made from wood. Others the ceiling is made from wood. If the gutter does not drain water properly, the water may accumulate into the house. This makes the wood to rot causing damage into the foundation and the house structure may also be destroyed.

Leaking of roofs

Primarily, this occurs when the gutter drainage cannot maintain the water drainage from your roof. The water that does not spill on the ground accumulates in the roof causing damage. During the cold season the water that accumulates in the roof may turn into ice causing snow build up on the roof. This eventually causes damage of the roof.

Drowning landscape

When gutters are unable to retain water it leaks out into the landscape. The water may leak out into the exterior plants. Overwatered plants most of the times do not survive. Plants become dull and die causing an ugly landscape.

Utilising a professional roof gutter cleaning service is essential to preventing serious problems that may arise. A vacuum gutter cleaning service will give you the service that you need to be able to clean your gutters regularly. By cleaning your gutters regularly they will be able to work more effectively without any problems.

PorterVac utilise superior vacuum gutter cleaning technology to provide a fast, reliable and safe service that results in zero mess! Give us a call today on 1300 833 399