Frequently Asked Questions

Blocked Gutters

How do your gutters protect your home?

The main function of a gutter is to remove or transport water away from the roof of your home – either into a drainpipe or water collection and storage system.  Without gutters, water that falls on your roof can flow toward the walls, seep into cracks and get inside, causing extensive flood and moisture damage.

What causes a blocked gutter?

Every year, fallen leaves, branches, dirt and debris gets washed off the roof into our gutters. This can build up at an alarming rate and can cause damage to the guttering itself or to your property.

Why is it a problem if your gutters become blocked?

Blocked gutters and downpipes lead to the overflow of gutters during and following heavy rain and storms.  This can lead to flooding, with water entering the house by overflowing over the back of the gutter into eaves and ceiling cavities, overflowing onto verandas, terraces and stair slabs and flowing into the downstairs rooms or causing drainage problems for the homeowner and adjacent properties.

Can you see if your gutters are blocked from the ground?

One of the big issues is that you probably won’t know you’ve got a blockage until its too late, as the signs can be hard to spot from the ground.  Typically, flooding occurs in the middle of a storm or heavy rain, so you might find yourself struggling to clear blocked gutters in wet and dangerous conditions.

Are there signs that may indicate I have clogged or blocked gutters?

Damp and mould – water running down the outside of your house can cause mold to grow inside and out.  Water can penetrate through the wall and cause damage to paint and wallpaper.  This can go unnoticed if hidden behind furniture.

Leaky roofs and saggy ceilings – clogged gutters can result in water that stands for hours, or longer, blocking the flow of water from the roof.  This can leak into ceiling cavities and cause ceilings to sag and eventually collapse, ruining internal decoration and your home’s contents.

Splash back damage – water that spills or leaks from a blocked gutter onto the ground can cause water to splash back and damage your property. The affected area can suffer from penetrating damp, peeling paintwork, wood rot and unsightly cosmetic damage.

Sagging driveways – Just as large roots can lift the concrete blocks of your driveway into the air, clogged gutters can result in pooling water that breaks down the concrete from the top. This might cause sagging driveways or even large cracks to appear.

Brickwork and pointing damage – an overflowing gutter can result in water pouring down the wall, causing damage to brickwork and pointing, penetrating damp and damage to wall ties.  Moss growing on the well walls adds to the problem by retaining water and not letting the walls dry out.

Rotting wood – clogged gutters can also rot wood fascia.  When the water build up and stands stagnant for even just a few hours, the wood will start to break down and decompose, causing serious problems.

Cracks in the foundation – blocked gutters can force water downwards directly onto the foundation wall, which can lead to major cracking, mould growth and rot along the surrounding fascia. Wet areas around the foots can cause the soil to swell and shrink, increasing the risk of termite attack and movement.

Ruined landscaping – expensive landscaping can be destroyed in hours by clogged gutters as the water exits the gutters with sufficient force to dig holes, resulting in over-watered plants and unsightly dips in the topography of your yard.

Insects – removing moisture and debris from your gutters is one of the most effective steps you can take to keep your home insect-free, along with twigs, leaves and other materials that pests love to use as both shelter and a food source.