Your gutters don’t get the consideration they deserve. We usually think that a gutter’s only function is to make sure that water that falls on your roofs ends up in your drain, and while that is true, it’s the reason why this function is so important to makes it imperative we ensure that our gutters remain in tip-top shape.
Here are a few things around the house that might get damaged if your gutters remained blocked.
Gutters are designed to move water from one place to another, but when the gutters are blocked, that water has nowhere to go. And even if the water evaporates, the blockage itself will remain water-logged for even longer. Water is heavy, and gutters weren’t designed for dealing with heavy weights that don’t move on. Eventually, your gutters will sag and may even fall away from your roof.
If your gutters are blocked, the water will eventually overflow the gutters. Some may flow down your walls (more on this later), some will pool on your roof. Like gutters, roofs aren’t designed to hold heavy bodies of water for long periods of time. It’s why roofs are slanted; it’s to get water off the roof. In time, the roof might rot, or buckled under the weight of the water. If you’ve noticed your roof continually leaking, it might be because your gutters are blocked.
Pretty much all of the damage caused by blocked gutters is because the flow of water is not being controlled. Gutters are supposed to control the flow of the water from the roof down into your drains. If that process is blocked, the flow of water becomes unplanned, and that’s where damage can occur.
As mentioned previously, some water may overflow the gutters and form standing puddles on the roof; some water may flow down your exterior walls and form standing puddles near your foundations. This water can cause erosion at the base of your walls, which weakens the structure of your foundation.
Gutters blocked with water-laden vegetation and debris attract insects, like disease carrying mosquitoes. if you have leaks into your house, those mosquitoes have an easy passageway into your house, and once inside, you become their favourite food source.
If your roofs are leaking, that water coming inside also invites mould growth to form. Mould spores are particularly dangerous for those suffering from asthma or allergies, which are far more prevalent in the young and the old.
All in all, there are many reasons why you should have your gutters regularly cleaned by a professional gutter cleaning company. Perhaps you could do the cleaning yourselves, but please consider the fact that working from ladders that are placed against gutters that may be compromised because of the blockage, may cause you to have an accident and fall … and falls from even a couple of feet can be dangerous, while falls from a couple of metres could be fatal.
Trees don’t last forever. Sometimes we look at our trees and they look so strong and proud, and we forget that they are living things, and like all living things, they get sick and they can die. The problem with trees is that sometimes it’s difficult to determine if they are sick or even dead, and sick or dead trees can pose hazards to your property and your family. Sick and dead trees might no longer have the root structure to stand strong storms, or their branches may fall off, becoming a threat to anyone within the area.
Here are some signs you can look out for to see if your trees should be removed. If you do notice these signs, talk to a tree removal expert like Tree Removal Sunshine Coast to get expert advice.
Check the tree for damaged, broken or dead branches.
If a branch is damaged, snapped off maybe by a storm, and is hanging precariously to the tree, this could easily become a projectile in the next storm, and should be removed. Moreover, the area where the branch is connected to the tree is like a deep gash to us humans; if not treated correctly, this could cause an infection that hurts the entire tree.
Dead branches are often barkless, so check your tree for such branches. Also, if you notice the ground around the tree is littered with fallen branches, despite there not being a recent storm, this may also be a sign that there are issues. In the same way hair loss can be a sign of stress in humans, branch loss can be a sign of stress in your trees. And a stressed tree becomes a dangerous tree.
Check your tree trunk for cracks and missing bark.
We’re not talking about tiny, superficial cracks on your tree’s surface. Those are normal wear and tear. We’re talking deep splits and cracks that go below the surface. There are a few things this could be a sign of: the tree’s trunk might be weak or rotted; the soil itself might be unstable.
If you notice missing bark, this might also be a concern. Trees lose bark as part of their normal everyday lives, but new healthy bark takes its place. If healthy bark is not replacing the missing bark, this may be another indicator something is not right in the tree’s world.
Check your tree’s base for fungus/mushrooms.
If you notice fungus or mushrooms growing at or around the base of your tree, this might be a sign that the tree’s root structure is not strong. The tree’s roots are what keep the tree planted in the ground during strong wind events, so weak roots mean a dangerous tree.
Check your tree’s lean.
If your tree suddenly develops a lean, then this might also be an indication of a root system that has been weakened. Some trees naturally grow at a lean, but that is a slow, gradual event that causes the tree no problems. The type of lean which indicates the tree is dangerous is sudden, perhaps after a wind event, and is something that you need to keep an eye on.