How Regular Gutter Cleaning Saves You Money In The Long Term

Everyone knows that gutters exist for a very specific purpose: diverting rainwater off your roof and away from your home. But what many New Zealanders are less familiar with is the fact that neglecting your gutters can cause dramatic – and expensive – consequences.

It’s easy to assume that blocked gutters will simply cause excess water to overflow harmlessly and spill from your roof onto the ground. Although this process sounds innocuous enough, it actually promotes mould growth, and can damage your roof, crack your foundation, and cause a host of other problems. Ultimately, it can force you to waste a lot of money on repairs.

So without further ado, here’s how taking proper care of your gutters can save you money.


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Clean gutters tell mould you’re closed for business.

Blocked gutters offer the perfect conditions for mould growth: a damp environment, packed with nutrients from things like roof tiles and decaying leaves. Over time, this mould can eat away at your roof, reducing its lifespan and meaning you need to replace it sooner. The mould can also penetrate into your home, and its spores present a serious health risk to your family.

By keeping your gutters clean and the water flowing, you’re emphatically telling mould that it’s not welcome. And at the same time, you’re avoiding the significant expense of roof repairs and professional mould-removal.

Clean gutters stop your foundation from cracking.

If your gutter system is working properly, rainwater will flow through downpipes and be cleared away from the walls of your house. This is very important, because it prevents the soil near your walls from becoming waterlogged.

When your gutters are blocked, the water simply spills down your walls and floods the soil next to your house. Over time – particularly in a city prone to periodical heavy rain, like Auckland – this can flood your basement or even cause your home’s foundation to crack. As you can imagine, both of these problems are seriously expensive to repair. If going up in flames is the worst thing that can happen to your property, a cracked foundation isn’t far behind.

This possibility alone is a compelling reason to keep your gutters in working order.

Clean gutters prevent exterior damage.

The exteriors of NZ houses are designed to withstand a range of weather conditions. For the most part, they do this job pretty well. Rain, hail, sunshine, wind, tropical cyclones – it’s pretty remarkable what our homes put up with.

If your gutters are overflowing, however, you can expect the lifespan of your exterior to be significantly reduced. Persistent rainwater spillage causes wood sidings to rot, and constant damp can also damage other types of siding. Window frames, door frames, and the windows themselves are particularly vulnerable.

By keeping your gutters clean, you can help your exterior fight the good fight against Kiwi weather – and save money on repairs in the long run.

Clean gutters preserve your landscaping.

What sort of landscaping surrounds your house? A concrete parking area? A rose garden? An immaculate lawn? All of these are prone to damage from water buildup – and water buildup is exactly what happens when your gutters fail to clear rainwater. 

Keep your gutters free from debris, keep your downpipes flowing, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your landscaping won’t be ruined.

Clearly, taking care of your gutters isn’t an “optional extra” like watering your plants or recycling. Even if you’re relatively relaxed about housekeeping, you shouldn’t be relaxed about gutter maintenance – because neglecting it can break your bank in the long run. 

With this in mind, it’s worth investing in regular gutter cleaning and maintenance. EP Services offers professional gutter cleaning, and our technicians can advise you on long-term preventative measures like gutter guards. Get in touch today for a free, no-obligation quote anywhere in the Auckland region.

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