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Gutters are a Vital Task for Property Managers & Strata Managers

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When property managers and strata managers consider the properties they are responsible for, there is a tendency to focus on what can be seen. Does the outside have a clean appearance? Do the facilities all function? However, what cannot be seen can be a problem in waiting. Gutters fall into that category. As a property manager or strata manager, it’s important to keep up with those gutters!

The Pivotal Role of Gutters

High above the landscaping, often finished to match the external walls or roofline, and tucked up close to the roof, the gutters quietly manage the west coast rainfall and the debris that gets brought down with it. Keeping those gutters clean and maintained is a vital task in protecting the buildings and properties, and the investments of the owners.

From fall through spring – no news flash here – Vancouver gets a lot of rain! Year round, weather fills the gutters with leaves and debris from trees and birds, and also affects the condition of the gutters. Maintaining gutters is crucial to avoid unnecessary and costly repairs and problems later. Gutters need to be in a good state of repair and clear of debris.

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Protect That Valuable Property

The roof of a building occupies at least as much space as the ground footprint of the building, and all water on it needs to be collected, drained, and moved away from the building without damaging the rest of the building or the grounds. This protects everything from the roof to the curb: eaves, soffits, windows, balconies, entrances, foundations, walkways and landscaping. It also ensures that there’s no standing water to attract insects, vermin, etc.

When water is not thoroughly and promptly removed, you risk serious damage. Wood rot and mould can occur, which are unsafe and difficult to treat. Water can work its way into the structure and cause widespread damage, even getting into walls. All of these can mean expensive repairs and very unhappy clients and residents. Unlike individual homeowners, who might accept responsibility for damages and tolerate the disruption of replacements, your clients and residents expect proactive maintenance of their investments and residences.

Clogged gutters can cause:

  • debris to collect and plants to grow in the gutters
  • gutters to sag and connections to break and leak
  • seepage under and damage to the fascia and roof
  • staining of the outside of the building
  • damage to the foundation (cracking, mould, collapse), risking flooding
  • erosion of the soil around shrubs, trees and flower beds

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Hire the professionals

When maintenance requires risky work at height, like cleaning and repairing gutters, an inexperienced person can do more damage than good. Experts will do the job efficiently and safely and use the right tools for the job. Not only that, but a trained professional knows what they are looking for and can spot problems and head them off  before they get worse.

When the work has to be done right the first time, it’s important to pick a company you can trust to care for and protect that valuable asset. If you are in the Vancouver area, that company is Complete Gutters – the experts for all gutter repairs and services.

Contact us today to find out more and book your gutter cleaning or gutter repair appointment.

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Clogged Gutters are a Hazard gutters and downspout on homeTypically, it’s recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice a year, in autumn and spring. This is simply because a lot of debris is collected in the eavestroughs and downspouts during these times, and if you don’t take care of it, it could cause major problems down the line, damaging your walls, foundation, and other elements. Let’s take a look at some symptoms that show you that your gutters are suffering from “allergies,” and why you should treat those symptoms as soon as possible. Poorly Maintained Gutters Cause Leaky Roofs The gutters of your home are easily clogged up by various types of debris, branches, leaves, ice, and even small animals. If your gutters are clogged, our lovely Vancouver rain could cause some major problems, as rainwater accumulates inside the gutter and tries to find a place to escape. One of the biggest problems this could cause is leaky roofs. The water seeps through the roof and goes on to damage your walls, plaster, and insulation. The moisture allows mould to develop, which can have negative effects on your health, worsening your allergies and more. Flooding in Your Basement and Around Your Home cleaning gutters filled with leaves and debrisWater always tries to find lower ground to escape to, and if the gutters are blocked, there are two things that could happen. Either the water will overflow from the gutters, flooding your garden, and pooling around your home; or the water will escape to your basement due to a leak. Both of these problems can be avoided by following a spring cleaning check-list, and ensuring that gutters are clean and well-maintained. Pesky Pests Gutters provide a safe shelter for various kinds of animals that spring up around this time of year. It’s not uncommon for birds, rodents, and others to start building nests in your gutters, as the branches and leaves that build up in them provide them with an ideal home. They then move on to introduce insects and various other kinds of pests into your home, and this can be extremely difficult to deal with. Allergy Medicine for Your Gutters The best way to ensure that your gutters are healthy and functional is to invest in their maintenance.