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Don’t be Guttered!

Gutters – They Can Play a Large Role in the Health of Our Buildings

Our homes are like living beings… and the roof is the rain hat. Gutters collect the water that come off the roof.

I have been to so many homes that have water damage and mould because of poorly maintained gutters – and this is easy enough to avoid.

What happens when gutters are not maintained?

Generally, they overflow. In some cases, the water can run towards the house and end up in wall cavities!

This is one cause of “hidden mould” and it can still affect your health – even if you can’t see or smell it.

So, what to do?

Simple – create a regular maintenance schedule.

How frequently this needs doing will depend on where you live.

I recommend starting with a quarterly/seasonal clean… and then during autumn/fall more often.