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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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How to Tell if Your Gutters Are in Need of a Cleaning Service

by Melvin Owens

Gutter cleaning is an integral part of proper roof maintenance. By cleaning your gutters, you ensure that rainwater flows freely without creating undue pressure on your roof – something that can cause leaks and structural damage on your roofing structure. To tell if you need this service, check the helpful pointers below.

Your gutters haven't been cleaned in a while

At a minimum, you should have your gutters cleaned twice a year. The best times to do so are right before the winter and fall seasons when your gutters will be busiest. If you haven't had your gutters cleaned in a while, seek the services of a roofing plumber. Also remember that the longer you put off the service, the more dirt your gutters will accumulate and the more you're likely to be charged when you eventually get it done.

Water from your gutters is dirty

Another indicator that your gutters need cleaning is the condition of the water coming from them. This is especially important if you have a rainwater tank. You want to make sure that the water you're using for laundry, landscaping or livestock feeding is not contaminated with dust, rust, debris or algae.

You have an aging roof

Old roofs are not necessarily dirtier that newer roofs. However, as your roof ages, it starts to wear and some of the roofing particles may find their way into your gutters. For example, the paint on old metal roofs may peel and drain to your gutter. Older metal roofs will also rust and contaminate your gutter water.

Shingles too will wear and lose their aggregate matter to the gutter. The same can be said of clay tiles as well. Mold and algae are also more likely to be found on older roofs. All this dirt will blend in your gutters and cause water contamination and poor drainage.

You have trees over your roof

Another sign of gutters that need cleaning is trees over your roof. Trees can drop hundreds of leaves and flowers on your roof over several months' time. Anytime it rains, these leaves and flowers will collect on your gutters where they may block the drainage. Over time, they will decompose and stick to the gutters, making it harder to get rid of the dirt.

If you're not sure you need gutter cleaning, ask companies like Aussie Plumbing & Gutters for a gutter inspection service. This service will let you find out the full condition of your gutters, including any damage that needs to be fixed.