Think about the last time you thought about your gutters? I’ll just wait right here while you think.

If you’re like most people, you probably can’t remember. Gutters are just … there. Most of the time they just seem ornamental. They attach to the roof and really, that’s it. I mean, why know why they exist: they allow for water to get off the roof and flow into the drains, but really, they just seem so simple that they just blend into obscurity.

But blocked gutters can cause very expensive problems. When water can’t get off your property through the drainage system as it is supposed to, it can cause major issues to the structural integrity of your home. Just remember what water does to metal and wood.

And what is your roof made out of? That’s right. Metal and wood.

If your gutters are blocked, the water will pool, and one of the places it will pool, is your roof. So if you don’t want rot and rust causing roof leaks, here are some ways of determining whether you have a problem with your gutters before it hopefully is a problem:

Check your gutters to see if they are overflowing during normal rain events.

There is a limit to the amount of water a gutter can divert off the roof at any one time, so overflowing gutters can happen during strong rain events. But if they happen during normal to low rain events, then you might have a problem. The water’s clearly not able to flow into the downpipes, which means it could be pooling on your roof, or overflowing down your walls, which is an issue we’ll talk about soon.

Do you notice your gutters drooping from your roof?

Water is actually quite heavy, surprisingly heavy. When it falls like rain, the weight of the water doesn’t matter, as long as it flows off the roof, along the gutters and down the drainpipe. But when a blocked gutter causes water to pool, the accumulation of the water becomes quite heavy. Gutters are not designed to support excessive weight for long periods of time, so they may begin to droop and sag away from your roofs if the water-logged weight of the blockage is too much.

Do you notice insects, birds and rodents spending a lot of time around your gutters?

Blocked gutters usually consist of a handful of things; water, soil and vegetation (e.g. sticks, twigs, leaves etc). Standing water attracts insects, like mosquitoes. The sticks and twigs attract birds who are nesting, as they are good nesting material. And the warm seclusions and protection of a blocked gutters provides safety to small rodents from predators. If you notice these animals and insects spending excessive amounts of time around your gutters, it’s because something is attracting them, and that something might be a blockage of water, soil and vegetation.

Speaking of vegetation, do you notice plants actually growing in your gutters?

As we said in the previous section, blocked gutters usually consist at least of water, soil and vegetation. And what do plants need to grow? Water, soil and sunlight. If your gutters are blocked with water and soil, they are a great place for plants to grow as the third thing they need, sunlight, is in ready supply.

So, if you’ve already noticed any of these things already happening, bringing in the professionals, like these gutter cleaners in Brisbane, may just be the best money you can spend.