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If you are having issues with your gutters not draining, the solution may be to install additional downpipes.
Downpipes can be installed in a variety of locations.
Water can then drain from your gutter to an appropriate location.
Gardens can be a suitable area to release water.
Grates can be a suitable area to release water, provided they are cleaned regularly.
We can also attach downpipes to existing downpipes, already installed.
If you are having issues with your gutters not draining, then there may be blockages within your downpipes...
The roofing & guttering industry does not seem to comprehend, that items other than water will enter your downpipes.
That debris needs to be able to exit your downpipes.
It does not take much for a blockage to occur and if not identified...
can lead to the downpipe filling with water....
the gutter then filling with water...
the water back-flowing over the rear of the gutter and penetrating your roof cavity....
If it can get in.... it needs to be able to get out....
The above photos are from a gutter clean. The only reason that I became aware of the problem, was because the water from flushing the gutters had filled up the downpipe and began to flood the gutter.
If we are not able to clear any blockages, you will be notified as a plumber will be required to clear any blockages underground....
Anything sitting on your roof will be come a dam and trap debris.
From downpipes/spreaders to AC ducting, if it is sitting on your roof, it is trapping debris.
We recommend any downpipe/spreader installed to be elevated off the roof, using galvanised metal brackets.
Water tanks are now mandatory for new developments.
It appears that the design of the plumbing to transfer the water from the roof and gutters, is to run all of the downpipes to horizontal transfer pipes underground.
Somebody obviously did not watch the Curiosity Show
A dry stick will remain a dry stick and dry leaf will remain a dry leaf for a long period of time.
A wet stick and a wet leaf will start to decompose when wet and break down into dirt. The circle of life
Sticks, leaves, dust and dirt all fall into your gutters. This is why we need to clean your gutters. With rainfall this debris will get washed to your downpipes.
Sediment will settle at the lowest point, water will continue to flow on top of the sediment.
Water will not be able to push the sediment to the top of the outlet pipe.
Over time, continual build up of sediment, will eventually block the water transfer pipes.
How do we know this?
Whilst performing a gutter clean at the flushing stage, a downpipe on a second storey roof filed up.
The downpipe was connected to the water tank via underground transfer pipes.
Over time the amount of sediment washed into the downpipes, had settled in the horizontal transfer pipe and created a blockage.
If you have a water capture system of this nature, we recommend installation of access points, as eventually the horizontal transfer pipe will become blocked.
The images presented represent your underground transfer pipes.
The first image is of sediment shaken up within the glass jar.
The second image illustrates how over time the sediment has settled to the bottom.
The jar is vertical, your transfer pipes are horizontal. As sediment will continue to be washed into your transfer pipes, eventually your pipes will become blocked.
Forever Clean Aust. has presented this information as we have discovered a problem with the current system and safeguards are not being installed to deal with the issue.