Maintaining Your Gutters All year Round
August 18, 2016 – by Tony Earnshaw
Maintaining your property’s guttering isn’t one of the most glamorous or enjoyable tasks associated with home ownership, but taking time to keep on top of things now can help prevent serious problems and costly repairs or replacement jobs at a later date. Here are some simple ways in which you can keep your gutters running smoothly and address any issues as soon as they appear.
Check Your Guttering Regularly
The best time to check your guttering functions is during heavy rain. Head outside and walk around your entire property, carefully looking at every section of guttering and keeping an eye out for leaks or overflowing sections. Simple leaks can often be repaired by a competent DIYer, but serious damage might mean the entire section needs replacing. If you notice any overflowing, a blockage is the most likely cause, so check it out when the rain stops. Check downpipes if there is no sign of a debris build-up in the gutters themselves, as larger objects or heavy build-ups can clog the downpipe.
It’s also important to regularly check your guttering in dry conditions. Watch for cracks, loose joints, rust and any damage to the fixings that secure your guttering to your property walls.
Keeping Your Gutters Clean
Gutters are notorious for collecting build-ups of dirt, leaves and other debris. The damp conditions of guttering are also the perfect breeding ground for moss. As you can’t see into your guttering from the ground, you’ll need to head up a ladder to inspect and clear your gutters. The level of debris you can expect to find will vary hugely depending on where you live. If you’re in a greener environment with lots of plants and trees, you will find your gutters fill up with leaves far more quickly than in more urban areas. Don a sturdy pair of gloves, grab a heavy duty bin bag and scoop out any dirt and debris from your gutters regularly to keep them functioning satisfactorily.
All posts by Tony Earnshaw
Since single-handedly forming the UK Commercial Group a decade ago, Tony Earnshaw has remained at the helm – overseeing the company’s developments and making all of the plays necessary to remain at the forefront of a highly competitive industry.
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