Having the gutters cleared out is not something that’s at the top of our list of priorities or, for that matter, even on our list at all unless, of course, we can see an obvious problem. Out of sight, out of mind? Hmmm!. Surely, we’d rather spend our spare time on enjoying the finer things in life such as family time!
Unfortunately it is something as a homeowner or business owner, that really does need to be considered. The effects of a blocked or dysfunctioning gutter can be very expensive and of course time consuming to rectify.
The Gutters main function is to channel water from the roof directly to the downpipe and drains. The reason for this is to prevent water running down the property/premises which in time could cause damp and damage to your property. Damp within the walls could also cause health issues.
Blocked Gutters – Gutters can easily become blocked. The process of abscission (trees, plants etc shedding their leaves) can cause havoc and can fill up the Gutters and block the downpipes easily. Birds dropping seeds as they pass by can then turn into unwanted ‘friends’ in the gutters. Tennis Balls are a regular occurrence when we have cleared Gutters. Great height for a volley but that’s all it’s good for!
Damaged Gutters – Gutters can easily become damaged. The weight of excessive debris in the Gutters that then become wet can cause a great strain on the Gutter joints and can damage the brackets that hold up the Gutters. If the weight causes strain, the small gaps can then hold debris which can make the problem worse.
We as a company (as well as others), recommend that the gutters on property or premises are cleared out once a year. In our opinion, the ideal time is after the Autumn when the leaves have stopped falling. This will of course help prevent the build up of debris etc therefore less pressure on the gutters and fixings.