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Gutter maintenance tips you need to know this winter

Make sure your gutters are clear!

For gutters to fulfil their purpose, roofs and downspouts must be completely clear of leaves and debris. As a result of the excessive foliage and hazardous weather conditions that winter brings, it is a considerably more destructive period for your gutters. A professional gutter cleaning is always recommended, especially during winter. However, there are ways to prevent the need for excessive gutter cleaning services.

Below are our top five tips for gutter maintenance, as well as preventative methods to ensure that your gutters are preserved and that the need for a gutter cleaning service is kept to a minimum. 

No.1 Rake up leaves

A thick layer of leaves on the ground surface of your commercial land is not only unsightly but damaging, too. When leaves begin to decompose, they can invite pests and diseases. Furthermore, leaves can be carried by the wind and become lodged in your gutters, causing blockages, which if left unattended, can produce rot on the structure of your commercial property. This can make future gutter maintenance more difficult and expensive.

No.2 Don’t let gutter problems escalate

Our recommended periods for routine gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance services are always following Autumn and Winter; this is due to an increase in debris, poor weather conditions and other hazards that are likely to affect the structural integrity of your property. However, if you do notice an issue at any point, it’s essential to have it resolved promptly, as the Autumn and Winter seasonal conditions will only worsen any existing problems you already have.

No.3 Book your gutter maintenance services in advance

Gutter maintenance should always be carried out during the day, and as such, with reduced daylight hours, winter becomes an extremely busy time for gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance services. Booking your gutter maintenance services in advance, before you have even identified an issue is a sure fire way to ensure any issues can be prevented, identified or resolved before they get worse. Although it is possible to operate a gutter maintenance inspection during normal working times, It is best to book gutter maintenance and gutter cleaning services during quiet periods on site, as this will reduce the health and safety risks to those working below.

No.4 Test downspouts

If your guttering systems are safe to access, or you are qualified to work at height, testing your downspouts is a good way to determine the level of maintenance required on your gutters during the winter period. After inspecting the amount of foliage and debris, use a hosepipe to investigate whether the downspouts are clogged. If they are, there will be an immediate backlog of water. Therefore, it is necessary to slowly release the water into the gutters as this additional water could contribute further to any damage the gutters may already have. If the water runs freely into the drains, and no leaves or debris is passed out, then your gutters aren’t experiencing any clogging. It is always best to contact a gutter cleaning and gutter maintenance professional, especially if you are unsure, and definitely if it is unsafe to inspect the guttering systems yourself.

No.5 Keep an eye on weather conditions

As we approach winter, heavy downpours and the cold weather can expose gutter problem areas. Blocked gutters allow for pools of water to build up, which in turn can freeze. The freezing process causes the gutters to expand and retract, which damages the integrity of the gutters. This generates cracks, allowing water to gain access to your commercial property, potentially damaging its structure. Furthermore, the increased wind pressure during winter can potentially loosen gutter fixtures, creating a hazard not only to the structure of the building but also to people at ground level.

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