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Are your gutters ready for the summer storms?

The summer heatwave is approaching its bitter end, and the cooler temperatures are setting in. However, before we bid farewell to summer altogether, we have to endure the transitional period. During this time, low, warm air merges with cold air above, creating those eye-catching, but dangerous summer storms. The torrential downpours and strong winds can be detrimental to the fixtures of gutters and can pose a significant threat to the commercial property’s structure as well as people at ground level. Therefore, to reduce the danger of damage or injury, we have listed our top tips in preparation for summer storms!

No.1 Keep an eye on weather patterns

An indication of the transition between summer and a colder climate is the byproduct of increased wind forces and more torrential downpours. Both of which have a direct impact on the integrity of gutters. The increased wind power can loosen gutter joints as well as the fixtures that connect them to the property, and with the combination of this and the increased volume of debris getting lodged within the gutters, it considerably increases the risk of failure.

No.2 Monitor gutters

While there are extended hours of sunlight, there is no better time to monitor your gutters than now. At ground level, you can inspect the conditions of downspouts, as well as the building’s exterior itself. Cracks or water stains on the external walls of the commercial property can indicate that there is damage to the gutters. Any loose screws at ground level can also suggest that the gutter fixtures are failing, and might be a cause of the exterior water damage.

An additional inspection that can be carried out that won’t pose a threat to health and safety is the testing of downspouts. As there has been little rain over the past few weeks, it may be difficult to notice whether the property is at risk of water damage as a result of failing gutters. By using a hose, you can inject water into the gutters to determine blockages as well as cracks in the gutter facade. If any of these issues have been identified, it is essential that you do not let the problems escalate.

No.3 Prevention

The most efficient and cost-effective means of having your gutters prepared for summer storms is scheduling regular gutter maintenance and cleanings. By doing so, you significantly reduce the risk of faults to arise. Routine gutter maintenance will allow for gutters to be consistently efficient, and any needed repairs will be identified and carried out by a professional gutter maintenance expert before issues are allowed to develop. Furthermore, regular inspections can prepare your gutters for the more detrimental period of winter!

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