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Autumn leaves causing a blocked gutter? Here’s what you should do…

RIP to your summer wardrobe and hello to layers and pumpkins. Yes, Autumn has commenced, and with this seasonal change brings probably one of the biggest nuisances to any facilities manager… leaves! Despite the perfect appearance of an autumnal leaf making an Instagram upload so very aesthetically pleasing, the reality is, that this ‘litter’ can put your commercial property at risk of losing its structural integrity. With the wrath of Storm Brian’s 70mph winds and heavy downpours over, ensuring guttering is fulfilling its purpose as well as not posing a hazard, is essential. For a guaranteed safety and quality check, contact us for an emergency gutter cleaning.

What to do if you suspect a blocked gutter

Due to the risk of structural damage as well as the physical risk to you personally, do not attempt to inspect nor extract a blockage yourself. It is recommended that if you suspect a blockage in your gutter, that you contact a professional gutter maintenance service to organise an emergency gutter clean. If you have found mold within your commercial or industrial property, it is likely that this has stemmed from a blocked gutter. An emergency gutter cleaning service is the first stage in locating the problem.

Your gutter maintenance expert will identify the severity of the blockage by examining the gutter with a polypropylene tool, which is non-abrasive to the gutter. They will then examine the situation further, using a hosepipe to gently release water into the gutter. This will also identify whether there is damage to the gutters seams. After the initial unblocking of the gutter, a member of our team will discuss with you the correct preventative steps to take if you wish to keep on top of your gutter maintenance requirements.

Implications of a blocked gutter

In addition to the unsightly appearance of a gutter clogged with rotten shrubbery, an accumulation of leaves dampened by the wet weather could result in a blocked gutter. You may have already noticed this on your property, and believe that your gutter will do its purpose and flush away the congestion. However, leaves naturally absorb water, increasing their weight and surface area, which causes them to bind. If left unattended, this blockage will result in an overflow of rainwater, producing rot as well as spawn species of fungi. As the rot digests the outer extremities of your building, the structure will lose its strength, leading to a build-up of damp and mold internally. These implications do not only cause health risks such as asthma but can also devalue your property as well as any assets inside. If your property features a wooden structure, you are particularly at risk, and will likely require more regular gutter maintenance services.

Future prevention

We recommend that you carry out gutter maintenance twice a year, as a minimum. This accounts for an inspection once when the first substantial amount of leaves fall, and the other when the cold weather has passed, and we enter into spring. This will reduce the risk of blockages throughout the year, but allows plenty of time to schedule emergency gutter cleaning if required. For prevention, maintain your outdoor space, ensuring that debris cannot be blown into the guttering. If you have neighbours with a large amount of greenery then swept up leafs can be unavoidable, however, installing a gutter guard can prevent leaves from blocking the internals of the guttering. With regards to the guttering itself, ensure that the bad weather has not impaired the screws and brackets via a ground level inspection. A guttering system which is damaged in this way is usually visible in some way from ground level. If there is a backlog or a leakage of water, an emergency gutter cleaning is advised immediately.

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