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Common Signs of Blocked Gutters

As summer draws to a close and temperatures dip and winds pick up, your gutters are likely to suffer during the months ahead. For this reason, we recommend investing in a professional gutter cleaning now to avoid the situation quickly escalating later in the year.

We do not advise trying to inspect your gutters yourself from a height, however, there are a number of telltale signs which can be observed safely from ground level, to decipher if your gutters are clogged or require maintenance or cleaning.

Birds and pests

Bodies of water and damp areas are notorious for attracting insects and if you’re not careful this can quickly escalate into an infestation. Where gutters go uncleaned or are suffering from clogs and a build-up of natural waste, you may notice an increased number of flies, gnats or midges. Particularly in public facing buildings and warehouses, this can be to the detriment of the business and result in customers going elsewhere.

Birds are also partial to residing in gutters, due to the suitability of the location for building a nest. Due to the safe, isolated and elevated spot that your gutters can provide, birds are regularly often drawn to make nests there. If there are still birds and chicks still residing in the next, it is advised that you contact your local wildlife rescue of RSPB centre for initial advice for removal. If the nest is abandoned, then a professional gutter clean can remove the obstacle from the area and ensure that no damage has occurred to the building or guttering.

If you see or hear an increase in bird activity around your gutters, this could be a sign that your gutters could be blocked with nesting materials. If there are no birds present you may notice overflowing water, sagging pipes or external wall colouration, which could be a sign that a nest has become stuck inside the pipe.

The presence of birds can also result in rotting pipes due to the droppings that have a high acidity and can cause major damage to metal if left untreated. Often this can be identified by the smell of the matter if noticed a gutter cleaning should be booked in as soon as possible to address the issue.

Water overflow

Where water is regularly overflowing from your gutters, in a similar fashion to a waterfall, this could be a tell-tale sign that your gutters are blocked. An obstruction can force water up and over the brim of the gutter and result in damage to the area below and the adjoining walls.

This type of overflow can result in water leaking into the building and, if applicable, flooding cellar or basement storage during periods of, particularly heavy rain.

Plant growth

When looking up at your gutters from below, you may notice a small garden protruding from the edges. Excessive plant growth in your gutters is one of the obvious signs of a clogged drainpipe or gutter. When seeds and debris accumulate, this forms the ideal growth environment for plants. Without carefully attention and clearing, this can lead to further problems and growth, resulting in costly repairs.

Ensuring that you enlist professional gutter cleaning services to remove these as soon as possible is key to maintaining the health of your gutters and prevent further damage to your property.

If you have noticed any of these telltale signs of gutter clogs or it has been a long time since your last gutter cleaning, get in touch with UK Gutters today to book your next gutter maintenance and cleaning service.