We may have just enjoyed the warmest day of the year so far, but don’t pack away the brollies just yet! Even though we’re entering Spring, it doesn’t look like the weather is going to turn for the better any time soon. With a wet Spring ahead of us, the extremities of your commercial properties will continue to be up against the elements, and when it rains in the UK, it doesn’t just drizzle, it pours. This does not only put a high amount of structural stress on your gutters, but the moist conditions are highly damaging to their integrity. While it is easy to ignore your gutters, it is imperative, especially during wet seasons, that you monitor their health. If issues with your gutters are ignored, it can cause considerable damage to the property, potentially resulting in an expensive gutter and structural repair. To help you spot a gutter suffering from damp weather conditions, we have listed the top five fundamental indicators gutters suffering from corrosion.
You may have already noticed small cracks appearing on gutter surfaces, and chosen to ignore them. However, in doing so, you are allowing the cracks to develop to the point where the gutters are beyond repair. Eventually, the cracks will split, allowing the contents of the gutters to seep into the external structure. This can cause a combination of rot and mould, inevitably weakening the property.
A failing gutter can sometimes be recognised by bubbling or peeling paint on the internal or external walls of the property. If the area of damage is accessible without physical risk, inspect the signs of damage which could be deriving from a gutter. Bubbling or peeling paint is also an indication that moisture has now penetrated the properties internal composition, weakening the structure.
Water damage is easily identifiable on the internal surface ground of the commercial property. However, if the property provides access to a basement or its foundations, it is imperative that these areas are inspected. The property’s foundations act to transfer the buildings gravity loads to the earth, if corroded, they are susceptible to distortion.
When rainwater becomes stagnant in a gutter, the bacteria encourages plants and insects to occupy the space. If you notice a buildup of these organic materials, it can either indicate corrosion or a blocked gutter. Likewise, rust suggests that metal joints and fixtures are failing as a result of excess moisture. It is important to schedule a gutter cleaning when you notice any of these signs.
It is not uncommon for fixtures to fall from gutters due to general wear and tear, hence why you should always schedule regular gutter inspections. However, if you notice particular fixtures coming apart regularly, or you start to notice fixtures regularly falling to the ground, it is probable that your gutters are suffering from corrosion. The falling of nails or screws indicates that the gutters are not holding onto the fascia effectively, so it is likely that the corrosion is deriving from this area.