We may be entering spring, but that doesn’t mean that we no longer have to worry about the wrath of Winter. The risk of snowfall may be significantly lower, but spring showers and frosty nights still pose a threat to your gutters. Despite this, spring may, in fact, be the perfect season to give the gutters of your commercial property a thorough inspection and cleaning. Spring is not only the season of repair and revival for plant life, but it is also the season of make or break for your gutters. To help you understand how this vital period could save your gutters from future expensive repairs or replacements, follow our guide on gutter cleaning in spring.
We’ve had a considerably brutal winter this year, with too many storms to count! No doubt these storms have caused extensive damage to your gutters, in areas not accessible or visible from ground level. With weather conditions slowly reaching a more temperate climate, it is advised that if you do have concerns regarding the conditions of your gutters, you contact a gutter cleaning service to perform a professional inspection, before damage that has been made has the opportunity to develop further.
The worst might be over, but Spring is still a volatile season for gutters. Despite recovering temperatures, Spring is a very humid season. The humidity allows for a buildup of moisture, contained by any foliage trapped in gutters. If unattended to, this provides the perfect conditions for mould to cultivate. The combination of Spring weather and mould can be detrimental to your gutters but also the integrity of the commercial property’s structure itself. Furthermore, Spring showers can also quicken this process, leading to leaking and a weakened structure.
Spring is the optimal period of replenishing food sources for animals, which is why animal populations boom during this season. One species in particular which takes advantage of this is birds. During spring, various species of birds migrate to the coast and forested areas for greater availability of food. However, birds also source prime locations for breeding, and on many occasions, this includes large structures, such as commercial properties. The roof of a commercial property is ideal for nesting, due to it being sheltered and safe. The increased number of birds results in a heavier volume of droppings, perhaps more than what your gutters can handle. The accumulation of droppings can cause substantial blockages, leading to internal property leaking and weakened gutter fixtures. If you are beginning to notice a greater number of birds using your commercial property perch, it is recommend that you contact a professional gutter cleaning service to assess the situation.
Now that weather conditions are slowly reaching a more temperate climate, and there are more hours of sunlight, it makes Spring a prime opportunity to carry out inspections. Inspections that you can carry out individually include areas that are easily accessible and visible, and do not pose a physical threat – areas such as gutter anchors, downspouts, and general conditions of gutters and property structure. Important things to look out for in particular include sagging or leaking gutters. If you have noticed this occurring, do not attempt an inspection or carry out maintenance. All inspections should be carried out at ground level, and if you can not inspect from this distance, contact a professional gutter cleaning service.