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Gutter maintenance mistakes to avoid

There are numerous dangers associated with gutter maintenance, not just with regards to a building’s structure but also to the safety of those working in and around the property. It is essential that the risks are minimised as low as possible with professional and regular gutter maintenance services. We’ve listed the top five gutter maintenance mistakes, so you know what to avoid to ensure your gutters and commercial property remains safe.

No.1 Not employing a professional gutter maintenance expert

Due to the level of knowledge and intricate labour required to complete gutter maintenance, it is essential that an experienced team is employed to carry out the necessary work. Unqualified individuals that have little experience, especially with regards to large-scale properties, pose a massive threat to the building’s structure, as well as to health and safety. An individual with little training and knowledge of gutter cleaning could damage your gutters further, potentially increasing the cost of the service. Furthermore, by hiring someone without the correct accreditations, you may be liable for any damage they cause on-site, both to the property and themselves.

No.2 Hiring a gutter maintenance team with a power pole

When completing gutter cleanings, especially at large or commercial properties, it is essential that the gutter maintenance team has a power pole. A power pole allows pressurised water to be injected into gutters, quickly and efficiently flushing out loose debris and blockages. A power pole is also a fall prevention piece of equipment, as it enables the member of the gutter maintenance team to remain safely at ground level while carrying out the cleaning. This significantly reduces the risk of an accident on your property.

No.3 Not checking whether the gutter maintenance company has the necessary health & safety certifications

For the most efficient and trustworthy gutter maintenance service, it is necessary to employ a team of professionals, equipped with up to date health and safety qualifications and training. Without this, you could be liable for any accidents that occur on your property. At UK Gutters, we are committed to working safely and responsibly. All of our team members have undergone comprehensive and regular training and appraisals to ensure that we operate under the HSE Working at Height regulations and HSG33.

All work is carried out by our experienced two-man teams who hold skill cards for IPAF or PASMA, and are all trained in first aid. Furthermore, we have a dedicated Health and Safety Manager who ensures that site risk assessments are completed and that we are always complying with legislation.

No.4 Thinking you don’t need regular gutter cleaning and maintenance work

Scheduling biannual gutter maintenance services are necessary for the longevity of your gutters. Without regular maintenance, it is likely that your gutters will be prone to blockages and general wear and tear, which is can become detrimental to the structure of your commercial property. Regular inspections can ensure that repairs are carried out promptly and gutters are prepared for changes seasonal weather changes.

No.5 Ignoring gutter issues

It is easy to fall into the habit of neglecting your gutters, particularly with them residing high above your eyeline. However, if your gutters are rarely inspected, or even worse, you are suspicious of damaged gutters and do not act on them, you could be putting the structure’s integrity, as well as those working in the area, at risk of harm. The longer gutters are left neglected, the increased likelihood of corrosion and blockages occurring. If neglected long enough, the damage may not be reversible, and a full gutter replacement will be required. This could be avoided by biannual, economical gutter maintenance inspections.

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