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Stormy weather: How can gutter cleaning protect your property from summer storms?

The nation and most of Europe is currently basking in a heatwave.

Record-breaking temperatures have been recorded across the continent, and there’s no sign of a cool-down any time soon. In the UK, the high temperatures brought with them a nationwide yellow warning for thunderstorms – which could spell bad news for your commercial property.

Extreme temperatures, torrential downpours and lightning can all be detrimental to the integrity of your property’s guttering – especially if you haven’t been conducting regular gutter cleaning or routine gutter maintenance

Even if the weather is dry, it doesn’t mean that your gutters are safe from harm. High temperatures can dry out guttering and any debris that has accumulated in them, meaning that when it rains, they’re more likely to leak, floor or overflow.

Your gutters play a significant role in protecting your commercial or industrial property. So, if the stormy weather continues, make sure your building is prepared – here are some of our top tips. 

#1. Have your gutters inspected by a professional

If you think that your gutters aren’t up to standard and won’t be able to deal with extreme weather, contact a professional gutter maintenance service to organise and conduct a thorough inspection.

A gutter maintenance contractor will be able to take a more in-depth look at the condition of your guttering. If any serious issues have arisen, then they will be able to make an informed decision as to how best to proceed. From there, organising subsequent gutter cleaning or gutter repairs is vital.   

During periods of good weather, it is worth keeping in mind that you can conduct some initial gutter inspections from the ground. Serious problems that have previously gone undetected – like broken downspouts or loose screws – are easily seen by simply looking up. 

#2. Carry out necessary gutter repairs

If your gutter inspection reveals hidden issues, then carrying out the required gutter repairs is essential. You want to ensure that your guttering can cope with the demands of extreme weather without putting unnecessary stress on your property.

Here at UK Gutters, remedial gutter repairs can be carried out as part of a routine gutter maintenance service. We can fix leaking gutter joints, repair holes in guttering and pipes and realign downspouts. Plus, as we’ve said before, carrying out gutter repairs in summer is also safer.

We also understand that bigger problems – like emergency gutter repairs – need to be addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our reactive response units are located nationwide, to guarantee that your problems can be rectified by one of our two-man emergency gutter repair teams. 

#3. Preventative gutter maintenance is imperative

Unsurprisingly, the most effective and cost-efficient methods of preparing your property for summer storms is by conducting regular gutter maintenance and biannual gutter cleaning

Carrying out regular gutter maintenance can ensure that your property is prepared to deal with any form of bad weather. By making your property’s gutters a key part of your property’s strategic facilities management plan, you will be minimising the likelihood of faults occurring in the first place.

To summarise… 

Even though you may be enjoying the pleasant weather, your property probably isn’t. 

When storms are forecast, ensuring that your guttering can direct the flow of water away from your property efficiently is vital. Carrying out gutter cleaning can clear debris and other blockages from gutters and downspouts. Plus, carrying out gutter maintenance can stop small problems escalating into serious issues. Combined, these services will keep your guttering in peak condition. 

Our national gutter maintenance and regular gutter cleaning services are second to none! If this summer’s heatwave is wreaking havoc with your guttering, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 046 1376, or email us at info@ukgutters.co.uk.