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Is spring the season to focus on commercial gutter cleaning?

The weather throughout January has put us all through our paces. From heavy rain, to snow and ice – it’s safe to say that we’re all looking ahead to spring and the warmer weather!

Spring cleaning should include commercial gutter cleaning, making sure that your gutters are clear of the grit and grime from autumn and winter. Is spring the optimum time to employ a quality gutter cleaning service, or are the other months of the year just as important?

When is the right time to start your gutter cleaning then?

If your building sits underneath a row of trees and your gutters are cleaned out before autumn – all those leaves could well become an issue. When blockages are left unchecked, gutters begin to overflow, spilling water into places it doesn’t belong which can damage guttering permanently.

Commercial and industrial gutter repair is a speciality of ours, so if you’re unfortunate enough to be suffering from damaged gutters this winter – don’t worry, it’s not too late to act! Head to our dedicated repairs page or contact one of the team if you’re concerned about your guttering.

In reality though, as long as your gutters are cleaned at least once a year, then the likelihood of a significant blockage building up is slim. This is why planned preventative maintenance is so important – whichever month of the year you decide to do so.

Let’s look at the gutter cleaning challenges brought by each season

Here’s a breakdown of what each season brings, so that you can make an informed decision for your commercial gutter cleaning schedule in 2021.

Springtime

Drip drip drop! We all know that April showers are certainly not little, and not necessarily even in April anymore! But rainfall in spring is generally pretty heavy; this washes fine debris like silt and sand into your gutters which can easily form a blockage.

Wet sand and silt weighs a lot, and this puts the guttering brackets under unnecessary strain and can result in broken gutters, rather than blocked ones. It also provides a lovely bed for seedlings to take root, which we’re sure you can appreciate – isn’t a good thing!

Summertime

If you didn’t notice growth in spring, then summer is the season you’ll see plants and grasses growing out of the top of your blocked guttering. Rainwater is meant to flow through your guttering, not flow over it – and plants are sure to cause enough of a blockage to cause water to spill over the sides of your guttering.

Autumn

Yep, you guessed it; Leaves! When the winds blow, the leaves fall and rain washes everything into your gutters. Autumn is one of the worst times of year for blockages forming in your guttering, especially in your downpipes – so keep an eye out for overflowing gutters around your downpipes.

Winter

If a blockage didn’t quite form in autumn, then the debris left behind will have had chance to rot by now, creating a solid mass that can block the flow of water. Throw cold temperatures into the mix and the blockage, along with any water within it, will freeze.

This causes guttering to expand and contract, which can cause cracks depending on the material of your gutters. It also adds extra weight, like the silt and sand in spring, which can cause brackets to break, leaks and overflows.

So, which season should you clean your gutters?

The short answer is now!

Whether you’ve noticed a leak or not, prevention is always better than the cure. Employing commercial gutter cleaning before damage occurs will save you money and the trouble in the long run.

Is there an optimum time for gutter cleaning?

Getting rid of the detritus of autumn is probably the most critical job to ensure plain sailing for the rest of the year, but as we’ve explained above – each season brings its own trials and tribulations.

The answer is most likely a routine maintenance contract. Which will ensure that each season’s issues are always dealt with before they become a problem.

To speak with one of our commercial gutter cleaning experts and rid yourself of the worries that blocked, damaged or leaking gutters bring – don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the UK Gutters team today.