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Make gutter maintenance part of your New Year’s resolution

Entering into a New Year, it almost seems necessary to set yourself a resolution. A resolution can come in many forms, but regardless of the commitment, all resolutions are designed to change a bad habit and set a goal to improve life in the New Year. If you are a facilities manager and found it a struggle to keep on top of your gutter maintenance regime in 2017, why not set this as your resolution for 2018? Save yourself the stress of expensive emergency gutter repairs, and assure the scheduling of a gutter maintenance inspection, biannually. Due to this being a high-risk process, it is always advised that inspections and general maintenance are carried out by a professional gutter cleaning service. This way, you can obtain peace of mind, knowing that your gutters are up to scratch, whatever the weather.

Not convinced? Check out our top five reasons as to why gutter maintenance should be one of your top priorities, as a building or facilities manager.

No.1 Effects of debris

A buildup of debris causes gutter congestion, and as a result, it overflows. The blockage does not only put a strain on gutter fixtures, but the excess water will be absorbed by the building’s structure. This can cause external rotting to features such as the roof, a structurally integral element to the building, and difficult, as well as expensive, to repair. The overflow can also result in internal flooding, which can cause damage to electrics as well as any contents held within the commercial property. You should never carry out a debris extraction yourself, but instead contact a professional gutter cleaning service to so. A professional gutter maintenance provider will possess the appropriate skills and tools to remove blockages safely and without further damage to the property.

No.2 Safeguard building integrity

Clogged gutters from seasonal changes, or damaged gutters from neglection, create complications; with the gutters purpose of guiding excess water away from the commercial property’s integral building features. When roof water reaches the point of overflowing, it finds the quickest route to the ground, which in most cases, is through the roof and into the building’s foundations. In doing so, the water can cause internal flooding as well as weakening the building’s foundations, inevitably exhausting its overall structure.

No.3 Business presentation

Damaged or overflowing gutters are often obvious to observers. Stained external walls and evidence of rotting or moulding features do not only harm the building’s structure, but also can also make your business appear unprofessional and shabby. If your commercial property has regular visits from customers, clients, investors or prospective employees, a discoloured structure reflects badly on the business’s reputability. A commercial property that receives a biannual gutter cleaning service will reduce the possibility of external damage and will leave a positive lasting impression.

No.4 Health & Safety

An unqualified individual should never attempt to inspect or carry out gutter maintenance work on a commercial property. Gutter inspections are necessary, as a damaged gutter may be a threat to people on the ground. With the poor weather conditions over the autumn and winter period, it is likely that your gutters integrity has deteriorated during this time. This may come in the form of cracks due to the freezing process, or weakened fixtures due to debris weight or abrasive wind. A gutter cleaning professional will be able to inspect a gutter and assess as to whether the gutter needs repairs or replacing, to avoid detached pipes from damaging property or injuring people.

No.5 Save money

Enlisting a professional gutter maintenance service on a contractual basis, is highly recommended. This preventative method will allow for a professional and thorough gutter cleaning to be carried out, preparing your gutters for the damaging cold and rainy months. As we know, poorly maintained gutters cause a number of problems that result in the need for an expensive emergency gutter repair service, which can be avoided if professional bi-annual inspections and maintenance work is upheld.

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