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Spring gutter maintenance things to look out for

Even though they’re ‘out of sight and out of mind’ for the majority of the time, your gutters actually play a huge role in the structural integrity of your building, and doing regular gutter cleaning is a great way to avoid the potentially costly expense of gutter repairs.

Gutters have one job: to guide rainwater off your roof and straight down the drain. Despite their importance, though, it can be all too easy to forget about organising gutter maintenance, until something goes wrong. If your gutters become clogged or broken, the results can be serious: not only could you end up with structural damage, the resulting damp can cause health issues for anyone within the building. We’ve made a list of some things to look out for this Spring…

[1] Can you see any obvious gutter blockages

Start by having a walk around your building, looking at the gutters and downpipes. If you can see any of your gutters from an upstairs window then look from there too. This way you should be able to determine if there is any obvious gutter blockage.

Your gutters protect your building throughout the year, making sure that water flows off the roof and onto the ground below. According to the Met Office Climate data from 2015, over the 30 year period, there were 106.5 days of rainfall per year on average, so imagine how much water could seep into your building if your gutters aren’t working. Gutter maintenance ensures that your building will stay water-free.

[2] Leaking gutter joints

Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are one of the most common causes of damp in buildings across the UK. Leaks can occur when bits of debris get caught in the joints, or simply from general wear and tear. If you’re experiencing damp in your property, it’s a good idea to check your gutters before you do anything else to see if that’s what’s causing the problem.

[3] Sagging gutters

Sagging gutters occur when the gutter becomes weighed down by debris and standing water, or when there are rusty screws and faulty brackets. Frequent gutter cleaning can highlight these problems: your gutter cleaning expert will easily be able to check how sturdy they are by examining the downpipe on the ground, and if anything feels a little loose you can take precautions before any real damage occurs.  

[4] Is the exterior wall green, discoloured, or mouldy?

When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it’s important to remember one simple fact, regular gutter maintenance means you are less susceptible to damage. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing business owners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and can be dead animals. One simple way to tell if you need gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it’s raining – if water is running down the side of your property, it’s likely that your gutters are blocked.

[5]  Hidden gutter problems

Finally, don’t assume that because you haven’t got any of the external signs that your gutters are blocked that there aren’t any issues. Unfortunately, some of the worst damage caused by blocked gutters happens within the building, or out of sight until it’s too late!

If you have got a leaky roof, or water marks appearing on the ceilings, don’t assume that tiling or the roof itself is automatically at fault. A common problem with blocked gutters is that the rainwater has nowhere to go so backs up under the roof causing internal problems with leaks and mould. If you’ve got these property problems then get your gutters checked for a blockage as this will likely be your simplest solution.

Gutter maintenance is a year-round job, however, often coming out of the winter months people feel that gutter cleaning is unnecessary. Spring is a great time to consider gutter maintenance after the harsh winters and the UK’s unpredictable spring.

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