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Facilities managers beware! Three serious gutter problems to look out for

As we mentioned in our last blog, we’re finally starting to see warmer temperatures, clearer skies and a lot less snow as we head into spring!

While we’re still not out of the woods with the ongoing pandemic, we can all take comfort in the fact that lighter evenings and warmer days are coming, as we trade in the beast from the east for what will hopefully be a milder and brighter summer.

The warmer weather gives us all a chance to spend more time outdoors – and we can’t think of any better activity to do outside than to check your gutters!

In all seriousness, spring is a great time to check your gutters for any debris, water damage or plant growth.

In particular, facilities managers who are responsible for maintaining the integrity of their commercial or industrial buildings (and therefore responsible for employees who work within them) should use spring as an ample opportunity to book in some much-needed gutter maintenance.

Regular gutter maintenance is crucial to keeping your building in tip-top condition. If you keep putting minor issues off, they can very quickly materialise into much bigger problems, which can end up costing you and your business significant amounts of time and money in the long run.

With this in mind, we’ve whipped up this handy little guide which outlines the three serious problems that could spell imminent disaster. If you notice any of these problems, get in touch right away before it’s too late!

Corrosion

In order to protect the structure of the building, many gutters are fitted using metal systems. These are advantageous; but can rust if left untreated for too long. And what does rust lead to?

You guessed it, corrosion.

If you notice any corrosion, your best bet is to call in the experts. At UK Gutters, we recommend installing a waterproof membrane as a gutter lining, which ensures that moisture does not come into direct contact with the gutters. We will typically recommend a gutter lining based on the weather at the time of installation.

Blocked downpipes

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Blocked downpipes are of course a key contributor to damage, and if they’re left alone too long, the buildup of debris and water could spell disaster for your property.

Despite this, blocked downpipes aren’t the most obvious to spot. We’d always recommend investing in routine gutter maintenance so we can identify these issues as early as possible. If you aren’t that lucky, and you’re experiencing serious problems, we’d be more than happy to help with an emergency gutter repair.

Weak joints

A particularly relevant problem for older buildings, weak joints occur as a result of wear and tear over the years. This isn’t to say, however, that they aren’t unavoidable.

Leave weak joints alone at your own peril; you’ll only end up paying the price when your gutters eventually fail.

At UK Gutters, our team will inspect your joints for areas of weakness as part of a routine gutter maintenance service. Typically, we would recommend applying a silicone-based liquid over the joints, or in extreme cases, replacing the guttering system altogether.

To summarise…

If you’re a facilities manager who starts to see any of the above issues when carrying out your regular checks this spring, pick up the phone today! It’s better to invest in a routine gutter maintenance service or emergency gutter repair service now than to ignore the problems and put your building and employees at risk.

In these turbulent times, we’re playing our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases by implementing extra safety measures when carrying out gutter repairs during the pandemic.

Our teams are on-hand up and down the UK, and the safety of our staff and clients is our utmost priority. For more information, you can read our COVID-19 statement here.

IF YOU’RE EXPERIENCING GUTTER PROBLEMS THIS SPRING – DON’T LEAVE IT TO CHANCE, GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR TEAM TODAY TO FIND OUT HOW WE CAN HELP YOU.