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Having your gutters cleaned might not feature high on your list of home maintenance priorities, but regular upkeep is essential. Gutters are designed to collect and guide rainwater off the roof, down into the drain and away from the building thus preventing potential structural damage. Clogged or damaged gutters can result in expensive repairs so, although they are out of sight they should never be out of mind!
Why do gutters get blocked?
This can be a combination of fallen leaves, moss, twigs, and other debris which can build up over time. Leaves get blown onto the roof, travelling down into the gutters. When wet, leaves can stick to gutter walls and floors and with the flow of rainwater become lodged in corners and down pipes.
Over time leaves will breakdown turning into a fertile compost, the perfect breeding ground for seeds, moss and weeds that have been blown onto the roof or dropped by birds. If left unchecked these invasive weeds can overtake your gutters, blocking the natural flow of water, plugging the down pipe leading to rainwater build up and possible overflow. It is critical that gutters are in good health for the winter to ensure water is free flowing to prevent damage by snow and ice build-up.
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Why does moss grow on the roof?
Moss thrives in shady damp environments, so properties which are north facing or surrounded by overhanging trees tend to receive less daylight and can be susceptible to moss growth. Acting like a sponge, moss retains the water preventing your roof from drying out. Over time, the constant damp caused by moss can permeate the tiles and roof, thereby causing damage. As a haven for insects, moss also attracts birds, who feed on and dislodge the moss sending it tumbling into the gutters.
Can blocked gutters cause property damage?
Clogged gutters can lead to costly property damage if they are not dealt with promptly. Rain water damage can lead to issues such as rotting fascia boards, water damage to walls, windows, ceilings, insulation and even foundation damage. If left unchecked water can permeate through to the internal walls causing damp and mould spores. Regardless of whether you have cast iron, pressed steel or plastic gutters it is essential that these are maintained and regularly checked to ensure water is free flowing and clear of debris.
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How do I know my gutters are clogged?
For a quick visual, next time it rains, get an umbrella and give your gutters a visual health check. Are the gutters overflowing, leaking, or sagging, or is there water running down the side of the building? Any of these factors could indicate an issue with the guttering. If you have to clear your garden or driveway of falling leaves in the autumn, then it would be advisable to consider your gutters.
For ultimate peace of mind contact your local gutter cleaning professional who will be able to check and clear your gutters and help prevent expensive repairs.
How do I get my gutters cleaned?
To safely clean your gutters, it is advisable to consult a gutter cleaning service provider. Innovative gutter cleaning equipment from skyVac™ makes professional gutter cleaning a breeze. No need for ladders, a single operator can easily and effectively clean gutters up to four stories high, and all from the safety of the ground. So, whether your property has difficult to reach gutters, such as above a conservatory or a garage, skyVac™ gutter cleaning equipment features a powerful wet and dry vacuum system along with extremely lightweight and robust carbon fibre Elite Poles making light work of the hard to access gutters.
How often should I get my gutters cleaned?
How often you need your gutters cleaned depends very much on your property's surroundings, weather factors and age of building. Properties surrounded by overhanging trees, especially pine trees, or with moss growth should be checked frequently, especially after bad weather to ensure gutters are free from fallen debris.
Ideally properties should be checked in the autumn after the leaves have fallen to ensure they are in perfect condition and free flowing for the heavy rain, snow and ice that the winter brings. When spring arrives, it is worth having them checked again just to ensure that they have not been damaged during the winter and that any residual biodegraded leaves and moss have been removed to prevent the growth of grass or weeds.
How easy is it to check your gutters?
Your local gutter cleaning professional can inspect your gutters from the safety of the ground using Spinaclean’s high reach inspection system. Quick to assemble, the world leading system is able to extend up to 4 stories in height, giving a detailed eye in the sky view from the operator's monitor, with no need for ladders. So, for the ultimate peace of mind and to ensure your gutters continue in good health, contact your local gutter cleaning professional for an inspection today.
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