Here is your Vancouver Island Gutter spring home maintenance checklist.
Summer is here, the longer days are great for spending time In gardens (I prefer a beer garden😂) but for some a bbq or a day sat outside your home in the garden is the perfect way to spend a summers day. As you are sat there you may notice that the sunlight highlights how grubby your upvc is. It could be fascias, soffits, guttering, window frames, cladding or conservatory’s that require the right treatment and amount of elbow grease to get them back to their best. having them cleaned improves the aesthetics, appearance and appeal of your home. One less job to do gives you more time to enjoy your garden without that nagging voice in the back of your head spoiling your R&R.
If you would like us to improve your view this summer, shorten the to do list or get the other half off your back give us a call, txt or email and we can do the hard work for you, leaving you to relax and enjoy your day off. Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you soon! 🏠☀️🌻 (www.sheffieldgutterservices.co.uk)
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We at Sheffield gutter services understand that our lives get hectic. Work, kids, school runs, extra circular activities and our social lives. All make a 24 hour day not seem long enough.
One thing that we often neglect or push to the back burner is the maintenance of our own homes. Often the internal of our home gets the attention It needs as it’s there to be seen when we walk through our doors each evening. The one thing we have found though is that it’s the exterior work to our properties that often get’s forgotten. Whether that be attending to our overflowing and blocked gutters or our dirty and rotten facia and soffits.
Well that’s where SGS can help. We offer a wide range of exterior services. We can clean, unblock and repair your gutters, facia and soffits. We can restore all your UPVC, barge boards and conservatories to there former glory. We can jet wash, sand and seal your driveways, patios and block paving and get rid of that unsightly muck and build up of moss.
We are a local, trusted, professional & honestly priced company. We can assure you that all work will be carried out to the highest standards to give your home that long awaited facelift and make it a more pleasant place to come home to at the end of a busy day.
If you require any of the above services please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will endeavour to make the process as easy and as simple as possible to fit into your busy lives.
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At Sheffield Gutter Services the weather is something we have to keep a very close eye on. Severe weather can have devastating effects on the exterior of your property and more specifically your guttering.
The Next 7 days could potentially see some pretty high winds and even some snow.
So if you have been putting off that gutter clean, ignoring those little leaks or that bit of sagging gutter, then now is the time to act. Remember here at SGS we strongly believe prevention is the best cure. Don’t leave it too late!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for all your guttering needs and we would be more than happy to help and advice.
Wrap up warm guys but most importantly if that snow does come………have fun ❄️😃!
All the best from the SGS team
Gutters are on your house for a very good reason. A gutters primary job is to take rain water and divert it from running down the exterior of your property. Without a well maintained and working gutter your property runs the likely hood of being affected by damp. As I’m sure you are aware damp can cause huge problems and if left untreated can actually damage the integrity of the entire building.
We at (SGS) are huge believers that prevention really is the best cure. So with that being said we are offering free gutter inspections. Upon completing the inspection we will provide you with photos of your gutters and offer advice on the best course of action to prevent any problems in the future.
Contact us now to book your FREE gutter inspection through our Facebook page or you can give us a call or text on 07561501897 (or use the for below for a call back to book your inspection appointment)
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Gutter maintenance is often over looked and can cause damage to your property if left unchecked (see what the experts in the insurance industry say here). So that being said we’d like to pass on some great hints and tips to help those who feel comfortable taking on their on gutter maintenance. It can be risky working at height so stay safe over the winter months and follow these guide lines. For everyone who doesn’t have a head for heights your welcome to give the experts a Sheffield Gutter Service a call on 07842401763 or fill in our contact form
Practice Ladder Safety
- Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your building’s roof or gutters.
- Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably one with a small shelf or hook strong enough to hold a bucket to collect gutter debris, and make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard.
- A step ladder can be ideal for a single-story structure but an extension ladder is a must for a two-story or taller facility preferably one with a wide base, especially if you don’t have anyone to foot the base.
- When opening up a step ladder, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.
- Avoid older wooden ladders, they are not as strong and can suffer rot if not stored correctly.
- If your ladder is fastened together with screws and bolts, make sure all parts are tightened before using them.
- Aluminium ladders are much safer, stronger and lighter so ideal if you have to move them a number of times or you are working on your own
- Inspect the ladder for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing as this can weaken them, you don’t want them failing while your 2 storeys up.
Use A Garden Hose
- Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle.
- This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with the use of just one hand.
- A pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle can be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or while using a gutter scoop.
- ideal for testing gutter drainage and saves climbing up a ladder with a weighty bucket of water (never recommended).
Use a trowel or scoop
- For those of you that cant afford expensive gutter cleaning equipment used by the professionals. A trowel can be used to scooped out the leaf and soil debris preferably in to the bucket you have hooked on the your ladders.
- Scraping the bottom of a steel gutter can introduce areas to rust, and if the bottom of the gutter is already rusting, the rusting process could speed up.
- Be aware of people below where you are working as falling debris can cause severe injuries.
Protect Your Hands
- Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are ridden with bacteria.
- Gloves can also prevent painful cuts from the torn metal shards of an old, ragged gutter.
- Rubber contractors gloves offer some of the best protection and are can be purchase cheaply
Protect Your Eyes
Eye protection is a must because one never knows what might fly out of the downspout when cleaning gutters. People have experienced rats, birds, frogs, wasps and bees leaving at high speeds once they start removing a clog, and the last thing they want to have happen is an eye injury.
Clean Off The Roof
Rake or power wash all debris off the roof first. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys and around the chimney.
Consider Rubber Shoes
If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber-soled shoes. Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slip-and-fall incidents. Rooftops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture. Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.
Unclog The Downspouts
Make sure the downspouts are clear. After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout. But, if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.
Schedule Semi-annual Cleanings
Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least twice a year: Once in the fall and again in the spring. One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter. Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion.Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up. It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters. The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.
Be Mindful Of Electrical and Aerial cables
When cleaning gutters around a electrical cable that drops from above to the roof of a building (mainly in detached garages), conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof. This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees. If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it; instead, call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it. If it’s raining and there is an electrical wire problem, do not attempt to clean out the gutters until the wires are fixed; water is a dangerous conductor of electricity. Whether it’s raining or not, it would be a good idea to have the electrical wiring repaired before cleaning out your gutters.
Aerial cables are often run up across the roof and along the gutters. they cause the gutters to catch debris and can eventually lead to blockage. if possible clip them out of the way below or on the roof tile lips.
Invest In Gutter Guards
Using a quality gutter guard can eliminate the need for cleaning out gutters. Consider carefully the manufacturer’s claims before purchasing a gutter protection system that keeps out leaves and pine needles because many promises are made that can’t be delivered. We offer great prices on fitting these as they can be tricky for the novice to install of ladders due to their length and design.
Eight Gutter Cleaning Tips
- Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters
- Use a safe and secure ladder
- Rake leaves and other debris off the rooftop first
- Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the rooftop
- Use a plastic gutter scooping tool
- Wear gloves and proper eye protection
- Unclog downspouts
- Watch out for hazardous electrical cables
- If your uncomfortable with any aspect call the experts at Sheffield Gutter Services
- Happy and Safe Cleaning
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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 house, and keeping them clean 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 them 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 you and your family.
Whether you have cast iron, plastic, or pressed steel gutters, they need to be cleaned annually in order to keep them performing properly, and to avoid the need for gutter repairs in the future. Read on to find out more about keeping your gutters well maintained.
What causes damaged or blocked gutters?
When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it’s important to remember one simple fact: clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and (in some unfortunate cases) dead animals. One simple way to tell if you’re in need of gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it’s raining – if water is running down the side of your house, it’s likely that your gutters are blocked.
Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are the most common cause of isolated damp in homes 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.
One final sign of damage to look out for is sagging gutters. This can happen 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: you’ll 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.
How to fix damaged or blocked gutters
If you have damaged or blocked guttering, the easiest way to clear it is to call in the professionals – they’ll be able to advise on everything from clearing debris to showing you how to repair plastic gutter seams. Here at SGS we have specialist equipment to do an expert job, from high-powered gutter vacuums allowing us to get to the trickiest of gutters to high-definition inspection cameras so we can see whats cause your potential issues.
If you do have leaking gutter joints it’s important to get them repaired as soon as possible. Sometimes, removing the section of guttering and cleaning between the joint can fix the issue, as dirt can force your gutters apart. If there are cracks, they need to be filled in with sealant. This works for both PVC and metal guttering. Begin by having the area that needs to be repaired cleaned, and washing away any grime. Apply the sealant along the crack, ensuring that no gaps are left uncovered.
Is there a long-term solution to guttering maintenance?
It’s recommended that you get your gutters cleaned at least once a year. The best time to do this is at the beginning of winter, after the autumn leaves have fallen and before the really bad weather kicks in. This will reduce your chances of experiencing blocked guttering later on in the year, and gives you plenty of time to book in those vital gutter repairs before it gets too wet and windy. It’s also a good idea to do a quick check of your gutters in spring. Make sure that any large pieces of debris that have blown in over winter are removed, and check that all of the screws are tight and that no brackets are loose. Gutters can be damaged by heavy snow-fall and high winds, so it’s also wise to ensure everything’s in order after a spell of particularly bad weather.
If your neighbourhood has a lot of trees and debris is unavoidable, you can install a gutter guard. These act as a filter, catching leaves and preventing them from entering your gutters and downpipes while still catching the water. Although the guards won’t stop all debris from entering your gutters (you’ll still need to clean them at least once a year) they will keep the larger, more dangerous pieces from causing blockages, flooding, leakages, and sagging.