Some Great Gutter Cleaning Hints & Tips

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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

  1. Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters
  2. Use a safe and secure ladder
  3. Rake leaves and other debris off the rooftop first
  4. Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the rooftop
  5. Use a plastic gutter scooping tool
  6. Wear gloves and proper eye protection
  7. Unclog downspouts
  8. Watch out for hazardous electrical cables
  9. If your uncomfortable with any aspect call the experts at Sheffield Gutter Services
  10. Happy and Safe Cleaning

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Don’t just take our advice, This is an article from the insurance experts, blocked and leaking gutters can cause some serious issues if not addressed

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.

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Thank you to all past and present military personnel and their families

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As Remembrance Day approaches, we at Sheffield gutter services would like to honour the sacrifice and service of our past and present servicemen & women. We want to remember and commend them for the great work they have done and continue to do.

So with that In mind we are going to donate 10% of all our earnings throughout the month of November to Help for Heroes. They really do an outstanding job looking after our ex and present servicemen & women. But wait…..it doesn’t end there. We will also be offering a 15% discount to any ex or present military personal and there parents.

Help for Heroes is a charity very close to hearts. One of our team members served as a Royal marine for nearly 9 years.

So please get behind us and show your support for the great work done by all our ex and present military personal. Without them, we wouldn’t be us. #Lestweforget

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🏠 🍁 Discounts for you and your neighbours 🏡 🍂

Here at SGS the beat Gutter cleaners in Sheffield We love Autumn, but it can be a problem for your gutters! So because the leaves are falling we thought our prices should do the same! 
10% off  if you share this offer! And another 10% if your neighbour has theirs done at the same time!

Share the post and your average;

Terraced  goes  from £65  down to £58

Semi                          £85 down to £76

Detached.                  £95 down to £85

Share and get your neighbors cleaned at the same time

Terraced                    £48 each!

Semi                          £68 each!!

Detatched                 £76 each !!!

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the SGS team

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❄️ Winter may be coming, but Autumn is here! 🍂 🍁

The leaves are down, now is the time to get your guttering cleared whether it be on your own home or a property you rent out before it’s too late! we clean, repair and replace all types of guttering. Having clear gutters is a vital annual task in order to avoid damp and the ingress of water.

 

Damp can lead to costly cosmetic repairs, if left unresolved very costly structural repairs, and poor health and illness in you and your family.

Why choose SGS?

Safe, hassle free, trusted, local, reliable!

 

– safety

falls from height whilst carrying out diy lead to 144 deaths and 1200 major injuries and countless minor injury’s in 2017, Why risk it, our safety trained professional team can safely do the job for you, keeping you safe and your gutters clear.

– Hassle free

clearing your own gutters, is unpleasant as well as dangerous and time consuming. We can do it all for you whilst you spend your time doing something you enjoy, like spending time with family or watching the football.

– Trusted local reliable team

We guarantee your gutters will be clear and leak free for a whole year, we can advise you of the appropriate guards and brushes where necessary. And if you sign up to our annual service you get a 10% discount! We just call or txt at the same time each year to arrange an appointment you don’t have to anything, except sign  up, and pay the annual fee!

Thank you for reading and we hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

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