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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.
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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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.
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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!
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