Repairing Your Gutters After the Cold Winter Months
March 19, 2018 - by Tony Earnshaw
Our homes are major investments: whether we buy or rent they cost us a great deal of money. So, it’s unwise to neglect simple and inexpensive maintenance routines.
There are few simpler, or more important, household maintenance tasks than keeping your guttering and drainage flowing and in good order.
Almost all gutters will become blocked by windblown grit, foliage or slipping tiles at some point, and when this happens some expensive damage can result, such as crumbling brickwork, internal damp, impacted down pipes and drains, and rotting soffits. Chronically over-spilling rain water can cause internal damp problems, such as rotting floor timbers. If the debris accumulates in the down pipe and drains you might find that your sinks and showers empty more slowly or that the washing machine overflows.
A problem for many when they wish to undertake some guttering maintenance is that accessing gutters often requires climbing a high ladder. If you don’t have a head for heights or aren’t as fit as you used to be then you shouldn’t be considering this and it is much better left to a professional.
Professional contractors are experienced in ladder and walk-board safety, and also know how to care for your roof. They will also alert you to any issues with slipping or cracked tiles, corroded or broken screws, separating or buckling guttering, as well as any evidence of spill or splash back onto soffits, fascia or brickwork.
Unlike the average property owner or tenant, professional contractors can do more than get up there and scoop out the muck by hand. Specialist tools include pressure hoses and vacuum pumps, and they can apply remedial timber or brickwork treatments if needed and sometimes repair cracks and holes with caulk before they become a bigger problem.