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Regular Gutter Clearing – Is It That Important?
Yes it actually is. A properly cleaned and maintained gutter is essential in preventing potential damage to structures and, sometimes, the interior of buildings.
Gutters are fitted as standard to properties to functionally carry rainwater away from the roof and guide it safely away from the building. It may not be at the forefront of most property owner’s mind until long term damage appears. Clogged and blocked gutters can lead to expensive repairs, so regular maintenance is essential.
Whichever gutter type the property has; plastic, cast iron, or steel, annual maintenance ensures they are clear of any debris and water is free flowing helping to reduce long-term damage.
What Causes Blocked Gutters?
Throughout the year, gutterings suffer from a build-up of various types of natural vegetation, including leaves, pine needles, moss, and grass. Birds also carry and drop seeds, leaves blown through the air by winds often fall onto roof tops, where they can then settle and collect inside of gutters and downpipes, thus building up and eventually causing blockages.
Moss really is a particular problem for blocking gutters. Properties in the shade of trees or those that are north facing naturally have less light and is the perfect breeding ground for moss as it flourishes in damp and shaded environments.
Damp vegetation within the gutter provides an ideal breeding ground for moss and weeds. They can grow aggressively and the weeds will block the flow of water through the gutter, eventually causing an overflow. Ensuring gutters are clear before the winter months prevents further damage caused by snow or ice.
Above the guttering, moss is like a sponge on your roof, whilst absorbing moisture it prohibits the roof from being able to dry. This constant source of dampness can seep through the tiles, which will eventually cause damage to the property. With our innovative Gutter Vacuum Systems roof scrapers, we can scrape this moss from the roof and remove it before it becomes a much bigger problem for you.
How Do Blocked Gutters Cause Property Damage?
Once gutters become clogged the rainwater cannot flow freely. When they remain blocked they will overflow and the resulting water damage can present a whole variety of issues.
Long-term damage to your property, including foundations, walls, fascia boards, windows and ceilings is very common. Internally these damages can result in the growth of mould spores and dampness within the home.
How Do We Clear Your Gutters?
We have invested in our professional equipment from Gutter Vacuum Systems so that we can safely inspect, diagnose the issues and clear your gutters, without danger, safely from the ground with minimal to no disruption for you, the property owner.
Our high powered gutter vacuum system allows us to clear gutters that are otherwise inaccessible and with our series of GVS poles, we can safely reach over conservatories, extensions or garages from your standard size domestic property to four storey across domestic, commercial and some industrial clears too.
When Should I Have My Gutters Cleared?
When you can see visual signs of water running down the exterior of the building, or overflowing leaking guttering, this is a warning sign there’s a blockage somewhere. We suggest a visit in the Autumn and Spring.
Regular check-ups are the best way to avoid blockages, especially if your property is surrounded by overhanging trees or the roof is prone to moss. This should keep your gutters nice and clear all year round.
A Risk Assessment ensures the health and safety of workers and those around planned works. Are you aware that these are a legal requirement for employers and certain self-employed people?
The interpretation of a risk assessment is a systematic process of establishing hazards and evaluating the associated risks within a workplace, then enforcing reasonable control measures to remove or reduce them.
When completing a risk assessment, it is essential to precisely define some keywords:
- An accident is an unplanned event that results in loss,
- A hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm, for example work materials, work methods, equipment or practices.
- A risk is the likelihood (low, medium or high) and the severity of someone being harmed by the hazard (injury, ill-health, damage, loss).
You will find two formats of a Risk Assessment here to help you
Pdf format WORKING AT HEIGHT RISK ASSESSMENT
Editable Word doc WORKING AT HEIGHT RISK ASSESSMENT for you to download and use.