Tip of The Month: Don’t forget your gutter

Your guttering actually serves a very serious purpose. Aside from steering rain water directly down the drain, it protects both the interior and exterior of your property from becoming damp and developing mould.

But because you rarely notice it, it’s a very easy thing to overlook.

Whilst you go about your daily business, your gutters are collecting all sorts of dead leaves and debris, courtesy of autumn. And springtime is especially notorious for cultivating moss spores.

And, if your property is north-facing, you’re even more susceptible to developing a thick layer of moss along the length of your guttering.

As a result, your guttering will be in danger of collapsing under its own weight, and could potentially cause a leak or damage to your home. It happens often.

If you decide to clean it yourself, please be sure to take as much care as you possibly can.
It’s not the safest of jobs, and we’d definitely advise against it if it’s windy or rainy.
You’ll need a good ladder and someone to help steady it. Do not overstretch yourself. Move the ladder as and when you need to.

Once you’re up there, use a scoop or hand trowel to gently dig out the dirt, being sure not to miss anything. To make the job cleaner, hook a bucket over the ladder so you can empty the muck directly into it. And don’t forget to check for any cracks or chips whilst you’re there.

If the downpipe is also blocked you may need to have a go at it with a drain rod.
To prevent a blockage from happening in the first place, just cut some plastic mesh to the right size and fix it over the opening.

No, it’s not the nicest job in the world, but doing it could save you a lot of hassle and expense in the future.

Alternatively, if you would like a professional to take care of it for you, get in touch today.

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