Don’t dis­miss gut­ter and down­pipe re­pair

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - HOMES & DIY -

GUT­TERS and down­pipes are vi­tal to pro­tect­ing your home, both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally. You mightn’t think it straight away but each year they help to di­vert thou­sands of gal­lons of wa­ter away from your prop­erty.

Clogged gut­ters and down­pipes will in­evitably lead to wa­ter dam­age if left unchecked and the good news is spring and sum­mer is the ideal time to clean them. If grass is al­ready grow­ing from your gut­ters then you’re al­ready over­due!

The prob­lem is earth and silt builds up over time and adds un­due weight to the gut­ter which causes it to sag thus al­ter­ing the flow of wa­ter. Over­spill and con­stant drip­ping are also signs of prob­lems. If ig­nored, it can even loosen and dis­lodge ad­join­ing roof tiles and slates.

Dry weather of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity for clean­ing them so that wa­ter will drain prop­erly once the rains come again. Clean­ing gut­ters at this time of year is much eas­ier as the silt has dried up and will of­ten come away in one go once pulled from the gut­ter.

There’s also con­se­quences for the foun­da­tion of your prop­erty if blocked gut­ters and down­pipes are ig­nored. This must be avoided at all cost as wa­ter should al­ways be di­rected away from the house. The last thing you need is damaged foun­da­tions or damp­ness tak­ing hold all be­cause you failed to carry out a sim­ple piece of work that takes less than an hour to do.

Now is the time for clear­ing gut­ters – not when they are full of rain and over­flow­ing.

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