Don’t dismiss gutter and downpipe repair
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.