Unless things go wrong, you are not likely to spend that much time looking at your gutters. However, inspecting your guttering every now and then is a habit worth getting into. Most gutter fails take some considerable time to develop. After all, these pipes are designed to be tough. If you are checking regularly and attending to those small issues straightaway, there really isn’t a reason why your guttering shouldn’t last years.
Severe weather with heavy rain, strong winds or snow can affect your gutters in more ways than you can imagine. The most common issue, however, is guttering becoming loose – or even worse – detached from the house. There may even be noticeable sagging, the result of the gutter being overrun with leaves and debris. It’s important to not put off repairs. One more storm could see the lot coming down. Not only will this render your property less water tight and vulnerable to extensive damage, it could leave you facing a bigger bill.
You may consider catching those small repairs early by fixing them yourself. EasyMerchant.co.uk is a great place to find the tools and equipment and the parts you will need. But, be sensible, if you notice things have got out of hand, be sure to reach out to qualified roofing contractor.
You need to ensure that downspouts and gutters don’t have debris piling up to the extent it creates a blockage. Vegetation and mold are a common issues. Similarly, in cold weather, the formation of ice dams could be the reason you’re dealing with a clogged gutter. It’s easy to avoid these by clearing out the whole guttering system each spring. It’s easiest on a dry day when you can remove small twigs and leaves by hand although there are handheld blowers designed for this job. It is also a good idea to follow up by flushing your gutters with a garden hose. That will help you check the rate of flow to confirm you’ve cleared every blockage. If leaf clogged guttering is a recurring problem there are leaf-relief-gutter-protection systems to help.
Rough weather conditions and direct sunlight can eventually lead to some guttering cracking. Once cracked, it will only get worse start leaking. Use a garden hose and spray water to check the extent of the problem. If you have sectional gutters, you may notice the leak at the aging seams. Minor issues respond well to sealing with silicone, but you’ll need to seal the inside and outside of the gutter. You can also use an especially designed gutter seal. You can buy it online. It needs some preparation and can only be applied to dry, sanded gutters. If you notice large cracks or holes, you need to call in the professionals. Some types of guttering are still repairable, but for others, it may be best to replace the section completely.
Keeping on top of your guttering isn’t really that tough. Even so, you will need to have a safe way to get a close look. If you are handy up a ladder, okay, but if not, you may need a scaffold platform. If you have doubts about heights don’t take chances. Find peace of mind by hiring an expert to come by and give your gutters the once over.