Winter is the worst time to commit to cleaning your gutter, but if you don’t keep on top of it, you might find yourself replacing your guttering sooner than intended.
The trick to having a functioning, long-lasting guttering system is regular maintenance.
You may not know this, but effective guttering increases the lifespan of your home. Regular checks will ensure the rainwater stays away from your beloved home. So, here’s how to prolong the life of guttering.
Check the Downpipes
Typical issues that occur in the downpipes are:
● Movement of the gutters
● Blockages inside the pipe
● Downspouts falling off
● The gutter becomes detached from the wall
If you have taken the time to find the home you love, why not take the time to care for it properly?
Ensure that you make regular checks on your downpipes to search for major things like clogs and component damages. Over time, wind can damage the plastic and cause your guttering to move.
This can also lead to the water falling on your home and causing damp in the brickwork. This can all be avoided by regular maintenance checks.
People looking to prolong the life of their guttering should check all the sections of the gutter. These can be subject to damage at any point during a buildup. The main things to look out for are:
● Loose fittings
If your gutter sections are warping, this can change the water flow and sometimes this can even prevent the flow of water. If the water has nowhere to go, it’s going to come over the gutter and leak down the side of your home along with the brickwork.
Cracks and punctures in the guttering sections can lead to water seeping through and getting inside the foundations of your home.
Maintaining Your Gutters
Thorough maintenance of your gutters will ensure they last the longest. Regular maintenance will prevent any water damage to your home and ensure the gutters function consistently.
Guttering is relatively cheap in comparison to paying the cost of repairing your home after water damages. Damp can be very difficult to get rid of and it should be avoided by looking after your guttering system.
You will come across debris, as well as shingle particles. These can lead to problems such as overflowing water, seepage in the home’s foundation, and warped gutter runs.
Throughout the Autumn and Winter, leaves and branch parts will find their way into your guttering. Birds will also be a nuisance, by dropping seeds in the guttering, which can lead to weeds and grass growth.
Be sure to regularly remove these objects as, over time, they can develop, leading to unnecessary weight in your guttering system. This will eventually cause the guttering to move.
So, how do you prolong the life of guttering?
As we’ve covered, maintaining your guttering is not just beneficial for them to look cosmetically healthy. Poor guttering can lead to interior home problems and it must be done regularly.
If you don’t have the time or ability to perform this task, due to a busy work schedule or maybe you aren’t too keen on heights, consider contacting Gutter Maintenance.
We service both commercial and domestic customers, so no matter your request, get in touch with Gutter Maintenance to keep their guttering new, fresh and functional.
Don’t leave your gutters in a damaged state, or you may incur costs that are significantly more expensive than gutter replacement. Fill in this contact form and one of our friendly staff will be in contact.