Gutter Cleaning - What You Need to Know

Regardless of the property or the type of guttering it has, the importance of properly installed and maintained gutters is vital to the smooth running of a building structure and its foundations. In most cases, regular gutter cleaning can prevent serious blockage problems. But when nature takes its course, in the form of heavy rainfall, for example, this can cause issues such as gutter sagging. So, how can you recover after commonplace guttering problems? Our guide is on hand to explain all…

Dealing with gutter sagging

If your gutter is sagging, this can be down to anything from debris build-up to heavy rainfall or even ice in winter months. Over time a sagging gutter can lead to leakages and worse – damage to your home. Therefore, identifying the cause is the first step to recovery. Often the gutter will bend or the supports holding it in place (also known as the hangers) may come loose or even break. If the metal or plastic is bent or damaged, it’s advisable to remove and replace the entire gutter section. But if the sag has just started, you’ll need a ladder to take a look (always refer to safety guides when using ladders). If you do notice loosening or breakage, you can remove the problem hardware and replace it, and your gutter should be back in working order.

Tackling blocked gutters

Blocked guttering is caused by fallen leaves, general debris, or even dead animals in some cases. If the blockage is your downpipe, things get a little more complicated. In this case you will again need a ladder that reaches the roof; thick gloves, a hose pipe, a long piece of stiff wire, a rubbish bag for debris and a plastic trowel. If your gutters are made from a synthetic material such as PVC, don’t use a metal trowel tool, as this can cause damage. When the gutter is cleared, check the water is running freely with the hose – this will help you to identify any split or broken gutter seams. If you spot a problem, you should think about more extensive gutter repairs.

Removing gutter rust

So you have metal gutters? Well you’re in luck, because this means longevity for your guttering. However, the wind and rain can take a toll on even the best of drainage systems and this often leads to rusting. If surface rust sets in you can use an emery cloth or wire hand brush to gently remove it. Any aggressive rubbing could lead to further damage, so do be cautious. Once the corrosion is adequately removed, give the gutter a good clean, making sure it’s completely dry before preparing the area for painting. A coat of outdoor metal paint will seal the area and prevent oxidisation and further rusting. If we’re talking about a more serious case of rusting, i.e. holes, you may need to call Dyno.

When a blockage leads to water damage

A lack of observation with your guttering system is one of the reasons behind water damage in the home. And this is one issue you want to avoid at all costs. When problems such as water marks and black mould begin to creep in, it’s time to locate the source of the problem: in this case the gutters. Once the gutters are repaired, check that the brick work and mortar have no damage to avoid further issues. During this time, it’s worth using a dehumidifier and/or a heating system to dry out the moisture. If there are any lasting marks, a fresh lick of paint will ensure your walls look as good as new. Please note, if you’re not completely confident or comfortable working at height to clean your gutters then you should contact us for professional help.

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