With winter and rainy weather quickly approaching, it’s important to remember gutter maintenance in your preparations. Replacing your home’s guttering, fascias and soffits is a great way to transform the way it looks from the outside, as well as protecting it from weather and wear.
Why It’s Important to Clean Gutters Regularly
It’s in your best interests to keep gutters clean and free from debris. This prevents damage to your home and costly repairs. However, it can be easy to let gutter cleaning slip down the list of chores that need doing. Before you know it your gutters have clocked up several years without so much as a cursory glance. However, gutters need cleaning regularly.
Why Do Gutters Need a Regular Clean?
In the UK, we are unfortunately infamous for our rain. Combine this with prolonged autumn with our beautiful native trees dropping their leaves and being met with a blustery wind, everyone’s gutters are prone to blockages, regardless of where they are.
The problem is that gutter blockages spell danger that regular gutter cleaning prevents. They can cause structural damage both internally and externally, and result in expensive repairs.
Whilst a one-off clean is great, unless you have a professional doing the job it’s likely that it will be incomplete at best. Additionally, you’re likely to forget about it until a problem strikes.
Why Use Professional Gutter Cleaners?
Very few homeowners possess either the right tools or the right skills for a gutter cleaning task. Thinking that it is a simple case of climbing a ladder and emptying the debris into a black sack is where the first problems lie.
Even if you have a ladder that extends to gutter height, this is a dangerous position for an amateur. Additionally, it becomes all too easy to put undue weight on the gutter in the process potentially causing more damage. Further damage can be caused by using the wrong implement to help, for example, a metal scraper in a plastic pipe, accidentally lodging the blockage further into the pipe, or even disturbing a wasps nest.
What to Look for in a Professional Gutter Cleaner
Expert gutter cleaners will also do minor repairs in the process, but importantly, with regular checks, they will be able to identify worsening problems before they become bigger issues, for example, cracks. They will also be able to offer advice on issues such as the fitting of gutter guards if you have particular problems.
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