Autumn Gutter Cleaning Maintenance
It’s a fact – Smart people organise Autumn gutter cleaning maintenance every year. These people want to protect their property and prevent any problems from arising which could otherwise cause unnecessary stress and anxiety, or unwanted damage and repair bills if it can be avoided.
People that are proactive with gutter maintenance rather than reactive, will likely get less problems, and save time, hassle and money.
Autumn is by far the most important time to complete gutter maintenance. Cleaning out gutters, clearing roof valleys and unblocking outlets, fall-pipes, and drains, will prevent common problems such as flooding, damp and decay. These problems are usually caused by gutters that are damaged or that overflow or leak. If your a homeowner, landlord, tenant, or business owner, these are problems you want to avoid so they don’t interfere with your life.
Summer Weeds and Autumn leaves
Many people presume that it is just falling leaves that cause blockages in gutters. However, your gutters may already be harvesting grass and weeds from the summer months including a soup of other dense gutter blocking material.
Furthermore, if your gutters are not aligned quite right, you may see gutter may blockages near corner joints, at the bottom of roof valleys, and at the opposite end of the fall pipe.
On terraced and semi-detached homes, It’s common to see grass and weeds growing in the guttering directly between the two properties.
Autumn leaves go everywhere! Wherever they fall on your roof they get trapped in roof valleys in the gutters and in the fall pipe and drains! Cleaning out gutters is important, however it is equally important to clean out fall pipes, drains and roof valleys (usually found on properties that have a gable end or a hip style roof)
Removing this dirty, gloopy slop, will relieve your gutters, and remove the stress so they can flow freely and easily.
How to prevent blockages this Autumn
There is really only two effective ways to prevent blockages in your gutters this Autumn.
Cut Back Foliage
Cutting back overhanging branches from nearby trees will help reduce the amount of leaves, twigs and branches that scatter your roof and fall into your gutter.
Clean out your gutters!
Just clean out your gutters! Forget about getting these fan-dangled gutter guards that promise maintenance-free gutters – In most cases they are just not effective, and sometimes cause more problems than they solve. You cant beat good old fashioned gutter cleaning to make sure your gutter, outlets, and downpipes are totally free from debris!
While cleaning out your gutters, don’t forget to clear out blockages from roof valleys, gutter outlets, fall pipes and drains. This will ensure that when the rain comes, it can drain away quickly and easily and will prevent problems that would otherwise occur.