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Why does water run behind my gutters?

If rain is running behind your gutters it is sign that your roof and guttering system has a fundamental problem.

The five most common reasons rain could be running behind your gutter are because:

  • The end tiles do not extend over  the gutters far enough.
  • Roofing membrane is trapped behind the gutter.
  • Broken or misaligned roof tiles.
  • Insecure gutter or fascia board pulling away from the building.
  • The gutters are blocked and overflowing

 


 End tiles not overhanging the gutter

If your end roof tiles do not extend into the gutter far enough, rainwater can run between the gutter and the fascia board. This can occur if you have installed a uPVC fascia capping board over the top of an existing fascia board. This would move the gutter further away from the end roof tiles which could cause water to run behind the gutter.

Roofing membrane trapped behind the gutter.

A roofing membrane is usually installed underneath your roofing tiles to create a water tight covering. The roofing membrane should finish by lipping into the gutter. If the roofing membrane is trapped awkwardly behind the gutter, it could direct water behind the gutter.

Broken or misaligned roof tiles.

Broken tiles can cause water to run beneath the roof which could cause water to run behind the gutter. Furthermore, misaligned tiles particularly the end tiles can create gaps for water to run behind the gutter.

Insecure gutter or fascia board pulling away from the building.

A damaged gutter or fascia which is not secure to the building can cause water to run behind the gutter.

Blocked gutters

Blocked gutters can cause rainwater to overflow over the front and back edge of the gutter.


 

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What can I use rainwater for?2022-04-22T08:54:09+01:00

Rainwater is free and can be used for many things including irrigation, flushing toilets and even to supply water for the the washing machine as long as appropriate filtration has taken place.

How often should you empty a water butt?2022-04-22T08:50:30+01:00

You don’t necessarily need to empty a water butt providing you keep the water moving with regular fresh rainwater. You could consider adding a water butt treatment especially if your water butt is positioned in direct sun light, or it doesn’t get used frequently. If you don’t use your water butt frequently it would be a good idea to empty the water butt every 10 days to keep the water fresh.

Are water butts eco friendly?2022-04-22T08:42:09+01:00

The most eco-friendly water butts have been made using recycled plastic which could otherwise have been sent to landfill. Water butts help us use less tap water which requires a lot of energy and chemicals to treat and purify.

Is it worth having a water butt?2022-04-22T08:19:26+01:00

It cost nothing to collect and store a constant supply of rainwater to use (other than the initial cost of the water butt).

It is absolutely worth having a water butt!

Having your own water butt will allow you to collect and store rainwater to use on your plants and around your garden.

Water butts help us reduce our carbon footprint by using less tap water which requires a tremendous amount of energy to treat. Furthermore, it can help you save money on your water bill.

It’s worth noting that rainwater is much better for your garden than tap water, which contains chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride.

How do I get rid of birds in my guttering?2022-03-15T12:08:28+00:00

It’s a misconception that birds nest in the gutter. In fact gutters would be one of the worst places that bird could choose to nest in. A birds nest in a gutter would be exposed to all weather conditions and would provide very little security for chicks.

If you have noticed an unusual amount of birds on your roof and what appear to be in and out of your gutter, the birds have probably found a opening in your roofline and are nesting under your roof tiles or in your loft space. Nests in the roof space are a perfect place for birds to nest as it provides warmth and protection for eggs and chicks.

Bird poop in your gutters?

What are rain chains?2022-03-15T12:10:25+00:00

What are rain chains?

A rain chain is a metal chain that is connected to the guttering outlet and hangs down to the ground. This was first introduced in Japan to help direct the flow of rainwater from the gutter down to the ground, so the rainwater can drain into the surrounding landscape.

“Kusari Doi” the Japanese name for rain chains is a simple concept that has been used in Japan for centuries. They found that the dynamics of fluid changed if you put something like a chain running down from the guttering. The rainwater would flow down the path of the chain rather than just splashing out all over the place. Rain chins come in many different designs from a simple chain to a chain divided up into little containers that funnel water down to the ground.

Drainpipes are more commonly used in the west which are generally more practical at directing rainwater effectively from the roof and away from the foundations, and through the underground drainage network. However rain chains are sometimes used to add a distinctive decorative feature to areas that only require rainwater to be drained into surrounding boarders and containers.

How do you clean gutters over a conservatory?2022-03-06T20:09:39+00:00

How do you clean gutters over a conservatory?

How to clean gutters over a conservatory

The best way to clean out gutters over a conservatory is by using a powerful gutter cleaning vacuum system. Our gutter cleaning vacuum combined with our lightweight carbon fiber poles can reach gutters up to 40ft high, with an outreach of approximately 6 meters. This enables us to reach into the gutters above your conservatory to clean out the debris. This is much safer than using a ladder to which could be dangerous if trying to reach over the conservatory to clean it out. Furthermore, a gutter vaccum will be much more effective at removing the gutter waste.

Planning out your gutter cleaning job is important. Before cleaning out the gutters above your conservatory, the professional will check your gutters for large debris such as damaged roofing material and mortar which could damage the conservatory roof if not removed carefully. What’s more, we can remove large chuncks of debris from your gutter safely and with ease.

Conservatory snow guards

Conservatory snow guards can make it a little more difficult to clean out the gutters above conservatories. Snow guards extend above the gutter limiting access into the gutter. At your service we have a number of vacuum extension tools that allow us to access gutters with snow guards in order to clean them out.

How often should you clean out gutters above conservatories?

We recommend cleaning out gutters above conservatories twice per year to prevent blocklages in the gutter which could lead leaks and damage that could result in expensive repairs.


 

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Rise and fall gutter brackets2022-03-06T20:11:01+00:00

Rise and fall brackets

Rise and fall brackets

Rise and fall brackets are an alternative bracket used to secure gutters to a building without the need for a fascia board. The bracket consists of a metal pin which is anchored into the mortar between the brickwork, and a hanger which holds the gutter in place.

The hanger is secured to the pin by a threaded bar which can be adjusted up and down by tightening or loosening the clamping nuts.

A variety of hangers are available to fit different types of gutter profiles, including universal hangers which allow you to secure a standard plastic fascia brackets to allow installation of almost any guttering system.

Rise and fall brackets are commonly found on heritage buildings, cottages, and barn conversions, however many housing developers use them on new developments for a distinctive look.


Rise and fall gutter bracket problems

Over time, rise and fall gutter brackets can become loose and insecure. Here are the most common problems:

  • The pins can become loose and come away from the building
  • Pins and brackets can bend and twist under tension from things such as snow and ice
  • Clamping nuts can rust over time causing them to seize up and make alterations difficult
  • Insufficient brackets can cause the gutter to twist and distort over time

Rise and fall gutter bracket problems


 

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How much does it cost to repair a leaking gutter?2022-03-06T08:21:05+00:00

How much does it cost to repair a leaking gutter?

Leaking gutter repair

The cost to repair a leaking gutter will vary depending on a number of factors such as:

  • The type of repair
  • Difficulty to complete the repair
  • If any materials are required
  • The ease of access to the gutter
  • The length of time it will take to complete the repair
  • The type and material of the gutter
  • If any specialist tools or parts are required
  • If any access equipment is required to access the gutter
  • The height of the gutter

In order to get an accurate price for a gutter repair, we recommend using our free gutter inspection service for an expert to check your gutters to advise what needs to be done in order to fix your gutter problem.

Does gutter cleaning include downpipes?2022-03-06T00:18:16+00:00

Does gutter cleaning include downpipes?

A good gutter cleaning company should always clean the outlets and downpipes as part of a gutter cleaning service.

Sometimes downpipes need removing to unblock them properly which the gutter cleaning company should advise you and may charge extra for this.

Sudell gutter cleaning unblock downpipes as standard if it is possible to without removing the downpipe. We may charge a little extra if we need to remove the downpipe or require access to the drain.

Downpipe Cleaning
What is gutter debris?2022-03-05T00:05:24+00:00

What is gutter debris?

Gutter Debris

Gutter debris is material that ends up in the gutter such as leaves, moss, twigs, and broken roofing material. Debris is usually washed or blown into the gutters from the roof and can cause blockages in the guttering system. The type of debris that ends up in the gutter can vary depending on the type of roof, location and position of the property, the height and size of the property, and the weather conditions the property is exposed to.

The most common forms of gutter debris are:

  • leaves
  • moss
  • pine needles
  • silt
  • roofing mortar / broken tiles
  • grass
  • plants / weeds

Less common types of gutter debris include:

  • Discharged fireworks
  • tennis balls
  • dead birds
  • Litter including empty wrappers, cans and bottles
  • Dead insects including wasps and spiders
  • Toys

 

What is gutter vacuuming?2022-03-06T20:03:20+00:00
Gutter Vacuuming

What is gutter vacuuming?

Gutter vacuuming is a process where gutters are cleaned out using a gutter vacuum system consisting of a high powered wet and dry gutter vacuum machine and extending poles.

Gutter vacuuming allows the user to clean out gutters safely from the ground without the need for ladders or other access equipment. Some gutter cleaning systems can reach gutters up to 40ft high, which is ideal for cleaning out gutters on two, three, and four storey buildings. Gutter vacuums can also help the user clean out gutters in difficult areas such as gutters over conservatories.

Gutter cleaning using a gutter vacuum is generally quicker and easier to complete and is mess-free. The debris removed from the gutter is collected in the gutter vacuum container making it easy to remove and dispose.


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How do you clean out gutters above a conservatory?

How do I clean out a valley gutter?2022-03-05T08:33:58+00:00
Valley Gutters

How do i clean out a valley gutter?

A commercial valley gutter can be cleaned out using a sweeping brush. Push all the debris to the opposite end to where the outlet is to prevent debris falling into the drains and causing blockages further down the drainage system. The debris can be scooped out into bags.

Tip. You can cut down a sweeping brush to the exact size of the valley gutter which will speed up the valley gutter cleaning process.

Valley Gutters2022-03-05T00:01:18+00:00

Valley Gutters

A valley gutter is a broad name given to a drainage channel that runs between two roof elevations, or whereby a drainage channel catches rainwater from the bottom of an internal apex roof.

Examples of valley gutters can be found on commercial buildings which have large roofs divided up into multiple apex sections. The valley gutters run between the roof and usually run perpendicular to the external gutters.

Another good example of a valley gutter can be found on a conservatory where the conservatory roof meets a wall of the house or another roof adjacent. The valley gutter runs between the house and the conservatory.

Valley Gutters

Why has my gutter separated?2022-03-06T00:19:30+00:00

Why has my gutter separated?

It is possible for plastic gutters to separate at the joints if they have not been installed properly. Gutters can expand and contract as they heat up and cool down particularly in the warmer months where the temperature changes are more dramatic. Gutter joints are designed to deal with gutter construction and expansion providing the gutter and the joints have been installed correctly.

It’s important that gutter joints have been secured to the fascia board to prevent them from moving. It is equally as important to ensure the gutter has been cut to the correct length so it inserts into the gutter joint up to the line indicated on the inside of the gutter joint.

How do you fix rain running behind the gutter?2022-03-05T08:35:20+00:00

5 things you can do to fix rain running behind the gutter:

  • Install eves protection boards which slide under the end course of roofing tiles and under the roofing membrane. Eves protection boards support the roofing membrane under the roof tiles to prevent ponding. The eves boards lip neatly into the gutter to prevent water from running between the gutter and fascia board. Eves boards are particularly good if your roof do not extend over the gutter far enough.
  • Make sure the roofing membrane is not trapped behind the gutter and is instead position in the gutter.
  • Fix any broken roof tiles and reposition any that need adjustment.
  • Resecure loose fascia’l boards and gutters back to the property.
  • Clean out gutters and unblock outlets downpipes and drains so rainwater can drain away from the property accordingly.
Can my gutters overhang my neighbours?2022-02-26T17:03:22+00:00

Can my gutters overhang my neighbours?

Disputes with your neighbour about guttering can be frustrating. The law states that you technically own the airspace above your property, so if your neighbours gutter overhangs onto your property, they are technically trespassing. If the gutters have no right to be there you can insist upon their removal. If your neighbour refuses your request, the courts have the power to order an injunction for their removal. This should be the last resort and speaking to your neighbours first will usually resolve the problem.

There are some situations in which your neighbours overhanging gutters may be permitted by law:

  • The deeds specifically provide a right for them to be there.
  • If the overhanging gutters have been there for more than 20 years, they may have a prescriptive right to be there through long-term usage.
  • If they have been there for more than 12 years, then it may be possible for your neighbour to acquire ownership of the airspace that they occupy.
  • If they have been there for some time or were built that way as part of a development, it may be argued that the land bought also included the airspace into which the gutters overhang. This may mean that the boundary line above the ground is slightly different to the one on the ground so that the overhanging gutters can remain.
Should a downpipe go into a drain?2022-02-26T16:51:45+00:00

Should a downpipe go into a drain?

The guttering and drainage system on your property is important as it protects your property and the environment around it.

But where does the rainwater go when it enters your downpipe?

A downspouts role is to drain rainwater into a public drainage system or into a purpose made soak-away. The regulations state that a rainwater soakaway must be located at least five metres from the wall of a building and at least two and a half metres from a boundary.

Furthermore, a downspout should not allow water to pour at the base of the wall which could cause damage to the property and foundations over time.

A guttering system and the use of downpipes and drains can vary depending on the age, size and type of the property. Some semi detached, terrace and town houses share a Downpipe which should run into a designated drain.

Over the lifetime of a property, old guttering systems may have been replaced and drainage routes could have also been altered without consideration. Drainage of rainwater is strictly controlled, and you should not install a drain yourself without checking regulations.

Are gutter guards worth the money?2022-03-05T00:04:47+00:00

Are gutter guards worth the money?

Gutter guards are not usually worth the money. In cases where gutters need to be cleaned out more than 4 times per year, gutter guards may help limit this to once or twice per year. Bare in mind, If gutter guards are installed, it will take longer to clean the gutters out.

In many circumstances it is a much better option to have the gutters cleaned out more frequently. Gutter guards are not maintenance free, so your gutters will still require routine attention.

Downpipe leaf protectors on the other hand are effective at preventing blockages in the downpipes and drains.

Are Gutter Guards Worth The Money

 


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Is there a downside to gutter guards?2022-03-05T08:36:15+00:00

Is there a downside to gutter guards?

The disadvantages of gutter guards.

  • Gutter guards can be expensive to buy and can cost even more if you need to hire someone to install them for you.
  • Debris can sit on top of the guards and create a barrier preventing rainwater from draining into the gutter properly.
  • When it’s time to clean the gutters, It takes longer to complete because you have the added task of removing the guards, cleaning the guards and putting them back in once you’ve cleaned the gutters.
  • Storms can blow gutter guards out of the gutter.
  • Fine debris can get through the guards and build up over time and create blockages.
  • Gutter guards don’t stop vegetation from growing in the gutter because silt and seeds are small enough to get through them and into the gutter.
  • Many gutter guards trap debris instead of diverting it.
How do you clean gutters between a house and conservatory?2022-03-06T20:07:23+00:00

Blocked Conservatory Valley Gutter

How do you clean gutters between a house and conservatory?

The gutter between your house and conservatory can fill up with debris quickly and should be cleaned out more regularly.

It’s best to hire an experienced gutter cleaning professional that has the correct tools and equipment to clean out gutters between a house and conservatory.

A box valley gutter is usually quite wide in which debris can get stuck directly under the roof. A gutter vacuum can help suck out all the debris without needing to climb on to the roof which could cause damage. If you do not have access to a gutter vacuum, you can complete the gutter cleaning by hand with a micro fibre cloth and a bucket.

First remove as much debris from the gutter as possible. Next, place the micro fibre cloth into the gutter and push the remaining debris to the opposite side of the gutter so it can be collected at the end of the gutter. Rinse the gutter through with clean water. Do not push any debris into the downpipes as this could block the drains.

Conservatory Valley Gutter

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How can I keep my gutters from getting clogged?2022-03-06T00:25:39+00:00

5 Easy tips to prevent you gutters from getting clogged

Clogged Gutters

  • Clean you gutters out regularly and at least once every 6 months.
  • Trim back trees and bushes that are close to your property.
  • Scrape and debris including moss off the roof.
  • Install downpipe filters to prevent blockages in the downpipes and drains.
  • Clean out your gutters at the same time as your neighbours if you have a shared guttering system.

 

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How do I clear a blocked downpipe?2022-03-05T08:38:22+00:00

How do I clear a blocked downpipe?

Blocked Downpipe

To clear a blocked downpipe, you will need to access the outlet and remove the offset downpipe joints.

If the blockage is in offset you can clean it out and rinse it through with some water.

Remove the screws from one side of each of the downpipe brackets and just loosen the opposite side so that the brackets can be unclipped from the downpipe without fully removing them. This will help you refit the downpipe when you have finished. Remove the downpipe and check for blockages – blockages usually occur in the bottom of the downpipe.

While the downpipe is detached check the drain for blockages and scoop out any debris. Flush the drain with clean water to check it is free flowing.

Once the blockage is removed, you can reinstall the downpipe.


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How do I know if my downpipe is blocked?2022-03-06T00:23:37+00:00

How do you know if your downpipe is blocked?

Downpipe Blocked

It may be a sign that’s your downpipe is blocked if your gutters are overflowing or if there is very little rain water coming through the downpipe. You may even see a wet or damp wall which is caused by the blockage.

Downpipes can get blocked by any debris that washes into the gutter from the roof which can block in the gutter outlet, in the swan neck, in the downpipe itself, or in the drain.

Common downpipe blockages are caused by roofing debris such as broken tiles and mortar, gutter debris such as moss and leaves, and foreign objects such as birds and tennis balls.

Half-Round Gutter2022-02-24T16:38:00+00:00

112mm Half-Round Gutter is one of the most common and most popular gutter systems on the market.

The half round gutter system is very user friendly with most parts being interchangeable between brands. It’s a very cost effective solution and is readily available as it can be picked up in most DIY stores.

112mm half-round gutter is suited to properties which have a small to medium size roof. A variety of colours are available including white, black, brown, grey and anthracite.

Deep Flow Gutters2022-03-06T00:26:40+00:00

Deep flow gutters are a larger, deeper profile than the standard 112mm half round gutters which are designed to cope with up to 50% more rainwater. The increased flow rate enable downpipes to be kept to a minimum while preventing the gutters from overflowing.

Deep flow gutters are suited to properties with large roofs or that of which have steep pitches. Properties with smaller roofs can also benefit from the upgrade and will help in torrential rain storms which are becoming more frequent.

Many brands offer their own profile of deep flow gutter which can vary in size.

Flowplast Hi-Cap (115mm x 75mm)

Marshall Tuflex Universal XL (114mm x 71.5mm)

Polypipe Deep Capacity (117mm x 75mm)

Kayflow Deepflow (114mm x 71mm)

Freeflow Deep Gutter (116mm x 77mm)

 

Deep Flow Gutters

Square Gutter2022-03-06T00:16:06+00:00

Square line Gutter

114mm square line guttering is a very common and popular choice for homes in areas that have average rainfall. Many brands of 114mm square line guttering systems are mostly compatible so can usually be interchanged with little problem.

Marley Flowline 112mm is a square profile gutter which is not interchangeable and has a different profile to other brands.

Square Line Gutter

Ogee Gutter Profile2022-02-23T19:31:23+00:00

Ogee Gutter Profile

According to WikipediaOgee is the name given to objects, elements, and curves—often seen in architecture and building trades—that have been variously described as serpentine-, extended S-, or sigmoid-shaped.

Ogee gutter is known to be the most decorative guttering profile available. Unlike many of the standard guttering profiles such as square and half-round guttering, Ogee guttering is not interchangeable with other brands, for example you cannot use a Floplast union joint on a Marley Gutter even if they are both an Ogee profile.

Freeflow ogee and Marley Regency have both been designed to be reversible. This is beneficial and will allow you to install the gutter and gutter joints either way round because the profile is identical on the back face as it is on the front face.

 

Rainwater Overshooting the Gutter

Polypipe Extra Capacity, Kayflow (Swish), and Marshall Tuflex gutter profiles have been designed a higher front edge than the back, which can prevent water from overshooting the gutter.

 


Common Ogee Gutter Systems

Marley Regency 125mm x 70mm

Polypipe ROG01B 130mm x 70mm

Polypipe Extra Capacity 130mm x 70mm

Polypipe Sovereign 117 x 75mm

Polypipe Elegance (Cast Iron Effect) 130mm x 70mm

Floplast Niagara 110mm x 80mm

Freeflow Ogee 135mm x 77mm

Marshall Tufflex Universal Plus 128 x 74mm

Kayflow Ogee 120mm x 70mm

 

Ogee Gutter

 

 

Is it normal for gutters to overflow in heavy rain?2022-03-06T00:05:05+00:00

Is it normal for gutters to overflow in heavy rain?

Overflowing Gutters

Overflowing gutters in heavy rain may be a sign that your guttering system is inadequate or has been installed poorly.

If your property does not have enough downpipes the guttering may not be able to cope with large amounts of rainwater and remove it from the gutter quick enough. The more downpipes you have will increase the ability for the rainwater to be drained quickly and prevent overflowing.

A lager profile of gutter such as an Ogee or deep flow profile will hold more rainwater giving the system more time to drain without overflowing. More and more properties are now being fitted with larger guttering profiles to cope with heavy rainfall we experience regularly in modern times.

 


 

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Can clogged gutters make your house smell?2022-02-21T19:43:50+00:00

Your house could develop an unpleasant smell if your clogged gutters result in damp, mould and/or rot. If the gutters cannot divert rainwater away from the property effectively and instead leaks or overflows, it can cause penetrating damp which is a breading ground for mould. Rotting wooden fascias, soffits, barge boards, and window sills can also release unpleasant smells and attract insects.

Furthermore, if your gutters fill up with bird poop, it can give off very nasty smells, especially on hot sunny days.

 

What is the most common problem with gutters?2022-03-06T00:29:33+00:00

What is the most common problem with gutters?

Damaged House

The most common problems with gutters are:

  • Blocked gutters, outlets and downpipes
  • Leaking gutter joints
  • Perished joint seals
  • Insufficient gutter capacity
  • Poor drainage due to gutter alignment
  • Not enough downpipes installed
  • Gutter cut too short
  • Lack of gutter supports installed
  • Gutter joints not secured to the fascia board
  • Old narrow gutter joints not allowing sufficient expansion

 


 

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How do I stop my gutters from leaking?2022-03-06T00:36:14+00:00

How do I stop my gutters from leaking?

Leaking Gutters

Your gutters could be leaking for a number of reasons. To stop your gutters from leaking you first need to determine why they are leaking.

Your gutters could be leaking due to:

  • Blockages in the gutter.
  • Failing gutter joint seals.
  • Movement in the gutter.
  • Poor gutter alignment.
  • An old degraded guttering system.
  • Insufficient gutter capacity.
  • Poor installation.
  • Lack of gutter supports.

You can fix many gutter leaks by cleaning out the gutters, outlets and downpipes and replacing fault gutter joints.

Can leaking gutters be repaired?2022-03-05T08:40:14+00:00

Can leaking gutters be repaired?

Leaking gutters can often be repaired successfully. The most common gutter problem is a leaking gutter joint. Gutter joints can usually be repaired by either replacing the joint, replacing the seals, or by completing a expert repair using a low-modulus, waterproof sealant that remains flexible when fully cured.

How do you repair a gutter section?2022-02-09T13:54:04+00:00

How do you repair a gutter section?

A gutter section can be repaired by replacing it. Make a note of the size, colour, and profile of the gutter so you can buy an identical gutter section.

Start by unclipping the gutter brackets and any joints that is connected to the gutter.

Check that the gutter joints are secure and are in the correct position. There is sometimes a mark on the inside of the gutter joint indicating where the gutter should be inserted to.

Check that the gutter brackets are firm and secure.

Measure the distance between the gutter joints, ensuring that you are measuring up to the marks on the gutter joint.

Before inserting the new gutter section, It is important that the connecting gutter joints and seals are clean and that the seals are in good condition.

Once the gutter is inserted into the correct position, clips the brackets and joints back onto the gutter to secure it.

Apply a low-modulous, waterproof sealant that remains flexible to the inside of the gutter to seal the gutter joints. This will help prevent excessive contraction and expansion which can cause gutters to leak.

 

Is it better to replace or repair gutters?2022-02-09T13:40:43+00:00

Is it better to replace or repair gutters?

In many circumstances gutters can be repaired without the need for replacing. Gutter repairs will usually be cheaper than replacing the gutters. The most common gutter problem is a leaking gutter joint. Leaking joints can usually be replaced or repaired without needing to replace the whole gutter system. A good guttering expert will be able to repair gutters permanently.

Gutters sometimes need replacing if the gutter is twisted, cracked or damaged. Furthermore, if the gutter is poorly aligned and is not draining rainwater properly, it is usually more cost effective to replace the whole guttering system including the joints rather than cleaning and resealing the old ones.

How much does it cost to repair a loose gutter?2022-02-09T13:30:32+00:00

How much does it cost to repair a loose gutter?

Standard gutter repairs that require no fascia work can cost anywhere from £20 – £200. If the gutter is loose because of the fascia board, the price could exceed £400+

The cost to repair a loose gutter will depend on why the gutter is loose and will need to be investigated by a professional to find out why.

Common causes of loose gutters are:

  • Rotten wooden fascia boards
  • Snapped gutter/fascia brackets
  • Gutter joints that have not been secured to the fascia board
  • Incorrect fixings used to secure the gutter brackets
  • Poor installation
  • Insufficient amount of gutter brackets
How can I clean my gutters without a ladder?2022-03-06T00:46:47+00:00

How can I clean my gutters without a ladder?

Gutter Cleaning Services

You can clean out gutters without a ladder if you have a gutter cleaning vacuum with telescopic poles. This will allow you to clean out gutters from the safety of the ground. You can position a camera on top of the gutter cleaning pole to see the results as you are cleaning the gutters out.

Is gutter cleaning worth it?2022-02-09T13:13:34+00:00

Is gutter cleaning worth it?

Yes, gutter cleaning is worth it. Regular gutter cleaning will prevent blockages in your gutters, downpipes and drains. It will also prevent leaks and damage caused by the extra weight that the debris adds to the gutter. Gutters that overflow or leak can cause water damage to the property and foundations such as internal leaks, damp, decay, and mould.

Did you know, some insurance companies have conditions within their policies that require proof of regular gutter cleaning maintenance.

What is the easiest way to clean gutters?2022-02-09T13:03:10+00:00

What is the easiest way to clean gutters?

The easiest way to clean gutters is to hire a professional to clean the gutter for you.

If you choose to clean your gutters yourself, the easiest way to clean gutters is with a ladder and a bucket.

Use a ladder limb to safely hang your bucket from. Scoop the debris out by hand ensuring you are wearing suitable gloves.

For best results, use a damp sponge or cloth to push the remaining slurry along the gutter to leave it clean. Set up your ladder in the next position within arms reach of the previous one.  Continue to scoop out the debris by hand before pulling the damp sponge towards you again.

Repeat this process until you reach the end of the gutter. Do not push any debris down the downpipe! You could block the downpipe or drain!

Why does gutter cleaning cost so much?2022-02-09T10:43:25+00:00

Why does gutter cleaning cost so much?

A gutter cleaning service can seem expensive to some people however, the perception of cost and value differs from person to person.

Gutter cleaning is a high risk, manual job that needs to be managed to prevent injury and damage. This requires suitable training and experience to perform the job safely. This along with adequate insurance is therefore essential to protect you and the company.

Gutter cleaning is also a dirty job which can be difficult and time consuming to complete properly. Gutter cleaning may involve the use of access equipment and/or gutter cleaning vacuums and tools which can be very expensive to buy and maintain.

All of these elements may be considered by your gutter cleaning company and can reflect in the cost of their gutter cleaning service.

What is considered too cheap for gutter cleaning?2022-02-09T10:36:29+00:00

What is considered too cheap for gutter cleaning?

The saying goes, “You get what you pay for you pay for” meaning the service or thing that can be bought for a very low price probably isn’t very good.

Just like any other service, if a gutter cleaning service is priced too cheaply, it may be a sign that you are not going to get the service you anticipate. Here are some reasons why some businesses may be charging their gutter cleaning services too cheap.

  • No insurance or inadequate insurance cover.
  • Poor quality service.
  • Lack of training and experience.
  • Tax evasion.

It is good practice to obtain 3 quotes from businesses that have a good reputation and with plenty of positive reviews. Doing this will help you determine the average price of a good gutter cleaning service.

 

What can change the cost of gutter cleaning?2022-02-09T10:43:52+00:00

What can change the cost of gutter cleaning?

Here is a list of reasons why the cost of gutter cleaning can vary;

Size of the property.
Height of the gutters.
Type and location of the gutters.
How difficult the job is to complete.
Access to the gutters.
Working methods required.
Type of debris to be cleaned out of the gutter.
How long ago it was last cleaned.
The risk factor.
Generally, the bigger the house, the more gutters there will be to clean out. The higher up the gutters are, the more difficult they are to access and clean, which also increases the risks associated with working at height. Likewise, gutters in awkward locations such as over conservatories and valley gutters, will cost more to clean out as they are more difficult to access and require more skill to reduce the risk of damage or injury.

A larger/deeper gutter will accommodate more debris. The cost will vary depending on whether the gutters can be cleaned out safely using a gutter cleaning vacuum, or if traditional gutter cleaning is required with a bucket and a ladder. The type of debris that needs to be cleaned out of the gutter will determine how quick and easy is will be to clean out the gutters. For example, wet, sludgy gutter debris or dense vegetation is harder to remove from the gutter than dry leaves.

If the gutters haven’t been cleaned out routinely, it is more likely that there will be more debris to remove. If a ladder or other access equipment is required, the ease of access to the gutter may also reflect on the price of gutter cleaning.

What does it cost to get gutters cleaned?2022-02-09T10:39:33+00:00

What does it cost to get gutters cleaned?

A professional gutter cleaning company will typically charge anywhere from £50-£250 for a standard residential property depending on the size of the property and the difficulty of the gutter cleaning task.

Find out what can change the cost of gutter cleaning?

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