With autumn now gone and as we now edge towards spring it is now the time to start thinking about giving your gutters the once over and a good spring clean. As we all know gutters keep water from falling on our heads when we walk into a building, however more importantly and what is not common knowledge to most people is that a gutter prevents water running down near your foundations, which in time can damage the structural integrity of a building.
All gutters whether they are made from steel, pvc, copper or aluminium should ideally should be cleaned a minimum of three times every year, and whilst most of us don’t need reminding to do the maintenance checks when the autumn leaves start falling from the trees, many people forget that early spring is just as important as the pre winter inspection.
With heavy rain and for some parts of the country and the potential snowfall in winter, combined with the freezing conditions of the UK and the build-up of Moss, mud and tree debris between inspections and cleans, come the season of spring gutters are most commonly not performing as they should well be. And after such a hammering over the colder months of the year, It’s always best to tackle any potential problems before the showery weather of March and April takes hold across the country – it is always far easier to prevent these problems than rectify them when it all goes wrong.
Gutter maintenance is an important part of a buildings annual upkeep and ensures that you’re never caught out by soaked property or merchandise, water damaged equipment or in extreme cases an unsafe building. If you’re already thinking of giving your home, office or out buildings a spring clean we always recommend to do the same with your gutters.
If you are unsure whether your gutters need it or not, it’s simply as easy as going outside during a downpour and checking how much water is actually coming out of the end of your down pipe. If the water flow is slow and a minimal amount is running through the you know it’s time to give them a clean.