Gutter, Gutters Guttering & Gutter Systems
You must ensure your gutters are clear and clean as an important part of your homes weatherproofing & waterproofing system.
All sorts of Debris can collect in the gutters. Grass, moss and often birds nest can frequently be found to be the cause of blockage to the gutter. It is difficult to predict and prevent however as for the most part the contents of the gutter is very difficult to see from the ground.
It is important that the gutters are cleaned regularly. Bi-annually is preferred. Spring and Autumn ideally. However if your house is located directly under trees more frequent cleaning may be required. It is advisable to minimally have the gutters cleaned before winter. If debris and water get trapped in the gutter it can freeze in the colder weather and form blocks of ice. This will put a strain on the gutter, the gutter brackets and also the gutter mounting. The trapped water can be particularly corrosive and cause damage or rusting to the gutters. Aluminium gutters, copper gutters and steel gutters can be badly damaged by the trapped water.
If the gutters are not maintained adequately and water is unable to drain away from the house damage can result. Often the first inclination a home owner has when their gutters need cleaning is the damp coming through a wall due to a faulty gutter. Regular cleaning of the gutters can prevent problems such as this before they arise.