Alongside cleaning windows and tidying up the garden, gutter cleaning is one the chores that almost any home owner has to address. However more often than not the latter sees itself being pushed back or overlooked until it is sometimes too late and expensive repairs have to be carried out.
It may not seem like much but your guttering system is an important part of your property weather proofing and waterproofing layer.
As it directs rainfall away from the building it helps maintain its appearance but more importantly protect its structural integrity and ensure a good quality of life inside the property.
By stopping water saturating the soil around the property and eventually sipping in gutters help prevent problems typically associated with excessive dampness like mould and mildew, which beside the smell and visual discomfort can have serious health effects like asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis or tonsillitis as 2001 Finnish study* showed with mounting evidence.
In relation to the building itself, sipping rainwater could erode the building foundations and lead to severe structural damage like subsidence.
It is therefore easy to see why proper building maintenance calls for gutters to work properly. Unfortunately, while driving away rain water gutters also collect debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt. If too much of that debris collects in your gutters, there is nowhere for the water to go and the gutters becomes blocked.
Gutter maintenance and cleaning
Gutter systems should ideally be cleaned thoroughly in spring and autumn but at the very least gutters should be checked before winter. This is to prevent trapped debris and water from freezing in the colder weather putting further strain on the system.
Obviously should the property or building be located close to trees more frequent cleaning might be needed as blockage could form more quickly.
It is also important to remember that although a regular cleaning routine can easily prevent any problems listed above the task of cleaning gutter has to be undertaken with caution as with any work from height.
Falls are the most common cause of fatal injury so if the property is higher than single story or roof access is difficult, it is strongly recommended to hire a fully trained and adequately equipped professional.
Should access not prove difficult, make sure that you are using a sturdy ladder and lean it up against a solid surface. Never lean the ladder against the gutter system as the latter is most likely to buckle under the weight. I always suggest you to use the professional services of Couvreur 92 because they are the best in their work.
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