Should You Clean Your Gutters in Winter?
Keeping gutters clean is a vital part of gutter maintenance, helping to prevent a series…Read more
Gutter cleaning is a quick and simple process that can help to avoid major damage to your home and the high repair bill that will come with that. If your gutters haven’t been cleaned in many years then it could be time to book a cleaning as soon as possible. But in terms of regular upkeep, a regularly scheduled gutter cleaning is important for the protection of your home. In this guide from Coastal Drains, we’ll explore the importance of gutter cleaning, how often to clean your gutters in the UK, and how to clean them.
Gutter cleaning is essential for any home or commercial building with gutters installed. Over time, gutters will become clogged with leaves, twigs, moss, and other debris, either dropped or blown into them. This can either clog the gutter itself, or lodge within the downpipe, which connects your gutters to your drains. This can cause water to back up from the downpipe, and spill over the edge of the gutters. Here are some of the dangers posed by a compromised gutter system:
Regular gutter cleaning is a home maintenance essential, allowing water to drain easily into the gutters of your house, with a clear gutter and downpipe keeping it away from the roof, walls, and foundation. Alongside keeping them clean, making sure your gutters are operational is important. Gutters that are damaged or not properly connected also pose risks, with water leaking through their gaps onto your property.
The first thing to state is that if you believe your gutters are currently blocked, you should have them cleaned immediately. If you can see water overflowing from your gutters, or are having issues with dampness and mould in your home, then you should act quickly to reduce further risk to your property. When it comes to how often you should clean regular UK gutters, the general rule is that they should be cleaned once a year in the UK. This will help to ensure that there isn’t a substantial buildup of debris within them.
If your gutters are under a shedding tree such as a pine tree then you should schedule a cleaning for the autumn, to ensure they remain clear for as long as possible. Some experts would also recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year, in spring and august, which could be necessary for areas with large amounts of debris.
To properly clean your gutters, you’ll need to clean both the gutter and the downpipe. There are a variety of tools that can be purchased to access gutters, such as long pole cleaners or gutter vacuums. If you can access your own gutters either from a flat roof or from a ladder then you can use a gutter scoop, essentially a plastic rounded trowel, to pull out all debris. Alternatively, you can use a professional gutter cleaning company, that will utilise a range of systems to effectively and quickly clear both your gutter and your downpipe. In addition, they will be able to clean the exterior of your gutters and perform repairs to them.
Gutter guards are a type of gutter protection intended to prevent debris from getting lodged in a gutter, and they come in a range of styles. While these will help to keep out bulkier items like sticks, they are still not 100% effective and gutter cleaning will still be required, although your home will be at a lower risk.
Coastal Drains offers a thorough and professional gutter cleaning service across Sussex, expertly removing leaves, algae, and other debris from all types of gutters and downpipes, as well as performing gutter maintenance tasks. We have accrued an excellent reputation over the last 15 years, with a 5-star rating on Checkatrade. We offer 24/7 call-outs, and will beat any price for gutter cleaning across Sussex, guaranteed.
Whether looking for an emergency cleaning, or your yearly scheduled clean, contact Coastal Drains today.