Gutter Cleaning and Gutter Clearing
Gutter cleaning is essential in maintaining clear running gutters. With the amount of rainfall the UK gets each year keeping your gutters cleaned and maintained on a regular basis will prevent water damage to other parts of your building. Water damage, caused by blocked gutters, can have serious consequences for the structure of a building.
With regular gutter cleaning and maintenance, you can prevent building damage and damage to your gutters.
When clogged gutters backup with rainwater your gutters can be damaged and pulled away from the building, as well as causing the fascia and soffits to rot if they are made from wood.
So if you haven’t had your gutters cleaned for over a year then it would be a good idea to have a full gutter service from Roof Smart and if any repairs are required we can ensure these are done for you to prevent further damage. Then we can arrange for you to have regular gutter cleaning and maintenance.
Gutter cleaning, repairs, replacement and maintenance
The Roof Smart gutter cleaning and maintenance packages can include the following:
- dirt moss and weeds cleaned out
- outlets unblocked
- union joints resealed or renewed
- overflow problems solved without replacing guttering where possible
Gutter clearing machinery
We use state of the art gutter clearing machinery which negates the need for ladders and decreases safety hazards.
Our gutter cleaning machines, tools and gutter clearing equipment includes high reach inspection systems for accurate detection of blockages.
What damage can be done by blocked gutters?
Cleaning out gutters twice a year - once in spring and again in autumn - can prevent major problems for a home. Regular gutter cleaning protects a building from the damage caused by run-off water or polling water which can lead to foundation damage, fascia board replacements and roof leaks - all of which can be expensive to repair. So, the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’ rings true here.
Mould growth and foundation damage
The main role of guttering is to channel water off the roof away from a building’s foundations.
Blocked gutters cause water to pour over the sides of the gutters and pool around those foundations. So over time this can cause cracks in the supporting walls and damage to the foundations which, in a worst-case scenario, can result in the collapse of the building.
Hopefully the foundations will be okay however the overflowing water can cause damp walls and mould growth which is a health hazard.
Fascia board damage
Fascia boards hold the guttering system in place so if the gutters are clogged and fill with water the boards start to deteriorate and if they are made from wood they will rot and therefore have to be replaced.
Clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow out of the gutter and down the sides of the building. This overflowing water can seep in to the walls and cause cracks in the brickwork or stonework or if the building has wood siding then this can rot as well.
What causes damaged or blocked gutters?
Gutters can be blocked with dirt, moss, twigs, leaves and weeds - the seeds of which get blown into the gutters by the wind. It’s best to have your gutters cleaned regularly to avoid damage to your property.
How do you know if your gutters are blocked?
Mould and Damp
If your gutters are blocked you may see water running down the outside your building which can cause mould to grow on the inside and outside of the wall. This is because water can penetrate through walls causing damage to paint and wallpaper which can go unnoticed if hidden behind furniture.
Pointing Damage and Moss
Clogged gutters cause them to overflow resulting in water pouring down the wall. This in turn causes damage to the brickwork or stonework and pointing. The damp that penetrates these walls can encourage moss growth which adds to the problem by retaining the water and not letting the walls dry out.
Leaking roofs and sagging ceilings
Blocked gutters stop the free flowing of water from the roof when it rains. The water can stand for hours or longer blocking the outlets. This standing water can leak into ceiling cavities causing them to sag and eventually collapse ruining building’s contents.
Water splashback damage
Water that leaks from blocked gutters onto the ground can cause splashback which can damage the walls of your property. The affected areas can suffer from this penetrating damp which is noticeable by mould growth, peeling paintwork, wood rot and unsightly cosmetic damage.
Here at Roof Smart we believe it is important for regular gutter cleaning to ensure your gutters stay clean to prevent blockages and also prevent damp or mould issues, so contact our gutter cleaning experts today by filling in the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.