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Even though they’re "out of sight and out of mind" for the majority of the time, your gutters actually play a huge role in the structural integrity of your house, and keeping them clean is a great way to avoid the potentially costly expense of gutter repairs.
Gutters have one job: to guide rainwater off your roof and straight down the drain. Despite their importance, though, it can be all too easy to forget about them until something goes wrong. If your gutters become clogged or broken, the results can be serious: not only could you end up with structural damage, the resulting damp can cause health issues for you and your family.
Whether you have cast iron, plastic, or pressed steel gutters, they should be cleaned twice annually in order to keep them performing properly, and to avoid the need for gutter repairs in the future.
What causes damaged or blocked gutters?
When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it's important to remember one simple fact: clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and (in some unfortunate cases) dead animals. One simple way to tell if you're in need of gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it's raining - if water is running down the side of your house, it's likely that your gutters are blocked.
Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are the most common cause of isolated damp in homes across the UK. Leaks can occur when bits of debris get caught in the joints, or simply from general wear and tear. If you’re experiencing damp in your property, it’s a good idea to check your gutters before you do anything else to see if that’s what’s causing the problem.
One final sign of damage to look out for is sagging gutters. This can happen when the gutter becomes weighed down by debris and standing water, or when there are rusty screws and faulty brackets. Frequent gutter cleaning can highlight these problems. Using our state of the art Gutter cam we can show you footage of your gutters before and after we have cleared them.Using the skyVac™ Industrial 85 Machine and skyVac™ Elite Pole Set we can clean any buildings gutters without the need of ladders, towers or scaffolding. This is thanks to the skyVac™ Elite carbon fibre pole system, which reaches heights of up to 4 stories /12m/ 40ft.
The first thing we do when we arrive on site is set up the inspection camera and pole and examine your gutters and show you pictures. Then we plan where to start with our gutter clearing and gutter cleaning service.
Here is a view from our camera onto our monitor which showed the customers gutters full of moss. Before our gutter cleaning service got started. This is why it is important to have your gutter clearing.
Now the gutter clearing begins using our Skyvac with 3 powerful motors and our carbon pole system. Our equipment makes our gutter cleaning service very efficient.
What is collected during gutter clearing is great for plants and can be used for compost on your flower beds. No waste and everything recycled and the gutter is clear. What a gutter cleaning service.
As you can see from this picture the gutters are full of moss and sludge.
What a difference, all that extra weight has been removed using our gutter cleaning service and gutter is able to run away now the gutter clearing has been performed.
Gutters are full of dried leaves.
Gutters are now clear.
This gutter was full of moss, sludge and water.
Gutter clearing now completely clear using our gutter cleaning service