Over time guttering may become blocked by waste, leaves, or moss which can lead to leaks or damage to the guttering. Leaking or poorly draining guttering can cause further problems to the building including severe structural issues, therefore it is crucial to have your guttering cleaned out if you suspect there could be any blockages. Regular preventative cleaning will ensure that your guttering is collecting and diverting rainwater as efficiently as possible. Cleaning guttering is commonly done by making use of specialist equipment like telescopic hoses or high access vans, and professional guttering companies can utilise this equipment to clear blockages and clean out the guttering system.
Guttering blockages can result in a build up of water in the guttering itself. This is particularly serious in downpipes, where water could sit for a considerable period of time. In winter this water could freeze and cause serious damage to the guttering. Preventative gutter cleaning is vital to stop this from happening. Specialist guttering companies can evaluate your gutter cleaning and maintenance needs and agree on a continuous schedule of work with you, ensuring that they comply with all health and safety requirements for working at height. The type and frequency of gutter cleaning can vary greatly depending on the style of guttering you have as well as the position of any near by trees, but a standard guide is that cleaning should be performed twice yearly to ensure that your guttering remains in the best condition possible.