North West Timber Treatments Ltd.

Tips for keeping your guttering safe and sound all year round

Tips for keeping your guttering safe and sound all year round

Guttering is quite a tedious thing to maintain in the home, but it’s a very important one. It can be the difference between free-flowing water not finding its way into your home through the slightest split, shake or crack in the roof, which is why keeping them maintained, up to scratch and like new is so important.

How to Clean your Gutters?

Generally, getting a professional in to do the job is your best bet, but if you feel like this is something you can do on your own to save a bit of money then you will need to do the following:

  1. For bits that's tough to get out or time-consuming to remove by hand, use a gutter scoop. You can even cut one out from a plastic milk jug to scoop up the rubbish clogging up your gutters.
  2. Use a power washer. Using one of these allows you to quickly blast away the dirt and debris left behind. If you don't want to spend the money to rent or buy one, try using your garden hose.
  3. For stubborn debris in the elbows of your downspouts, try using a plumber's snake tool. It's not only useful for snaking out your plumbing pipes, but it's great for your gutter system as well.

How often should you clean your gutters?

It Is recommended that you clean your guttering twice a year but that can vary for anyone based on where you live. Depending on if you have trees above your roof, or if you live somewhere which tends to see a bit more rainfall than surrounding areas. The more rain flows though the gutters the more often you should clean it. This is to make sure that the water flows freely though the channels and can be taken away from your home rather than building up.

Why Should I clean my gutters?

  1. To prevent water damage. When gutters and downspouts are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater might not drain through properly. As the water overflows from the gutters, it can cause damage to the interior and exterior of your household.
  2. To keep pests from causing problems. If leaves and other things clog up the drainage, it may leave a desirable new home for birds, rodents, or insects, which may cause further problems inside your home such as infestation.
  3. To protect your roof. Clogged guttering gives rainwater nowhere to go, this can lead to it flooding over and giving you a rotten or leaky roof, which is the last thing you want leading up to winter.

Here at NWTT we have a wide range of colours and styles within our Plastics, Fascia, and guttering products to get the best out of your home, so why not check out our UPVC section online or in store today!

Posted in Garden, Building, News and offers and tagged Guttering, UPVC, Fascia, gutter on