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How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters? - Is Gutter Cleaning Necessary?

How often should you be having your gutters cleaned? 

Gutter cleaning is essential for any home. But how often should you be having your gutters cleaned? Let us explain why it’s so important and how frequent cleaning should be.

Gutters are an essential part of the structure of your property, whether it is your home that needs gutter cleaning or a commercial property. Your guttering, in essence, protects the bricks and mortar from water damage caused by leaks and overflow. Their function is simple, but the impact of blockages and damage can cause owners thousands of pounds if they’re not cared for.

In simple terms, it is just not worth the risk of leaving your guttering exposed to the elements without a bit of regular TLC.

What happens if you don’t clean your gutters?

Gutters channel the flow of rainwater from roof top, via a downpipe to your drainage system. The water is then, in most cases, entered back into our sewage system. These gutter types make it possible to protect your roof, your walls, your building’s foundations, and the surrounding landscape. So, it’s super important to ensure they function as they are intended.

Our gutter cleaning experts have seen a range of situations occur through lack of regular gutter cleaning. Unfortunately, when you neglect your guttering, what should have been a relatively straightforward maintenance process can lead to an expensive nightmare. 

If a gutter becomes clogged with leaves, sticks and/or other debris you might be dealing with a leaky roof or substantial water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. It isn’t just the impact of the British weather, gutters are also notorious for attracting pests such as rodents, mould, birds or even wasp nests. 

As well as these issues, clogged gutters can also cause weight strain on your roof and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters). If the gutters are too full, they could possibly collapse off the roof of your home, causing damage to the shingles of the roof and the exterior of the property. 

Either way, without a regular gutter cleaning, you could end up with an even bigger problem than needing pest control or a good gutter clear out.

How often should you clean your gutters?

We recommend that you clean your guttering twice a year, but it does depend on the area you live in. For example, if you live in a rural location surrounded by lots of trees and foliage, you might need to look at having your gutters cleaned more regularly.

As you can imagine, the weather will impact the timings of cleaning. In other words, it is better to opt for a late spring clean when the weather has started to turn. Spring, in theory, brings with it much warmer spells and should be a much less windy period of weather. Based on our climate though, you obviously never really know for sure - let’s say it’s a rule of thumb!

Then the second yearly clean is best to be done in autumn when we tend to see windy periods where nature encourages the trees to shed their leaves.

How often you clean your gutters will also depend on the style of the property. All buildings have a range of gutter types based on when they were built. If they haven’t needed replacing since build, older style properties have different requirements.

Historically, guttering was made from lead or cast iron, and PVC was introduced in the 1930s. It’s a much more versatile and practical material for managing differing levels of water flow. So, this does mean that no one job can be the same. That then impacts on the frequency of cleaning needed.

 Why use a professional like us for gutter cleaning?

There are many reasons to opt to bring in the professionals, one of which is for safety purposes. Our team of experts are well trained in all safety measures to ensure the safety of customers, themselves and the building itself. Climbing a ladder without the correct equipment can be dangerous for a non-professional.

This is where we bring in the latest in state-of-the-art gutter cleaning tools. The best bit nowadays is that there isn’t even the need to use a ladder. In fact, our main gutter cleaning methods are without a ladder. We use a gutter cleaning vacuum. The gutter cleaning vac is even more efficient than manual cleaning.

When cleaning gutters we will remove all dirt and debris then flush downpipes. Our gutter cleaning vacuum will reach heights of up to eight floors. There is no mess as it sucks gutters clean using powerful wet and dry vacuum technology. It is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, making it possible to access hard to reach areas at both domestic and commercial properties. It is even complete with a camera so we can still see the guttering in full while we work and also supply photos and videos as part of our final report.

We not only clean your guttering - we can also offer gutter maintenance. We can repair and replace guttering up to six floors high without scaffolding. But don’t worry, anything above this height can still be reached. How? By using our team who are fully qualified and experienced in the use of scissor lifts as well as our adventure seekers who are fully trained abseilers.

To find out more about our gutter cleaning services, or our gutter maintenance service, please get in touch. Call us direct on 020 3551 6206, visit our contact page or email info@spectrumss.co.uk. We operate all over the UK, so our teams are available nationwide.

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