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What Are Valley Gutters? - How Do We Clean Them?

Blockages and Aesthetics

Keeping roofs clean helps to improve their aesthetic appearance and prevents debris from the roof from falling into gutters and causing blockages. Regular roof cleaning offers property owners the opportunity to address gutter maintenance issues, such as the condition of tiles and roofing, as well as flood risks.

As roofs are often made up of irregular shapes and angles, roof maintenance is not always easy. In many cases, the most awkward and hard-to-reach are valley gutters. Therefore, flooding valley gutters are common. These distinctive gutters can become problem areas if not properly cleaned.

It is best to set up a suitable maintenance programme. Understanding why valley gutters need extra attention allows property managers to avoid leaking roofs and help take better care of their buildings.

What are Valley Gutters?

A valley gutter can be defined as the area where two main roofs meet or a change in the roof's direction. Often found between adjoining, pitched-roofed houses and warehouse buildings, valley gutters are common across the UK.

Valley gutter system can take several forms. In some cases, the gutter will be almost horizontal, with just a small angle to ensure water run-off. In other cases, the gutter may run along the same angle as one of the adjoining roof sections; this generally gives the gutter a much steeper incline.

Valley gutters can be made of many materials:


What are the 3 most Common Problems with Valley Gutters?

1. Flooding

As valley gutters are located between two areas of a sloping roof, they’re prone to flooding. All of the water that falls onto the adjoining roof surfaces will find its way straight into the valley gutter. If the gutter and drain are blocked or not up to standard, drainage can pool in the valley. Standing water can begin seeping into the property itself.

We carry out a lot of maintenance work to gutters all across London and the South-East, and this problem is a common occurrence.

2. Blockages

The problem is made worse since valley gutters are also prone to blockages. Moss, leaves, twigs and other debris that drops onto the sloping surfaces will often end up in the valley gutter.

When it enters drains, this debris can cause blockages and potentially lead to flooding, which can seriously damage the structure and aesthetics of a property. Blocked gutters can be a lot more trouble than you think, which is why we recommend the help of our experienced gutter cleaning contractors.

3. Solution

The best way to prevent flooding roofs and blockages is to clean valley gutters regularly. Cleaning these key areas removes moss and debris before they can enter the drainage system. The more often cleaning is carried out, the less chance of drain blockages causing severe drainage issues. 


How do you clean Valley Gutters?

Why are Valley Gutters Hard to Clean?

Because valley gutters are located in the dip between sloping roof sections, they can be tough to access and clean. If a building is several floors high, valley gutters can be even harder to clean, especially for operatives that lack specialist access skills and gutter cleaning equipment.

Specialist Tools for Roof Cleaning

When cleaning the roof, it is vital to use the right tools for cleaning gutters to avoid pushing debris into the drains and causing valley gutter blockages. Operatives should always check the adjoining drains at the end of the job to ensure they are clean and clear and that no further gutter repairs are needed.

During our years of experience accessing and cleaning valley gutters, hoppers and downpipes in London, Spectrum has developed innovative and effective techniques. These allow us to reach even the most awkwardly located valley gutters and remove dirt and debris quickly and efficiently.

Why is our Ladder-less Approach, Quick and Unique?

We have the best commercial guttering tools and know-how to prevent gutter flooding without using a ladder. Our ladder-less approach and unique equipment allow our operatives to clean valley gutters and blocked drains from the ground's safety. Our specialist telescopic poles let operatives work on valley gutters located up to 6 storeys high.

This impressive reach allows cleaning to be carried out quickly and effectively, protecting valley gutters from dirt, debris and blockages. This blocked drain cleaning method is sometimes called telescopic pole gutter cleaning or ladder-less gutter cleaning.

Our telescopic pole equipment enables us to reach places from the ground level that would be too dangerous to access using ladders and other conventional methods. Our teams can then provide clients with a thorough, comprehensive valley gutter cleaning service to prevent roof flooding.

Before carrying out a valley gutter clean, Spectrum operatives use cameras to photograph and film the gutters. Assessing the gutters' condition before they begin cleaning helps identify any maintenance issues that might require attention. 

What are the Advantages of Using Spectrum?

Spectrum has extensive expertise and experience accessing and cleaning all areas of a building. Our teams can use specialist equipment to access and clean all parts of a roof, including:

Our operatives' telescopic poles can reach up to 6 floors high, allowing them to quickly work on leaky roofs from the safety of the ground.

Our experience with gutter cleaning in London allows us to develop the most appropriate solution for all problem areas. We can create a detailed and effective plan for gutter debris blockages.

What we offer:

This comprehensive approach ensures all jobs are completed to the highest standard, and clients are kept informed at all times.

Properly maintaining valley gutters will help prevent blockages and leaks and keep your roof in good condition, reducing future repairs costs.


If you want to find out more about our gutter cleaning and our South London pricing, please check out our main gutter cleaning page here.

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