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The importance of gutter clearing

As the trees give up their leaves for winter, the rich red, vibrant yellow and autumnal brown leaves can be very beautiful, but they can also cause damage to your property if you don’t ensure regular gutter clearing.

Leaves falling from trees get washed into the gutters. As they begin to decompose, they clump together, blocking downpipes and stopping water from escaping. The result is water can cascade down the side of your house, loosening the pointing between brickwork and providing the perfect environment for algae to grow.

The weight of the sodden leaves can also pull on the gutter fixings and put strain on the guttering, loosening it from the property. Guttering can fall down, or become misshapen, failing to connect and preventing the water from getting to the down pipe. Vast quantities of water seeping into the ground at one point over a prolonged period could even cause severe structural damage.

In order to prevent leaves from causing damage to your property, it’s important to arrange regular gutter clearing each year.

Sometimes accessing gutters and downpipes can be difficult, for example, if there’s a conservatory or a single storey building in the way, or if the building is several stories high. In these cases, it can be worthwhile getting a professional in high access cleaning in to remove the leaves from your gutters.

Professionals that offer gutter clearing services aren’t only likely to have the appropriate access equipment to access guttering safely, but they’ll also be experienced in removing hard-to-reach leaves that may have already travelled down downpipes.

Of course, in addition to safely accessing the guttering, it’s important that anyone involved in gutter clearing looks out for the welfare of those who may be working or walking below. Professional cleaning companies such as Rainbow that offer gutter clearing, often have the health and safety awareness and equipment to cordon off any areas necessary to ensure there’s no risk to the public whilst leaves , moss , and lichen are being removed from gutters.

To arrange your gutter clearing this autumn, call Rainbow International on 01623 422488. With 70 branches across the UK, on average we have a branch just 23 miles from any postcode, so we’re likely to have a branch near you.

04/09/19