When it comes to household tasks and maintaining your Guildford home, there are plenty of chores that you no doubt put off or put on the backburner amid busy schedules. But if you fail to complete these all-important errands, such as clean your gutters, the issues they may cause can spiral out of control.
Guttering might not be a part of your house you think about often but when they’re not properly looked after they can cause huge problems. The main issue that homeowners face is blockages caused by gathering leaves, moss, rubbish, and other debris. General wear and tear and weather conditions can also mean that gutters don’t drain the water away as they should.
It might seem like these are minor issues but they can lead to damp homes and leaks, which can run up significant bills to sort out further down the line. When put in the context of a huge repair cost, cleaning out your guttering might not seem like as much of a chore.
So, how frequently should you be cleaning out the gutters on your home? It all depends on your home and any foliage around. Any house should have their gutters cleaned at least once a year but for better maintenance and to flag up any potential issues, it’s highly recommended that it’s a task you complete twice annually. However, if you’ve got trees nearby, especially if they’re hanging over the gutters or roof, we’re afraid it’s a task that you should be completing four or five times a year in order to remove built up leaves and other debris from the gutter.
The best time of the year to pull on your gardening gloves, get out your step ladder, and check your guttering, is the beginning of the winter season. If that does not sound appealing, alternatively you could contact the professionals. At this point leaves will have fallen, giving you a chance to scoop them out before they cause long-term blockages and the winter chills take hold. It’s also advisable to give your guttering a look over as spring approaches. The previous winter’s weather and snowfall can also cause damage to your guttering.
Throughout the year, periodically checking your gutters, such as after storms, can help you identify a potential issue before it becomes a problem. Sagging gutters are one of the tell-tale signs that it might be time to call the professionals. The experts will be able to check fittings, making sure they’re secure, and advise you on any tasks that need to be undertaken to make sure your home is kept dry, clean, and safe no matter the weather.
If you need the help of a professional to clear out your guttering or undertake repair work, you can contact Rainbow International today. We cover Guildford, Worthing, Horsham and the surrounding area.