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If you are like most people, you probably never give much thought to your gutters.  We all take our gutters for granted, never giving them much thought when they seem to be doing their job – that is of course, until they don’t!  Think about it, when was the last time you stood on a ladder and checked to make sure all was working as expected in your gutters?  Or even hired someone else to check them for you?  Yet, if you don’t pay at least a little attention to them, there is a lot of irreparable damage that can be caused by ignoring them.

Gutters are there whether we see them or not.  They are a pertinent part of the house and a key to home maintenance.  We tend to forget about them but they are there for a purpose.  Clogged gutters can be a problem and they are one of the main causes of ground-floor (or basement) water problems and cracked foundations.  It is difficult to imagine something high above your head can be responsible for damages that can occur below your feet.  With an annual maintenance program, you can avoid potential costly repairs and damage to your home.

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Gutters are designed to direct water flow down a spout and away from your home.  When installed or cleaned properly this will prevent a series of problems such as:

  • Flooding your ground-floor or basement – Would you believe the main cause of water damage in a basement comes from clogged gutters?  When it rains, water drains from your roof but if it has nowhere to go, it will discover the path of least resistance.  Often, this is inside your soffits where it will run all the way down into the basement. If you don’t have a basement, the water often causes the problem on your lowest floor.
  • Cracked Foundations – This is more of a threat in cold weather when the foundation of a home can be compromised by freezing temperatures.  When water settles around your foundation it can cause a condition called frost heave.  This can cause severe cracks in your foundation.
  • Rotten Wood – This is a result of trapped moisture cut off from air circulation to help dry out the wood fascia around the house.
  • Insect Breeding – When your gutters do not drain properly and there is freestanding debris and water left in them they are a breeding ground for a variety of insects including wasps and wood destroying insects.

Cleaning your gutters regularly can save you lots of work and headaches later.  Here are some tips to follow:

  1. Make sure you have a safe ladder.  If you have to lean it against the roof, make sure you don’t lean it against the downspout or gutter.
  2. More than likely, you will find the gutters full of caked dirt, leaves, twigs and numerous other materials.  Remove the loose material with a scoop, garden trowel or large spoon.
  3. Wet down the left over caked dirt so it can be easily scrapped away without damaging the gutter.
  4. If you find your downspouts are clogged place a garden hose at the top and turn on using light pressure then working it up as necessary.  If this doesn’t work, use a plumbers snake.
  5. Once you have finished cleaning, run water in the gutters to check for any leaks.

You have probably heard the expression, “it’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it.”  Well, guess what?  If you don’t fancy servicing and clearing your gutters yourself, the drain doctor can help! We now offer gutter cleaning across Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk! Contact us today for more information.

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