Gutters are a critical part of the home but often, like other things that we don’t see day to day, they can get neglected and forgotten about. The gutters, fascias, soffits and downpipes are integral to your home’s structure protecting the property from potential water damage. They are designed to carry rain water away from the property and though downpipes into the drains. If they get blocked or damaged, they can no longer perform effectively and your home and roof are vulnerable to water seeping in. we take a look at how to check your gutters and prevent damage to your property.
Visual Inspection – How to Check Your Gutters
The easiest way to check for damage is a visual inspection. You will need a ladder (we urge you to exercise caution when climbing a ladder) and check if there is any build-up of debris, especially at this time of year when the autumn leaves are falling. You will need to check inside the guttering – you cannot just carry out an inspection from the ground. You may find old birds’ nests blocking them as well as moss and other things potentially clogging up the gutters.
Clear Out any Blockages and Debris
If there is any form off debris blocking your gutter, you need to clear it out immediately. The water needs a clear path so that it doesn’t start looking for another way out! Remove any debris and give everything a good clean while you are there. You can arrange to have your gutters professionally cleaned too if you feel this would help.
Look for signs of wear and tear. Pay particular attention the joints which could start to leak. Look for cracks or loose brackets too. Loose brackets mean that the gutters may not be flowing at a slight downward trajectory, therefore the water will just sit in the gutters rather than flowing away.
If you do see signs of wear and tear and any splits or cracks, it’s time to get them replaced.
Choosing New Gutters
uPVC guttering is by far the most practical solution for homes. You don’t just have to choose white or black either. There is an extensive choice of gutters, soffits and fascias in all different colours which means you can choose different styles to suit your home. If you share a wall with your neighbour though, you will want to make sure you choose a type that is keeping with theirs otherwise it will look odd.
You can replace the gutters yourself or you could call in an expert to do the job. It depends on your confidence and DIY skills. Replacing gutters, soffits and fascias is not an easy task but those capable and ‘handy’ will be able to do it themselves. For peace of mind, it may be preferable to call in an expert.
- Carry out a visual inspection of your guttering (this should be done twice a year)
- Check your gutters for debris
- Give them a good clean either yourself or using a professional
- Look for signs of wear and tear or damage
- Arrange to have gutters replaced if necessary
If you do decide to replace your gutters and would like to do it yourself, you can always check out our range of building plastics here.