Despite having the potential to cause serious structural issues to the home, guttering systems are often at the bottom of people’s priorities when it comes to general property maintenance. If you spot the warning signs early, you can protect your property from issues such as damp, flooding and roof damage. Here are some of the warning signs that you should look out for when checking your guttering system:
Common Causes of Damaged Guttering
Blocked Gutters & Downpipes
One of the leading causes of damaged guttering is the gutters getting blocked. This is especially common during the autumn and winter months when the leaves are falling. The bad weather can lead to water getting trapped in the pipes. This water can then freeze during the winter, leading to cracked and damaged pipes. If this is to happen, a full guttering system replacement will need to take place, so to avoid this, here are some tips on how to tackle your blocked gutters:
- Manually clear out the leaves and anything else that may be clogging the gutters. Ensure to wear gloves when doing this.
- Fit gutter guards to your guttering system, this will be sure to reduce the risk of blockages in the long run.
- Another method of unclogging your downpipes is to gently feed a garden hose along the pipes to flush.
A regular check of the drainage system is essential to ensuring the longevity of your guttering system. A simple way to test that the drainage is working efficiently is to pour a bucket of water down the gutters and if the drainage is working correctly, it should smoothly flow out of the gutter into your drains instantaneously. If this isn’t the case, it may be a sign that your gutters are damaged or blocked.
Loose Joints & Pipes
The leading cause of loose joints and pipes are rusted or missing bolts, along with damaged brackets and fittings. A loose joint or pipe can potentially lead to a leak and potential roof damage as a result of a build-up of water. The sooner you spot an issue, the better. It will be much cheaper to secure/replace the fixings and bolts rather than having to replace the guttering system as a whole. You can also seal the joints with a gutter sealant, this solution is ideal as a short-term solution but the problem may still persist in the long run.
Speak To Our Guttering Experts
If you require any further advice regarding your guttering or cladding, you can speak to a member of our expert team today. Alternatively, if your guttering is damaged beyond repair, we have a quick response time and can provide a professional repair or replacement of your guttering system with ease. You can call us on 0116 332 9352 or fill out a contact form and a member of our team will get back to you shortly.