With several areas of the world, including the UK, experiencing one of the wettest years on record, there has never been a more critical time to determine whether or not the guttering of your house is capable of coping with heavy rainfall: not least as climate experts agree that the recent spate of extreme weather is likely to continue for the near future. Get the facts about roof repair
With that in mind, this article will look at how to preserve the guttering of your house so that when the rain falls, you do not encounter issues.
However, before we do that, let’s quickly analyze why keeping gutters in a good working order is critical.
There is a strong risk that some flowing water will cause long-term structural damage to your property over time if guttering cracks, breaks or becomes detached from a joint or wall. If the same flowing water, leak or drip also penetrates the brickwork or stone walls, you might end up with moisture as well. And it can be very costly to repair humidity issues. At the same time, dripping water can even become a health and safety issue as it leaks onto paths that then become dangerously slippery or even icy in winter from broken guttering and spills.
On a personal level, I can also disclose that there is nothing quite as irritating as water steadily dripping from a broken gutter to a roof (or, in my case, an uPVC conservatory roof) below, having had some guttering problems myself recently. Though not as serious as the other concerns, your quality of life definitely doesn’t improve. As a consequence, I would strongly recommend that your guttering be preserved. And this is what is proposed by professional roofers:
Regularly inspect your gutters
It sounds obvious, but the next time you encounter heavy rainfall, pop outside and check to see if the water is running properly down the drain from your roof and down your gutters and drains. If the water disappears smoothly down the hole, you’re probably OK. However, there could be a blockage in the gutter pipe if it is overflowing somewhere, causing the water to back up.
Locate the root of the issue
The blockage could easily be the product of a build up of falling leaves if you have trees in your garden or you live in a house or flat adjacent to the trees. If you do not live near trees, it is more likely that there would be debris causing problems in the gutter. This debris may have built up over time if you haven’t maintained your gutter. It should be noted that in the winter months, the impact of both problems could also become worse as any backed-up water may freeze. Your gutter can crack if it does freeze. And then you’re looking at larger problems that need to be tackled.