Gutter Cleaning Service in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud
Gutter cleaning is a very important and most often overlooked. Our high reach gutter vacuum system reaches over conservatories, lean-to's and hard to reach areas cleaning leaves, moss, turf and other debris from guttering/downpipes. We can reach to a height of 50ft without using ladders, expensive scaffolding or high access equipment.
We offer a very affordable, cost effective, safer, professional alternative domestic and commercial gutter clearing solution. We use the latest high reach gutter vacuum pole technology with operators working safely from the ground. We are fully compliant with Health & Safety Executive Working at Height regulations.
We offer a free gutter inspection before and after each job (if required) using a high resolution gutter-cam system. Live images are relayed down to a hand held device for viewing and recording.
What causes damaged or blocked gutters?
When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it's important to remember one simple fact: clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and (in some unfortunate cases) dead animals. One simple way to tell if you're in need of gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it's raining - if water is running down the side of your house, it's likely that your gutters are blocked.
Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are the most common cause of isolated damp in homes across the UK. Leaks can occur when bits of debris get caught in the joints, or simply from general wear and tear. If you’re experiencing damp in your property, it’s a good idea to check your gutters before you do anything else to see if that’s what’s causing the problem.
One final sign of damage to look out for is sagging gutters. This can happen when the gutter becomes weighed down by debris and standing water, or when there are rusty screws and faulty brackets. Frequent gutter cleaning can highlight these problems: you'll easily be able to check how sturdy they are by examining the down-pipe on the ground, and if anything feels a little loose you can take precautions before any real damage occurs.
Why Do They Need To Be Cleaned?
Filled gutters can cause damage to your building if water flows over the top. In the worst cases we have seen water cause damage to footings, rotting roof timbers and fascia boards. It can even cause damp inside buildings due to water ingress, not to mention the build up of debris in gutters and the weight of water not flowing away correctly which often warps guttering and breaks gutter clips. This causes the guttering to break away completely from the property. To avoid expensive repair bills, it is very important to have your guttering regularly cleared.
Dependant on location, guttering should be cleaned out at least every 12 months to avoid expensive repair bills and at least every 6 months where the property is located by trees and large shrubs.
Is there a long-term solution to guttering maintenance?
It's recommended that you get your gutters cleaned at least once a year. The best time to do this is at the beginning of winter, after the autumn leaves have fallen and before the really bad weather kicks in. This will reduce your chances of experiencing blocked guttering later on in the year, and gives you plenty of time to book in those vital gutter repairs before it gets too wet and windy. It’s also a good idea to do a quick check of your gutters in spring. Make sure that any large pieces of debris that have blown in over winter are removed, and check that all of the screws are tight and that no brackets are loose. Gutters can be damaged by heavy snow-fall and high winds, so it’s also wise to ensure everything’s in order after a spell of particularly bad weather.
If your neighbourhood has a lot of trees and debris is unavoidable, you can install a gutter guard. These act as a filter, catching leaves and preventing them from entering your gutters and downpipes while still catching the water. Although the guards won’t stop all debris from entering your gutters (you’ll still need to clean them at least once a year) they will keep the larger, more dangerous pieces from causing blockages, flooding, leakages, and sagging.