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Important info on guttering

Everything You Need To Know About Your Gutter

The gutter on your home is probably the most humble item on it. It does its job every day, but you never pay any attention to it.

However, you need to look after your gutters, so they can look after you. Here’s everything you need to know about gutters, and how to take care of yours.

Keep those gutters clean

The most important thing you need to know is that your gutter needs to be kept clean. This is because it’s very easy for debris to build up in there, stopping the flow of water and even causing water damage.

This is especially dangerous for your roof, as water overflow can cause damage to your roof timbers and create mould.

The best way to keep those gutters clean is to inspect them regularly. Just get up there with a ladder, and look to see if there’s any debris in them. You can simply scoop it out by hand, in order to clean them out and have them working optimally again.

You can also buy guards that stop debris from settling in the gutters in the first place. For example, our Hedgehog Gutter Guard Brush catches debris before it settles.

All you have to do is take it out, remove the debris, then replace it in the guttering. It makes clearing up a lot simpler.

Keep an eye out for broken gutters

If the gutters are getting older, or have taken a battering from bad weather, then they may be more prone to wear and tear. That means that they could break down, come apart or spring leaks.

This is something you want to avoid, as water leaking through your guttering can cause mould and mildew problems with your home as water runs down the brick work.

To avoid this happening, again, you need to check your gutter frequently. Ensure that no joints are coming apart, or that any holes have formed. If they have, you’ll have to have that section of guttering replaced. The sooner you replace it, the better.

Check your drains, too

Most gutters redirect water down into drains in the ground, carrying rain water away. When you’re checking your gutters, you should check your drains too. These can get blocked up with weeds and vegetation.

This means that water ends up seeping into the foundation of your home. This is highly dangerous, as it can cause structural damage.

Ensure this doesn’t happen by cleaning out your drains regularly. It often doesn’t take much time, but it can make a real difference to the look and safety of your home.

If you need new gutters to replace the old or broken ones on your home, come have a look at ours at Kents Building Plastics. We have a wide array in all kinds of shapes and colours, so you’ll find one to suit your home. Chat to our friendly staff and they’ll help you find the right one for your home.