There’s no doubt about it, replacing your guttering can be a pain. But there’s an easy way to avoid it – all you need to do is maintain your guttering. This won’t make your guttering last forever, but it will keep it looking good and working well for longer.
It’s never too late to begin looking after your guttering. Here are 5 simple tips to help you get started.
1. Be safe
Before you get anywhere near your guttering, you need to make sure that you’ve got the equipment you need to work safely. If you’re working on ground floor guttering, then a small, sturdy stepladder should be all you need. But if your guttering is high up then you may need to hire some scaffolding.
Remember that guttering isn’t designed to support heavy weights, so you don’t want to end up leaning on or hanging off it.
2. Clean your guttering regularly
One of the best things you can do to maintain your guttering is clean it regularly. This will prevent blockages and stop it cracking under the weight of any built-up debris.
When you’re ready to clean your guttering, start by removing any leaves, twigs or other debris that have got caught inside it. The best way to do this is by hand, wearing thick protective gloves, as you’ll be able to clear out small areas without causing any damage. Then remove any stubborn moss or grime with warm soapy water and a brush.
3. Check for cracks and gaps
Once your guttering is clean, check it for cracks and gaps. Ensure that your gutters are fully joined up to the ‘insert to here’ marks – if not, just unclip and reinsert them. You should also check that the seals between your pieces of guttering are still in place. Plus, have a quick check around to make sure there isn’t any damage anywhere.
4. Replace any damaged sections
If you find any damage to your guttering or downpipes, make sure you’re proactive and replace them. Ignored damage will only get worse and could cause problems in other parts of your home.
Replacing sections to maintain your guttering doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. More often than not you should only need to replace a small section and won’t need to worry about replacing the whole system.
5. Test it out
Once you think you’ve done everything you need to do to maintain your guttering, test it out. Just pour some water into your gutter at the opposite end to your downpipe. Then inspect your guttering while the water runs down it so you spot any leaks you might have missed.
Following these 5 tips should help you maintain your guttering and keep it in good condition for as long as possible. Need some professional help? Complete our online form and we’ll put you in touch with up to 4 guttering professionals.