By Drain Doctor on 06/04/2016

Now there’s a job to bring joy to your heart! Most people, and that probably includes you, don’t give much thought to your gutters! Think back, when was the last time you stood on a ladder and made sure all was working as you would expect? The thing is that this little oversight can cause irreparable damage to your home and this damage can be seen in places you might not expect.

Gutters are designed to direct water flow down a spout and away from your home, so if these become blocked you may see the following problems:

- Flooding your ground-floor or perhaps a basement

Water will always take the path of least resistance and that is always downward! The water draining from your roof will run to the lowest level it can find and there it will rest.

- Rotting wood

Trapped moisture will sit in where it lands and if the air flow is restricted around it, it will cause wooden fascias, for example, to rot.

- Cracked foundations

To be fair, this is a problem seen usually in the cold weather when water settling around your house’s foundations will freeze and cause cracks. However, by regular maintenance of your gutters, you will ensure this does not become a problem.

- Wildlife!

If there is freestanding debris and water blocking your gutters, they become a fantastic breeding ground for all sorts of insects including wasps and wood destroying insects.

So cleaning your gutters in Springtime can save you a lot of expense and headaches later in the year.

You can always do this yourself. However, if you have gutters which are higher than can be safely reached by a ladder or you just really do not want to undertake the job, Drain Doctor specialists can help. The Drain Doctor Guttervac can clear all gutters to a height of 12 metres which means that most three to four storey buildings can have shining gutters without needing a ladder, scaffolding or powered lift.

For domestic customers we can show you the cleaned gutter from our CCTV camera built onto the boom, giving you peace of mind that the job is well and truly done.