By Drain Doctor on 05/11/2015

It has been a wet summer and a mild autumn and there have been no storms yet – so we can still enjoy a colourful display of leaves on our trees. They’re holding on but one good blow and the trees will be bare. And that’s the time to check your drains and gutters for a build-up of fallen leaves which can cause blockages. These blockages can lead to water running down external walls from gutters, causing damp that can penetrate or damage the wall.

You can check your drains for leaves that have accumulated over drain covers and grates but it’s more difficult to get up a ladder to clear the gutters. In response we have launched a new gutter cleaning system. The Sky Vac system is ideal for quick, easy gutter clearance working from ground level without the need for ladders, scaffolding or lifting equipment.

It allows us to clear your gutters, roof valleys and gullies of moss and other material quickly and easily. It is designed to operate at up to 12 metres (39 feet) from the ground – typically the height of a four-storey office block or factory roof. It can clean gutters in difficult to reach areas, over outbuildings or where there is limited access.

This cost-effective cleaning solution complies with current health and safety regulations about working at height. Technicians working on the ground can see what’s happening at gutter level thanks to the system’s ‘eye in the sky’, a fully recordable wireless camera with a monitor that is fitted to the Sky Vac’s tubing at the technician’s eye level.

The Drain Doctor Sky Vac also has a 14-metre telescopic carbon fibre attachment for the camera which enables high level gutter and roof inspection surveys.

The Drain Doctor Sky Vac is the world’s most powerful free-standing gutter cleaner. The vacuum tube is fitted to the side of the cylinder, rather than the top, which prevents the cleaner getting blocked. The machine’s powerful wet and dry suction capability means that gutters can be cleared of even the toughest blockages.

Our technicians can clean gutters from the ground without the added expense of scaffold, cherry pickers or scissor lifts needed to comply with health and safety regulations for working at height.

The powerful vacuum means that the system can suck up a large amount of waste material without making a mess. The all-terrain, robust chassis means that we can undertake work in areas with limited access where it would not be practical to use ladders.