Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning in London E6

Gutters are one of the most neglected parts of your property yet they do an invaluable job of protecting it from the ravages of the British weather. If you’re lucky, you’ll never have a problem with your guttering. It’ll keep on working, the rainwater will flow cleanly off your roof and down to the drains below and it will continue doing it’s job without any fuss for years on end. (That’s if you’re lucky) However, based on the number of gutters we’ve been called out to deal with over the years there’s a good chance that at some point they will block up or start leaking and this of course usually only happens when it’s pouring with rain of when there’s been a really heavy storm with gale force winds. At that point you’ve got a problem. In each of the pictures below you can see a potential disaster just waiting to happen

Pic4      blocked gutter in essex       blocked up gutter

Plant life, stagnant water, moss and lichen. You name it, it can end up in there and at some point it has to be gotten out or the problems are going to multiply. Sometimes, the gutters can be heavily blocked but you don’t notice it. That’s because the rainwater is being funnelled inside your house. That’s when you start smelling mould and see damp patches appearing in the corner of your bedroom walls.

foliage in gutters       water filled gutter       WP_000616

 

 

 

Maintenance is a lot cheaper than repair

Exterior home maintenance is vital if you’re going to stay warm and dry. First and foremost check your roof to ensure it has all its tiles in place, the lead or zinc flashings are secure and finally that your gutters are clear, free flowing and don’t leak. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to see what the state of your roof or gutters are in because there’s no way you can get up there to check unless you have a long ladder and also aren’t afraid of heights!

Now look at the state of some houses we’ve visited. This is how bad things can get when left unchecked and it shows exactly why you should have your roof and gutters checked by a professional company at least once a year regularly. When it comes to your house, maintenance is a lot cheaper than repair!

grassy gutter      water clogged gutters      vines blocking the gutters      gutter garden!

river gutter      Before cleaning      roof pond      broken valley tiles

clogged hopper      clogged guttering      blocked gutters      damaged valley gutter and roof tiles

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Roof cleaning West Sussex

Case study Storrington, West Sussex RH20

Dirty roof

BEFORE

Cleaned roof

AFTER

If you’re selling your house and your roof looks like this one then it may not be a bad idea to get a professional roof clean and anti mould seal done. That’s exactly what the owner of this property did and the results were ………… well, you can see for yourself.

So, how is this achieved?

POWER WASHING:

power washing roofThe tiles were literally covered with bird droppings, algae and grime. The process to clean it all off is quite straightforward. First, we power-wash all the tiles starting from the top, working our way systematically down to the bottom. A section of roof approximately a metre wide is done, then the next and the next till the whole roof has been power washed. We then clean out the gutters and downpipes and flush them through with water to ensure they’re not blocked. We also check all the seals, brackets and clamps to ensure they’re not leaking.

 

MICROPOROUS ANTI FUNGICIDAL SEALER:

mossy roof

MOSSY FLAT ROOF

clean flat roof

CLEANED FLAT ROOF

Once the roof is dry we apply a coat of microporous sealer which acts as a barrier to the elements and prevents algae or moss from taking hold again.

We also cleaned the flat garage roof. Now the client can put her house on the market and ask a good price for it, safe in the knowledge that the roof is in good shape.

 

Ivy and plant growth removal

Removing unwanted plant growth from your walls and gutters

Dead Ivy is an eyesore. The problem is it tends to stay stuck or entwined on the external walls and it’s never easy to remove. However, with the right equipment it’s fairly straightforward. This house was covered with the stuff but we soon got rid of it using tall ladders and cutting tools

                      DEAD IVY ON BRICKWORK                                                           AFTER IVY WAS REMOVED

dead ivy                      ivy cleared off walls

 

The same goes for climbing plants when they start to clog up gutters. They’re hard to remove because they are high up. They have to be carefully cut away or the gutters they are covering can become dislodged.

                                          BEFORE                                                                                          AFTER

Plants clogging up gutters                       Plants cut back from guttering

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An MOT of your gutters

gutter pulled apartRegular maintenance costs little and saves lots. How many times have you heard that? It’s true though and it applies to pretty much anything. Take your car for instance. You have it serviced because you want it to start in the morning, to stop when you apply the brakes and to run efficiently and economically. You have your gas boiler serviced because you want it to run cleanly and efficiently and not break down in the dead of winter. So why wouldn’t you have your gutters checked and cleaned at least once a year?

Those out of the way strips of curved plastic way up on the roof prevent your house being deluged with thousands of gallons of rainwater every year. They are vital to ensuring that damp doesn’t get into the inside of your house, yet most people never give their gutters a second thought.

IMG_0525All that’s needed is a clean out, a check of all the seals, brackets and clamps and a wash through to test for leaks. It takes no more than an hour. Once it’s done you can be sure that you won’t have a problem throughout the winter.

befor after picOur busiest time is late Autumn. This is because the leaves have fallen and this, combined with generally heavier rainfall can cause Gutters to get blocked. As winter approaches these damp clumps of leaves, moss and debris can cause water to pool up in the gutters and once it drops below freezing this can turn to ice. This can all be avoided by getting your gutters checked and cleaned before the really nasty weather starts to bite.

Why you should check your gutters regularly

BLOCKED GUTTERS

Before our gutter cleaning Essex and guttering repairs Essex.     Moss clogged gutter     Clogged guttering     Bethnal Green clogged gutter

When your gutters get into this state they are effectively useless. All they do is collect moisture and debris and eventually, the rainwater spills over onto the brickwork and you end up with damp patches on your bedroom walls or ceilings. 

bonzai tree taking root     blocked roof gulley     water filled gutter     Blocked gutter chingford

Clearing them out is a relatively easy procedure but it’s best left to the professionals. When gutters get blocked up like these ones they can be holding as much as 10 kilos of stagnant water and sediment in them. 

cleared hopper     cleaned out     gutter pulled apart     WP_000618

Once they’ve been unblocked and cleaned out, all the seals and brackets need to be checked as these can get dislodged when under load.

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Gutter cleaning Harlow

Based in Brentwood, Essex, Pro Gutter Cleaning are well positioned to service Harlow and surrounding areas. We are specialist in clearing and repairing blocked gutters

clogged up guttercleaned gutter            heavily blocked guttercleared gutter

We pride ourselves on being fast and efficient and will be out to you within 24 hours usually.

Sometimes we can even do it the same day!

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               Gutters cleaned                    Hoppers cleared                    Downpipes repaired                     Seals replaced

Gutter cleared      cleared hopper     Downpipe bracket snapped     After our gutter cleaning Essex and guttering repairs Essex.

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Our gutter cleaning service consists of a four point checklist:

1. Manually clear all sludge, moss, debris and spooled water

2. Repair or replace faulty seals or brackets

3. Check flow rate and adjust levels if needed

4. Ensure downpipes are secured to the walls

Trapped rainwater in your gutters is heavy

Raincloud

a) The average rainfall in London is 23 inches or 50mm per year 

b) A litre of water weighs 1 kilogram or 2.2 lbs.

c) The average Victorian terraced or semi detached house has approx 1,000 sq ft of tiled roof.

d) 1 inch of rain falling on a 1,000 sq ft roof produces 600 gallons of water which the gutters have to collect and drain away down the downpipes to the drains 

heavy rain havy gutters

e) Heavy rainfall on blocked guttering can increase the weight of the gutter by as much as ten times!

f) As per the above, water is unbelievably heavy. If you don’t believe it, fill up a 5 litre can from a tap and try walking with it for more than fifty metres.

g) Gutters are usually made of plastic. They hold their shape because of their curved form. If they fill them up with rainwater and then freeze, you have several metres of solid ice hanging over your head.

h) A waterlogged, frozen length of guttering can weigh as much as 50 lbs.

water clogged guttersIf you’re gutters are blocked and full of water it would be a good idea to give the above some thought. That’s a hell of a lot of water or ice (and excess weight) sitting right above your head.

This picture on the left is an example of a blocked and waterlogged gutter our gutter cleaners had to deal with.

If you think you have a problem with your guttering give us a call for a free, no obligation quote over the phone, or fill out the form on your right

 

Bonzai gutters, London N16

At first, we weren’t sure whether this was an innovative way to grow Bonzai trees on the rooftop. However, the occupant of the property assured us she wasn’t intending to create a roof garden, so could we remove the plant growing on top of her downpipe please, as the rainwater was pouring off the roof.

                            BEFORE                                                         DURING                                                         AFTER

 

      Bonzai tree          bonzai tree taking root          no tree all running free 

The offending roof tree was duly removed, the gutters and downpipes cleaned out and now they function propely. Anyone looking for a unique rooftop plant please get in touch!

Frozen downpipe hopper, Essex CM14

Pro Gutter Cleaning were called out to a three story house in Warley, Essex, CM14 where the landlord was concerned about water cascading down the wall behind the downpipe. We responded the next day and found that the hopper (the spout that collects rainwater from the roof gutters) had gotten blocked up with leaves. These had turned to compost and now there were plants growing in the hopper. Over time, subsequent rainwater had frozen solid in it. (see left pic below)

                                              BEFORE                                                                                             AFTER

Hopper full of leaves and ice                  hopper cleared of ice and leaves

The weight of the ice and leaves was so heavy that the brackets holding the downpipe to the wall were close to snapping off. If this had occurred the hopper, full of solid ice could have come loose and plummetted to the ground causing serious damage and possibly even injury to someone standing below.

Our gutter cleaner had to use a pick hammer to break up the ice, then he scooped out the plants and washed the hopper through to make sure it was no longer blocked. So, don’t hesitate of you think your gutters are blocked up. With the severe winter weather approaching and the potential for large ice blocks to form on flimsy plastic gutters you could quite possibly end up with a much bigger problem than you at first thought.