Preventing Blocked Gutters in Winter | floclear Window Cleaning in Poole Bournemouth Dorset

Preventing Blocked Gutters in Winter

Preventing Blocked Gutters in Winter

It’s easy to forget about your gutters until they start causing you problems in winter.  Over the course of the year, leaves, moss and nests can overwhelm your gutters and lead to much more serious issues if not resolved seasonally.

How do I know if I have blocked gutters?

Your gutters form part of your exterior piping, and are found on the edge of your roof, as well as down-pipes that should connect from your gutters to your drainage system.

There are many components that make up your gutters, and many potential issues that can cause your house some problems.

When your gutters become clogged, water will be unable to properly divert away from your home. Instead, the water will spill over the side of your gutters, leading to a number of different issues like foundation damage, structural issues, mould and mildew and basement flooding. These issues can be expensive, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in damage.

Here are six ways you can tell you have blocked gutters…

1. You Spot Birds or Pests by Your Roof

If you are noticing animals or pests scurrying around your gutters, this can be a big sign your gutters are clogged. Birds find gutters to be a convenient place to make a nest.

2. Water is Spilling over the Sides

If you notice water spilling over the sides of your gutters like a waterfall, it’s a tell-tale sign you have clogged rain gutters. The obstruction can force water over the sides of your gutter, leading to expensive water related damages.

3. Sagging Gutters

Your sagging gutters are a sign that your gutters are clogged. The weight of the debris, leaves, shingle grit and pine needles can cause your gutters to bend in the middle and sag. Unfortunately, your gutters will be ineffective at carrying water away from your home.

If enough debris remains in your gutters for long periods of time, the excess weight will begin to wear on the guttering itself. Your gutters may even pull away from your home, causing even more issues and homeowner headaches!

4. Staining on your Siding

Any signs of staining on the siding of your home can be a sign of standing water in your gutter system. Rain water that is stagnant could end up causing costly damage to the fascia boards behind the gutters and on the shingles of your roof.

5. Plant Growth

Have you ever looked up and notice a garden in your gutter? This is an obvious sign of clogged gutters. Seeds can accumulate in your gutters and along with dirt and debris, a gutter garden can form! Plant growth is a glaring sign that your gutters need a cleaning.

6. Can’t Remember the Last Time You Cleaned

If you can’t remember the last time you climbed the ladder to clean your clogged rain gutters, it’s likely that you’re in need of a serious cleaning. Your gutter system should be cleaned each season to ensure your home is properly protected against expensive water related damages.

Snow & ice in your gutter

As ice expands, your fascia and soffit can crack, creating problems that could be very damaging and expensive to fix. Ice building in your gutters is serious and should not be neglected or left to create further damage. When icicles form, the water might back up through your roof, damaging your roof and causing leaks. If gutters are left unmaintained, excess moisture can cause water damage inside and outside of your property. It may be too late when you see that nasty leak appear.

Why choose floclear windows?

  • We are a professional service with comprehensive insurance.
  • We promise to be reliable and trustworthy with your cleaning and property.
  • When cleaning your windows, we always clean the glass, frames, cills and doors every time.
  • Before our visit, we text you the day before.

How do I pay?

With our automated payment system GoCardless, you don’t even have to be in the house when we are cleaning, just leave us access and we take care of the rest.  You will then receive an email confirmation of the amount requested from you and then payment will leave your account 5-7 days later.

Which areas do we cover?

Our gutter cleaning service covers Bournemouth, Poole, Boscombe, Westbourne, Branksome, Parkstone, Christchurch, Burton, Winkton, Sopley, Bransgore, Hurn, West Parley, Kinson, Hampreston, Stapehill, Ferndown, Canford Magna, Bear Cross, Broadstone, Corfe Mullen, Ashington, Wimborne Minster, Pamphill, Hillbutts, Sterte, Lytchett Minster, Lytchett Matravers, and the surrounding areas.  We offer window cleaning in most areas of Dorset. If you’re not sure if we cover your area, please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss.


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