Autumn can be a markedly depressing time of year, bringing lower temperatures, shorter days and less sunshine to your everyday life. It can become an even more unpleasant time of year if your gutters start to overflow and spill copious amounts of rainwater down the sides of your home—an unsightly problem that can lead to problems in your home's near future.
With deciduous trees shedding their leaves in abundance, it’s important to keep your gutters clean and well maintained over the autumn months. However, a few leaves clogging up your downspouts isn't the only thing you should worry about when it comes to autumn gutter maintenance; other autumnal events, particularly the change in weather, can also damage your gutters and affect how they perform.
Here are some of the key guttering hazards to look out for this autumn, along with ways of tackling them.
Dealing With Clogs Caused by Leaves
The biggest danger posed to gutters in autumn comes from the aforementioned falling autumn leaves, and these seemingly dry and fragile leaves can become remarkably difficult to shift. Dead leaves are just as waterproof as living leaves, so just a few of them can dramatically reduce water flow rates in leaf-clogged gutters. Leaf clogs can also form within enclosed downspouts and other difficult-to-reach areas.
Clearing your gutters over the autumn months is vital for any home located near or underneath deciduous trees. You can do this yourself using good, old-fashioned elbow grease, but this is a messy and time-consuming procedure that involves working at dangerous heights. For added peace of mind, consider calling in professionals to service and clean your gutters professionally. Some specialists also offer ongoing gutter cleaning plans to keep your gutters free of leaves all autumn and year-round.
Dealing With Other Debris and Detritus
Leaves aren’t the only physical obstacles your gutters may have to contend with this autumn, however. Other forms of autumnal detritus can also cause your gutters to slow and clog, so you should regularly inspect your gutters for the following undesirable objects:
- Fallen branches, twigs and seed pods from overhanging trees. These can cause severe damage to the internal surfaces of gutters and may smash or shatter PVC guttering.
- Soot and pollution. Pollution and soot can accumulate in the gutters of many urban houses and flats, particularly during autumn months when people return to work and school and traffic levels increase.
- Roof tile fragments. Bits of roofing, particularly fragments from asphalt or concrete roof tiles, tend to shed granular material during heavy rain.
- Mould, moss and mildew. Any of these substances should also be removed from your gutters regularly, as they can be particularly troublesome during autumn and winter when large moss clumps can effectively block narrow gutters.
Checking for these types of debris is relatively easy and should only have to be carried out occasionally. However, you should try to check trouble spots in your guttering, such as guttering located under trees or in shaded, moss-prone areas, more frequently.
Dealing With Storm Damage
Autumn can also herald the beginning of some pretty foul weather, and the heavy rains and tropical storms that often blow in during autumn months can take a heavy toll on even the most robust steel or aluminium gutters.
However, repairing extensive storm damage can be difficult and dangerous. Professional roof plumbers and technicians can be called in instead and can inspect every aspect of your guttering for damage after a severe storm. They can also help you shield your gutters against future weather-related mishaps.
Hopefully, this blog will have left you well informed on how to keep your gutters in working order this autumn, and how roofing and plumbing specialists can help you achieve this. However, if you have any more questions or concerns, or are interested in any gutter cleaning and maintenance services, feel free to contact a expert.