is over and then New Years Eve was celebrated and the new year of 2017 was welcomed warmly. It's back down to earth and time to get the most important thing sorted before the real harsh weather sets in. What am I talking about?, Gutter cleaning. I've been maintaining and cleaning guttering for a large number of regular customers for the last 15 years and the one question I'm asked ever time is, "how was it up there?, was there plenty of muck?" Unless you have ladders and arent scared of heights you're not going to know how badly your guttering is clogged up unless you start seeing weeds and grass (sometimes small trees) growing out of it. I'm writing this blog to help you understand the importance of gutter cleaning so please read carefully. :)
The effect blocked guttering on you and your property
Ok, I'm sure a lot of you already know the effects on your property when neglecting blocked leaky gutters but how many of you know the health effects connected? Two years ago I was called out to a house in Hertfordshire by an elderly woman who wanted me to check the guttering on her property and trim some ivy back that was beginning to take the front of her home over. It was growing over her bedroom windows and up onto the roof. It had worked its way around the window frames making so she couldnt open the windows. She had let it take over to the point that she was now desperate to get the problem resolved. I began by cutting all the Ivy back from the roof and then down to the window seals and then trimed the lower branches to make it look much nicer and easier to manage for the customer. I then cleared the blocked gutters that were full of moss and moss compost. Moss compost?, you may ask.
Moss compost is the result of years of neglect. the moss that tumbles down from the roof into your guttering over time turns into a perfect compost that you could use in your garden but ofcourse is no good sitting in your guttering. I've been told that moss compost is great for rose bushes!
After I finished the ivy stripping and gutter clearing I asked the customer to come out side and take a look to make sure she was happy with the work completed before I continued to the back of the property to clear the remainder guttering. She was delighted but asked me to come inside and attempt to open the now welded closed bedroom windows that over time had been entrapped by the ivy. I stepped into the house that was nice and tidy and well looked after by the woman only to smell the strongest most over powering dampness I'd ever come across in any property before. I asked her how long she'd lived there to which she replied 46 years. I then asked her the last time she had the gutters cleared to which she again replied, never. I told her the smell of dampness was overwhelming and that once I'd going she would be advised to open the windows and let the air in to dry and damp. She told me she couldnt smell any dampness. This woman had lived there for 46 years, the dampness that obviously started long ago but became stronger as the years went pass was something she was use to. I advised her again that her property was extremely damp from the neglect and was doing her lungs no good what so ever and then went to the bedrooms to open the windows for her.
After completing the job she told me she would call me again the following year to come back to clear the gutters again to which she did and in 2016 I returned to clear the guttering. She invited me in for a cup of tea which I was happily accepted and was also curious to see if the dampness issue was resolved. On entering the propery I couldnt smell any damp what so ever. She told me she'd left the windows open for 5 hours after I last called and did that every day when she was at home. This was at the height of the summer which helped a lot. Her home was not damp proof because she now had guttering that worked correctly and the ivy was easy for her to manage.
I see many neglected homes when I'm at work and the residents are always oblivious to the dangers. Gutter cleaning is essential and will not only keep your property dry and the foundations strong but will also make sure your health is not at risk.
January / February 2017
Ok, so it's the winter and your guttering is overflowing and in need of an urgent service. Don't be the idiot that gets the old wooden ladders out only to climb them 22 feet up to the guttering and then freeze because your forgot how afraid of heights you are only to stumble, lose your your balance and fall breaking a leg, arm or at worse your neck. You need a professional !!! That's where I come in. I not only clear guttering I repair and service guttering too. If you have cast iron gutters you don't need a cast iron man in you need a guttering professional in to service them. Again that's me! In the time I have been building my business and gutter cleaning I have worked with all sorts of guttering including swiz guttering which is an extra thick upvc gutter to with stand snow. I've worked with cast iron guttering that is 150 years old but looks like new because the owners have always looked after it. I've worked throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, every borough in London, and a large part of Surrey dealing with thousands upon thousands of customers (all extremely happy with my service ofcourse) and every type of guttering you can imagine. I've replaced guttering, cleared guttering, repaired guttering and even designed new gutter spouts that work better on unusual shaped properties. I've climbed my ladder which on average takes me up 22 to 24 feet each climb so many times that I've probably climbed to height of Everest a numerous amount of times. What I'm trying to say in short is I'm experienced at climbing a ladder and clearing, repair and replacing guttering so that you don't have to risk your life to save a few quid in the process. I'm a professional who has the experience to know exactly what to do in any given situation and I'm fully insured.
Now that 2017 has arrived and we're all tyring to slow time down because it seems to be speeding up, think about your gutters. Think about your health and think about your property. You can contact me directly on my mobile, 07918121792 or via the website, www.gutteringdirect.com
I didn't put any pictures up because sometimes pictures make the mind wander and I wanted your full attention. :) Wishing you all a happy clear and clean guttering 2017!!