Common Signs of Blocked Gutters
Gutters remove the volumes of water that come off your roof and remove them safely away from your building. A blocked gutter can lead to water ingress, additional problems and almost certainly increased maintenance costs. So, how do you spot a blocked gutter?
Look Up – Visual Gutter Check
- Where ever safe, start by looking up at your property (assuming it is not high-rise)
- Can you see any obvious gutter blockage?
- Is there water flowing over one point of the gutter?
- Are there any drips coming from any point in the gutter?
- Can I spot any rotting wood on the fascias?
- Have I seen any animals or foliage in the guttering
- Can I see any misshapen, bulged, or bending pipes?
Look Down and around – Visual Ground Level Check
- Is there any splashback or muddy/wet areas at ground level under the gutters?
- Are there cracks in the foundations?
- Do I have any pointing or brickwork damage?
- Is the exterior wall green, discoloured, or mouldy?
If you can answer "yes" to any of the above, you may have a gutter blockage.
What could happen with a blocked gutter?
Blocked gutters can cause a number of larger issues to your building:
- Damage to soffit and fascia
- Water ingress into the building
- Damage to brickwork
- Degradation of under-felt
- Internal leaks and damage to internals
Prevention is Better than Cure
Despite these tips for spotting blocked gutters, it should be remembered that prevention is better than cure. PPM offer a Nationwide gutter cleaning service that includes a free roof survey that gives you a full, detailed report on the state of your gutters and roofing. Our report even puts an expected time for failure and an estimated cost of repair so you can build up a profile of your budget needs in the future. To understand how something as simple as a gutter clean can give you powerful information to control your costs, contact us.