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Top Tips

Gutters and Drains

Algae Staining

  • Every spring and autumn, clear any plants, leaves and silt from gutters, hopperheads, flat roofs and drainage channels
  • Look for blocked downpipes (best done during heavy rain to see water coming from any leaky joints - in dry weather look for stained brickwork)
  • Keep gullies at ground level clear and have them cleaned out if necessary
  • Remove vegetation from behind downpipes by cutting back or removing the plant altogether
  • Use a hand mirror to look behind rainwater pipes as splits and cracks in old cast iron and aluminium often occur there and are not easily noticed
  • Fit bird/leaf guards to the tops of soil pipes and rainwater outlets to prevent blockages
  • Check that gutters junctions are watertight by watching them in rainy conditions
  • Have gutters refixed if they are sloping the wrong way or discharging water onto the wall
  • If sections are beyond repair, make sure that replacements are made of the same material as the originals (on older houses, this is sometimes lead, but more usually cast iron)
  • Regular painting of cast iron is essential to prevent rust

Always wear protective gloves when necessary and act safely and responsibly.

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