Rain gutters are an essential, but often overlooked feature of our homes. A good quality guttering system will help to protect our roofs, windows and doors, and even our home’s foundation. In contrast, a poor guttering system could result in damage to these important attributes. This could range from minor cosmetic damage, to serious issues that are costly and more difficult to treat. In order for guttering to do its job, which is essentially to channel rainwater, it is crucial that we don’t neglect our gutters; even the most high quality guttering systems can fail if they’re neglected.
Invest in proper protection
Taking care of your guttering needn’t be complicated or time consuming. Gutter protectors work year round to keep your guttering system running smoothly. There are various types of gutter protection on the market, ranging from porcupine gutter brushes, to mesh and plastic gutter protection. Most popular guttering manufacturers such as brett martin guttering, specifically design gutter protection, with their own guttering systems in mind. If you can get your hands on gutter protection made by your guttering manufacturer, then we suggest opting for this; however if you can’t, gutter protection from most trusted manufacturers should be fine.
What does Gutter protection do?
* Keeps out rodents and pests
Unfortunately, Guttering makes it easy for rodents like rats and mice to access our attics, while birds see guttering as a great place to make their nests. Gutter protection systems make it difficult for wildlife to nest in and climb across drainpipes, and keeps rodent problems at bay.
Prevents the collection of leaves and debris
Over time organic materials like twigs and leaves begin to collect in our gutters, thus preventing proper drainage of rainwater and forcing it to channel elsewhere or overflow. This can result in roof damage, roof leaks, water stains on walls, damage to our windows and doors, and damage to the ground below!
* Prevents Ice damage
Gutter protection makes it very difficult for ice to form during sub zero temperatures, ice can be damaging to our guttering system as trapped water causes gutters to expand, resulting in cracks over time and in turn shortening the lifespan of our gutters. Frozen water can also cause blockage of essential water channels, again making it easy for water to channel where we don’t want it, and overflow.
* Low maintenance
Gutter guards work all year round so you don’t have to. You will not need to clean or perform repairs on your gutters as often as you would on non protected guttering.
A blocked drain can be incredibly frustrating anywhere in the home. The sight of overflowing water and the problems that ensue – especially when you are left mopping up the water in this cold weather! – can really give you headaches around the home, and generally in this situation we find ourselves confronted with something that we want to fix fairly quickly.
There is no quick-fix solution to unblocking a drain but there is the right way and the wrong way to go about it. It’s easy to become impatient with blocked drains and look for quick fix solutions, but in the end this can end up leaving you far worse off, and instead of having to pay a few hundred pounds to have your drain unblocked, you end up paying a few thousand pounds to have a new drain system put in.
If you are looking to avoid spending the Christmas period having a new drainage system installed in your house then here are five easy mistakes that you should avoid:
- Plunging excessively – although it’s common knowledge that plunging is a quick and easy way to unblock a drain, excessive plunging can lead to far more serious problems. Plunging works by forcing air into the drain pipe which then pushes any residue or blockages out and causes them to dissipate. The problem here is that if your blockage is severe, instead of moving away it will actually put pressure back onto your pipe network which could in turn cause it to break.
- Pouring dangerous substances into your drain system – pouring chemicals down the drain system is one of the biggest mistakes that anyone can make. These chemicals are corrosive and can in fact cause serious damage to your pipe work. The chemicals can cause your pipes to breakdown and in turn this can lead to a break down in the network.
- Trying to ignore the problem – drains don’t just unblock themselves, and leaving the problem alone simply won’t make it go away. If you are dealing with a blocked drain then target the problem, the longer you leave it the harder it will be to unblock it.
- Pouring hot water down the drain – hot water is great for many things, but unblocking drains is not one of its main benefits. All that hot water will do to your drain is cause it to build-up and overflow further. It doesn’t have magical properties and it doesn’t have the ability to break down materials stuck in your drain system, so don’t use it for this purpose.
- Taking the drain apart to manually fix the problem – so you think you have something stuck in the U bend and the best solution is simply to unscrew it? Think again. Although this can be a great solution in some situations, taking your pipework apart can be incredibly troublesome – especially when it comes to putting it back together – save yourself the hassle and call in the professionals!