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It is very important to ensure that you have a maintenance plan for your gutters and downpipes. When gutters become blocked they can overflow, which can in turn cause water damage to the building. Debris from gutters can also lead to blockages and problems in underground drainage systems, which can then be expensive and difficult to fix.
The best way to avoid problems with gutters and rainwater systems is regular maintenance, carried out during spring and autumn, when weather permits. This can save hassle and money in the long run, as it’s cheaper to prevent problems than risk paying more for an emergency repair in winter. A whole range of debris can collect in the gutters - leaves, twigs, silt, weeds, moss, lichens and even nesting material. As the gradient on guttering is only slight, even the smallest obstruction can have quite a dramatic effect on water flow to the downpipes.
Whilst carrying out maintenance on your gutters, if you find a section of gutter or downpipe that needs replacing, it’s easy to replace just the damaged part of the system.
To ensure a neat fit, always measure the length of gutter or downpipe required to the ‘insert to here’ lines.
Ensure that the pipe ends are cut squarely. Try using a bracket or wrapping a piece of A4 paper around the pipe to act as a cutting guide.
Cut to the correct length, then smooth the cut end with a file. This ensures that the new guttering will not damage the seals when installed.
Insert the gutter or pipe length into the fitting, ensuring the gutter seals are properly lubricated.
To lubricate dislodged or dried-out seals, we sell specialist silicone lubricant. This allows for an easier and smoother installation when connecting the system together and reduces the annoying judder from the gutter expanding and contracting. It has a shoe-polish style sponge-applicator for easy application.
Don’t be tempted to use washing up liquid as a lubricant on the seals, since it contains salt and will quickly dry out the rubber seals, which may cause leaks.