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Spring Clean your Gutters

Now that spring has well and truly sprung, with bluebells out in full bloom and lambs out in the field, it’s that time of year where you get back out in the garden and start to prepare for the year ahead. One job which is often overlooked is the clearing out of the gutters and checking they are in good working order.

The simple steps below guide you through how you can get your gutters working in top order:

  1. Clear out any loose leaves and moss, starting from the gutter outlet and working away. Use gloves and a trowel to scoop all the debris up into a bucket to prevent making a mess of the house or the ground below.

     

  2. Once all the debris has been removed, use a pressure hose to blast the remaining dirt away. Work down the length of the gutter heading towards the downpipe. Again, take care to try and not splash the water too much and getting it over the walls of the house.

     

  3. If remaining dirt doesn’t wash away then try using a stiff scrubbing brush to remove any encrusted dirt left behind.

     

  4. Clear any obstruction in the downpipe by flushing water through the downpipe.

     

  5. Once the gutters are clean, run water through the system and check for any leaks, especially along joints and around the downpipe. If you see any leaks then you may need to replace part or all of the system, using the steps below. If you can’t find the information that you require, please call our Technical Services team on 01622 852695.

Replacing the gutter seal:

  1. Working off a suitable platform, simply unclip the gutter from the fitting and remove the old seal

     

  2. Taking the new seal, put it into the recess where the old one had come from, trimming to suit, if necessary.

     

  3. Next clip the gutter back into place. NB: If you are having any difficulties clipping it back together, try using a bit of silicone spray or snipping off the end of the seal.

     

  4. Retest the gutter by filling the system with water. 

Replace a joint bracket / angle / outlet:

  1. Working off a suitable platform, simply unclip the gutter from the fitting and remove

     

  2. Position the new fitting and clip it back into the gutter. NB: If you are having any difficulties clipping it back together, try using a bit of silicone spray or snipping off the end of the seal.

     

  3. Retest the gutter by filling the system with water.

Replacing a section of gutter:

  1. Working off a suitable platform, simply unclip the gutter from the fittings at each end and remove

     

  2. Using the old piece of gutter as a template, cut the new length of gutter using a fine tooth saw.

     

  3. Secure the cut gutter and remove any swarf using a deburring tool or half round file.

     

  4. Position the new gutter by reattaching the fittings at each end. NB: Clip the back of the gutter in first and then the front.

     

  5. Retest the gutter by filling the system with water.

Replacing the whole system:

Need to replace the whole system? Have a look at our Rainwater range or at our rainwater calculator to work out the best gutter for the job.

For further assistance call our Technical Services department on 01622 852695.

Date Published: April 2016

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