Storm Warning!January 19, 2023
They say that prevention is better than cure and as the autumn leaves fall and winter fast approaches, now is the time to give your guttering the once-over and make sure that it is in optimum condition to cope with the stormy weather that is inevitably coming our way. That way you can avoid costly repairs and perhaps even damage to the fabric of your home if the guttering fails. One of the beauties of ARP aluminium guttering is that it requires virtually zero maintenance: in fact we generally just recommend that you wipe it down with soapy water but should we get struck by big storms this winter, we take a look at just a few of the things you need to be doing to give your guttering a fighting chance of withstanding the next storm that hits and avoid the need for a gutter repair.
The first problem to look out for is gutters blocked by weeds or debris that can cause flooding and water damage to the fabric of a building. This might be easy to spot – maybe water pouring from the gutter during heavy rain or dark marks on the external wall. But you should also look out for damp patches on internal walls as these too could be due to leaking or blocked and broken gutters or downpipes.
An easy but damp way to check for blockages is go outside when it is raining to see what is going on. If there is any water spilling out of your gutters it’s advisable to get up and have a look at the first opportunity. Another symptom of blocked plastic guttering is the dreaded sag. Debris build up and the water collecting behind it can place too much stress on plastic gutters causing them to sag and putting undue pressure on brackets and fixings.
While you are up checking out your guttering, have a look at those brackets and connectors to make sure they are still secure. Ensure that none of the seals between gutters and fittings have become dislodged, leaving gaps that could lead to leaks. If there is a leak in a joint between lengths of guttering or sections of downpipe, then the seals need to be repositioned or replaced.
Of course, these problems are a thing of the past with ARP Mustang seamless guttering. Because Mustang is made on site, to the exact measurements of the job, there are no joints which means no leaks and no unsightly connectors for perfect, reliable, watertight guttering every time.
Unlike UPVC systems, ARP aluminium guttering undergoes very little movement or expansion / contraction at the gaskets in extreme weather conditions, so the system continues to work perfectly throughout its long life. And with metal fittings and fixtures there is no chance of snapping in very cold weather as can happen with plastic systems.
If you are lucky enough to live near the sea, you may need to check your guttering more often since the harsh saline conditions can place extra strain on your gutters. We recommend every 6 months if you live five miles from the sea and every three months if closer. If necessary we can supply aluminium panels, copings, soffits, fascias and canopies, all powder coated with a hardwearing marine grade polyester powder coating to protect the aluminium from erosion by the sea air.
If you’d like to find out more about how our aluminium rainwater systems can keep your property safe and dry this winter, why not give us a call on 0116 289 4400 or visit our web site to find your nearest Mustang installer.