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Downpipe Repairs or Replacement

Downpipe Repairs or Replacement

With the latest cold snap we have seen an increase of broken cast iron downpipes and gutters affected with snow load

Leaky rainwater guttering and pipework can be the a main source of water ingress and cause damp problems to your property. The guttering and downpipes are designed to carry rainwater away from a building, if they are not properly maintained, the water can cascade down the outside wall and eventually cause damage within the structure, destroying the decoration or causing mould growth creating the enviroment for rot and decay. It leaking gutters important to keep the guttering and pipework in good state of repair therefore a planned maintenance strategy is recommended.

The best time to carryout work on the gutters is in the autumn, after all the leaves have fallen off the trees. We recommend the leaves are cleaned from the guttering before vegetation takes root as this can cause problem over winter . Often problems are only apparent while it is raining, so we recommend you keep a lookout whenever it is raining for any rain water leaking from the gutters . If you notice any major leaks at any time of the year, treat the repair as a priority and call the roof repair store for an immediate response.

Common Defects

Gutter blockages leaking gutters

If water is seen cascading over the side of the guttering during heavy rain, it normally indicates that there is a build-up of vegetation in it. The common sources are leaves from nearby trees, moss and other growths from the roof, debris washed off the roof, scraps of food dropped by birds . Regularly give a visual ground inspection of the guttering around buildings,look out for leaky gutters and downpipes or plants or grass growing which suggests vegetation taking root and this should be removed.

Clearing downpipes

Blocked downpipes are normally a caused by vegetation or debris in the gutters that has not been cleaned out properly and fallen down the downpipe causing blockages after cleaning we recommend a balloon cage over the gutter outlet to prevent debris into the top of the downpipe .

The Roof repair store will initially try and free the blockage manually although if all else fails, the down pipe may need to be dismantled and the individual lengths cleared.

Gutter Alignment

Guttering is normally fixed to give a slight gradient towards the downpipe. If water collects along the run of the guttering, then it may be necessary to realign the gutters . We inspect the spacing between the support brackets, if they are too far apart additional brackets may avoid future problems.

Corrosion and cracks on metal guttering

The Roof Repair Store Inspect cast iron and steel downpipes for any signs of rust and clean back with a wire brush. and repair or renew the downpipe .Corrosion is always worst at the back edge of the gutter and to repair this you will have to dismantle the system and treat each section separately at ground level.

Cracks in plastic and cement guttering

As these systems are seldom painted, large repairs tend not to be visually worth while if replacement sections are readily available.

Leaking joints leaking gutter

Please remember if in doubt of your ability to undertake this type of work we recommend you contact the experts for gutter and downpipe repairs or replacement


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