Why You should get your Gutters checked at least once per year
Your gutters play an important role in the protection of your property. The job of the guttering system is to effectively remove the rain water that comes off the roof, catching and containing the rain water that runs off the roof tiles and then transporting this water through the guttering system and into a rain water drain or soakaway at ground level
With the British climate and seasonality the conditions are ideal for ‘gutter blocking objects’ to make it into your guttering throughout the year
Here’s just a few to watch out for;
- Bird Nests
- Leaves from surrounding trees
- Moss from the roof
- Plants growing
What Happens if My Gutters are not Working as they should?
If you had a problem with your roof and some tiles were missing, you would quickly get these tiles replaced as the water would be coming into your property and potentially causing expensive damage.
It’s just as important to fix any problems with your gutters. If water is not effectively being removed from your property and guttering is blocked or overflowing due to problems with the levels, then water will be running down your walls and eventually this can cause not only unsightly staining on your properties exterior but more seriously, expensive damp problems.
If water is consistently running down the surface of a wall, the wall can start to become damp and this dampness can travel through the bricks and membrane and start to cause internal damp issues such as ‘blown’ plasterwork ‘bubbling paint’ and even ‘swollen’ window frames or skirting boards.
This is where the problem becomes an expensive fix. If you have internal dampness you need to identify the cause of the problem and fix it at the source.
You would then need to strip plaster off, dehumidify the room until dry enough to re board, re plaster and repaint and re install any damaged wood work
Your looking at potentially needing to use 3+ different trades for these different stages and this is why damp can be such an expensive issue to resolve
But there is good news….
The most common cause of damp problems with properties in the UK is blocked or leaking gutters. Something that can in-expensively and quite simply be prevented or fixed easily.
What can you do to prevent expensive damp problems
Have your gutters checked at least once per year – Make sure they are water tested to identify and leaks or levelling issues. Make sure they are visually inspected for any debris that can cause blockages. The two most common items that lead to blocked guttering are Leaves and Moss
Get Your roof professionally cleaned if its covered in moss – We offer a biocidal treatment after every roof clean to help deter the growth of moss for longer!
What to watch out for
Next time it rains take an umbrella and venture out to take a look at your gutters
Watch out for any water dripping from any section of the guttering, the joints between lengths of guttering are the most common place for leaks. Normally this is caused by ‘perished rubbers’ that shrink in size over the years and no longer do their job of creating a water seal between lengths of guttering. ( Don’t worry these can usually be changed)
Also look out for water overflowing from any section of the guttering. Check the bottom of the downpipes (the vertical pieces of guttering) and make sure that water is coming out of these.
When it stops raining and starts to dry up, take a walk around your property and look for any damp areas on the ground or on the walls, these areas will remain wet long after all the other surfaces have dried up and can often be green in colour as damp areas are an ideal area for organic growth to take place.
The most common problems with guttering
- Blocked downpipes from moss or leaves
- Failing rubbers in jointing brackets
- Stagnant water due to incorrect levels in guttering
- Missing end caps
What to do if you know you have a problem with your gutters or would like to have them checked
Call 0330 111 8080
The most common problem we find with gutters is blocked downpipes. One option that can help with this is installing downpipe protectors as seen below
Illegal Bin Cleaning- Rules and Regulations in the bin cleaning industry
This Blog will hopefully help you to protect the environment and stay legal.
Believe it or not this photo was taken right outside our Harrow Office, down an alley way behind some shops this restaraunt has cleaned their own commercial bins (Mop bucket and bleech job) and then tipped all waste water and contaminants down a drain which you cant see as its blocked and under the foul water.
The drain the guys were trying to use is a surface water drain which is only designed to take rain water, no waste water should be poured down these drains as they could easily end up in streams and rivers and cause harm to our environment.
Whats equally as bad in this picture, the drain is blocked and the smelly foul water is now lying on the ground where people walk past causing a health hazard and undoubtedly attracting pests to the area.
So what should this restaraunt have done?
The restaurant should have called a professional bin cleaning company like London Bin Cleaning who would have professinal equipment to catch the waste water. This is usually done by bin lifting equipment which lifts the bin into cleaning position where all waste water and contaminants are caught on board during the cleaning operation and later disposed of in a foul sewer (not rain water drain) where consesnt has been obtained from the local water authority for a Trade Effluent.
You can see the correct procedure here
What is a Trade Effluent?
The definition given by southern water is;
Trade effluent is any liquid waste (effluent) discharged into our sewers from a business or industrial process.
Rules and Regulations in The Bin Cleaning Industry
All waste water from washing activities is to be disposed of in a foul sewer where consent has been granted from local water or sewerage provider.
This wash water should first be caught on board and recycled so not to waste water and then disposed of at the permitted location later in the day.
Liquid Waste for Bin Cleaning Activities
If you allow waste container washings to enter rain water drains or discharge onto unmade ground you could be causing water pollution, damaging wildlife and contaminating drinking water sources. Causing pollution or making a discharge without a permit is against the law with a maximum fine of £50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for cases taken at a magistrates court.
Solid waste from bin cleaning activities
Most bins are going to have some rubbish stuck to the bottom of them that needs scraping before cleaning
What happens to this rubbish?
Good practice is to bag this rubbish and replace into waste container after cleaning.
If your bin cleaning company is removing this waste from site they need a waste carriors licesnse
Heres the information on the governments website
If you remove residual (left over) solid waste from bins or collect solid wastes screened from bin washings and transport them for onward waste disposal, you will need to register with us as a Waste Carrier to comply with legislation (The Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989).
What Should i look for when choosing a bin cleaning Company?
Case study: Balcony clean in central London
Our team completed a 6th floor balcony clean this morning
access issues included
Building site to rear with no parking and no water source on site …
Our mobile pressure cleaning units with own water on board were used combined with over 70 metres of high pressure hose to provide the solution by going over the entire building
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We are proud to say London Bin Cleaning were the winners of The Harrows Business Den competition 2017
Back on the 15th March, the managing director Conan Sammon battled in the Harrow council chambers against three other finalist in front of a panel of judges and 200 plus spectators .
Winning a cash prize as well as business support and Mentoring