Top tips for gutter cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning Rooves and Gutters

Cleaning and maintaining the guttering at your home or your commercial premises is a job that is all too often ignored. But if gutters aren’t kept clear of debris and properly maintained they could end up causing water damage to your property. Even if water is retained within the gutter, pooled water will end up rotting, rusting or causing damage to the guttering itself. At the very least rainwater from blocked gutters could affect your roof or your fascia board.

If kept clean and in good condition, your gutters will work effortlessly to keep rain water from causing unnecessary damage to your property. Here are some top tips for gutter cleaning and keeping your gutters in good working order.

Equipment you’ll need:

• A sturdy ladder. A tall step ladder may be easier than an extension ladder. Or if your roof has a low pitch, you may be able to access your guttering easier from there, but generally cleaning or repairing guttering from your roof isn’t recommended for obvious safety reasons.
• Heavy work gloves.
• Non-slip shoes.
• Safety glasses or goggles.
• A bucket for collecting debris.
• A dropcloth for protecting areas beneath the gutter.
• A garden trowel or gutter scoop.
• A hose with a pressure nozzle and access to water.
• A scrubbing brush.

To clean gutters:

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1. Position your ladder on a level surface and ensure you are wearing non-slip shoes, and sturdy work gloves (to protect your hands from sharp metal and screws).
2. Carefully position yourself on the ladder to enable easy access to the gutter, with 2 buckets hooked onto your ladder within easy reach (one to hold your tools, one to put debris in).
3. Scoop out loose debris with a trowel or gutter scoop into a bucket, starting at the drain outlet and working along. It’s best to do this when the debris is damp, rather than when it has dried out.
4. Wash out the gutters with a hose. Start at the furthest end away from the drain outlet and blast water using a pressure nozzle. You may need a scrubbing brush to clean off any crusted dirt and debris.
5. Clear any obstructions from drainpipes. Try flushing the drainpipe with a high-pressure hose. If that doesn’t clear it, you may need a plumber’s auger (drain unblocker). This is a flexible rod that reaches around corners and is used to unblock drains. Thread it down from the top.

To maintain gutters:

• Inspect and clear gutters in the spring and in the autumn.
• Adjust the slope of gutters from time to time to keep water moving to the down pipes.
• Check drainpipes are expelling water away from your property. Add drainpipe extenders if necessary.
• Check guttering and drainpipes for rust, peeling paint and leaks. Identify leaks by filling your gutter with water. Repair or replace any damaged lengths of guttering (make sure they are dry before repairing). Small leaks may be repairable with gutter sealant.
• Check guttering and drainpipes are fixed securely to fascia boards.
• Check fascia boards for rot or damage, and if needs be, replace or treat them with a wood preservative.

If your roof is higher than a single storey, you would be well advised to hire a gutter-cleaning pro. If you need help our professional gutter cleaners are on hand, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. We can also provide expert water damage advice.

Make your business stand out this summer – what a building clean can really do

How would you describe your commercial building? More importantly, how would visitors to your business describe it? The curb appeal of your building is a big deal – it can either attract new customers or keep your business hidden in the background.

The appearance of your property is as importance as the appearance of your packaging. A dirty building creates in the minds of your customers, potential customers and staff that your business is not very efficient and sets a low standard of service or quality of product.

Building improvements go beyond aesthetics and can affect your bottom line. By making just a few cosmetic improvements to your building’s exterior, you can:

• Increase customer traffic
• Increase the value of your property
• Attract high-quality tenants
• Make your building stand out among competitors

We have all the specialist equipment required for a complete building clean. We have cleaned commercial and industrial buildings for over 25 years and building clean everything from hotels to industrial complexes.

Four ways to Improve the appearance of Your Commercial Building:

1 – Clearing and repairing all gutters and removing any plant growth

2 – Cleaning and repairing all pathways and car parks

3 – Clean and repair building facade

If your building is more than 10 years old, chances are dirt and grime from all those years of rain, snow, wind and traffic have built up on the exterior. A pressure wash, steam clean (DOFF) or media blasting can solve that problem and reveal the beautiful original building underneath.

4 – Invest in Landscaping

A freshly-manicured look and well-placed greenery can draw the eye of passers-by and welcome customers to do business with you. Your landscaping says a lot about your business, so it’s important to keep up with it.

Well-placed flowers can add colour to otherwise bland surroundings. Manicured bushes and lawns improve the aesthetic value of your property. Pathways and borders of pavers, bricks, or stones are another wonderful way to enhance curb appeal.

Dealing with Damp

Finding damp in your property is never pleasant, but fortunately there are a few things you can do to prevent and deal with damp. Take a look at below our advice on dealing with damp.

Damp

Find the source and control the spread

Damp can be caused by a number of factors including leaks, cracks, blocked drains, broken gutters, damaged roof tiles and more. Luckily, if you spot damp early before it has spread it is much easier to deal with. For example, if there is a high level of condensation in the room you could simply open the windows and ventilate the room. There are also a number of affordable, high quality cleaning products you can buy to deal with small amounts of mould and damp.

Maintain your pipes

As mentioned, blocked and broken pipes are one of the most common causes of damp in residential properties. If your pipes are already broken or leaking, you will most likely need to hire a professional to get them fixed quickly and prevent further damage and issues. Preventative measures such as regularly checking the condition of your pipes and cleaning out your gutters is recommended to prevent water damage and the build-up of damp.

Get a Damp Survey

At Cleaning Industrial Solutions, we have many years’ experience helping residential and commercial clients across the South East to deal with damp. Our friendly and professional team are fully qualified to carry out damp surveys as well as dealing with the clean-up and repairing damage.

Our damp surveys include a full visual inspection of the property to establish the cause of the damp – this includes a full inspection of the interior and exterior of the building. We make note of any potential issues and include these in our final report. We also carry out research on the local area to establish whether there are any environmental factors which could have resulted in damp.

If you need help with damp or would like a damp survey completed on your property, do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

 

Summer house jobs

Now that the summer is here, it’s the perfect time to clean up your house and get everything in order. Once you’ve got all the normal jobs done and made sure the inside of your home is nice and tidy, you should be careful not to forget about the outside of your home! There are plenty of things you can do to keep your home looking beautiful on the outside. Many of these will also help save you money in the long run and help prevent any future damage. Take a look below at some of the important summer home maintenance jobs you should do.

Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning Out Your Gutters

It’s important to make sure your gutters are clean and that there are no leaves or moss blocking up your pipes. If your drains are blocked this could easily lead to a build-up of water. This could cause future problems as a result of water damage including damaged pipes, gutters, roof damage, leaky rooves, mould and damp.

Brick Cleaning

bricks

The bricks of your home are up against exposure to the weather as well as moss, pollution and other factors. These can all result in dirty brickwork which can reduce the visual appeal of your home. Keeping your brickwork clean is important, not only for making your house look nice but also for maintaining the overall structural integrity of your home.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is a great way of dealing with a whole range of problems such as mould, dirty brickwork, moss, loose paint, dirt and more. It is also a very effective technique for restoring many different types of surfaces to perfect condition, including rooves, driveways, patios, the sides of your house and more.

Contact us

At Cleaning Industrial Solutions we are the leading provider of specialist cleaning services for residential and commercial clients across the whole of the South East of England. If you’re looking for help cleaning your house this summer, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Our friendly and experienced team are happy to help getting your home looking perfect for the summer.

KEEPING LEEDS’ BUILDINGS CLEAN

The architecture in Leeds encompasses a wide range of architectural styles and there are many notable buildings. As well as buildings from as far back as the Middle Ages (Kirkstall Abbey), the city consist of mainly builds from the Industrial Revolution. There’s are also a great many new buildings with the city centre undergoing much redevelopment, including some impressive skyscrapers such as ‘The Dalek’ Bridgewater Place (the tallest building in Yorkshire).

As in any city, the facades of buildings get dirty, and cleaning buildings in a city requires professionals. That’s where we come in. City smog takes its toll on city buildings. Heritage buildings need protecting and high rise buildings pose significant safety risks if not cleaned by appropriately trained cleaning specialists.

At Cleaning Industrial Solutions we are committed to the safe and appropriate cleaning of Leeds city buildings. It’s a city we are passionate about and love to keep clean.

Here are 3 top reasons for keeping the outsides of buildings as clean as the insides.

1 – First impressions count – a clean, freshened façade looks neat and creates a great first impression for any visitor. A well-maintained building says a lot about you. Whether you are a business trying to show clients you care about quality, or you own a property you want to sell, a properly maintained and clean building will create the right impression.

2 – Extend the life of your building – Dirt and grime builds up and can cause significant erosion to most property surfaces over time. Without proper regular cleaning, you could find yourself with a hefty maintenance bill to replace areas suffering from wear and tear as a result of the abrasive effects of air pollution, dirt and grime.

3 – Protecting health – Mould and mildew present on buildings have the potential to affect everyone’s health. Research at the University of Toronto found that natural sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds from the grime that typically coats outdoor surfaces in urban areas.

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Cleaning Industrial Solutions use appropriate cleaning methods and a comprehensive range of cleaning services to help business owners and residents across the city of Leeds keep their buildings in tip top condition. From specialist heritage building cleans using our DOFF and TORC cleaning systems to high level cleaning with specially trained cleaners, no cleaning job in Leeds is too big or too small.

CLEANING THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR LONDON OFFICE BUILDING MATTERS

The look of your building matters. It’s the first impression your clients get of you when they are visiting for that all important meeting. If you are serious about clinching the deal, sending the right signal starts from the outside. A clean building sends the message that you care about your surroundings. It reflects the image of your brand and will help you to reinforce your commitment, reliability and organisational skills.

Building a level of trust with your clients is imperative for good business relationships. When a visitor walks into your office and sees that it is well-kept on the outside and clean and tidy on the inside it will immediately put them at ease. Keeping the outside of your building clean really does matter.

BUILDING CLEANING OPTIONS

There are a range of cleaning methods used for effectively cleaning the outside of any building. The building’s surface will determine what cleaning method is most appropriate. Stone surfaces, especially those of heritage buildings, require specialist cleaning methods to preserve the integrity of the stone surface. Two highly effective building cleaning methods that work well for stone surfaces are the DOFF and TORC cleaning systems. These are used extensively in keeping London’s buildings clean.

DOFF is a specialist steam cleaning system. It removes all grime and unwanted material without the use of harmful chemicals and without surface abrasion. It can be used to clean stone surfaces, marble, brickwork, tiled surfaces (including roofs), metals and commercial cladding.

TORC is a cleaning system that uses compressed air, water and a fine mix of granulate to provide a gentle, deep clean for stone surfaces. The TORC cleaning system is very effective for cleaning any stone building and successfully removes carbon sulphation, paint residues, lime scale, oil based paints, bitumen and lime or cement based paints.

It’s likely your office building in London requires specialist cleaning services. Dirt and grime have a habit of accumulating in difficult to reach places. For high level cleaning you’ll need to call in the experts.

CALL A PROFESSIONAL

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If you have noticed the outside of your London office building is looking worse for wear, it might be best to call a professional to restore your building to its former gleaming glory. At Cleaning Industrial Solutions, we have many years’ experience providing specialist cleaning services for London’s buildings. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

 

 

CLEANING MANCHESTER’S SKYLINE

Manchester city centre’s skyline is about to undergo a drastic change. In the next few years a number of high-rise towers will bloom and change the skyline forever. Some of the builds have already started and planning permission has been given the go ahead for many more.

As reported in the Manchester Evening News, as many as 18 new skyscrapers could appear on Manchester City’s skyline over the next few years, including a magnificent 41-storey skyscraper in Angel Meadow. Two 36-storey towers are also set to be built on the former ITV site. Plans to build these towers were approved in March. Another £154m development in the heart of the city, close to Victoria Train Station, will also include 36 storeys of plush apartments and commercial space.

The iconic Beetham tower will get a twin, and Manchester’s tallest tower yet is set to go ahead as part of the Owen Street development with four skyscrapers including one with an incredible 64 storeys. It will be the tallest building in the UK outside of London.

Cleaning Manchester’s skyline is a serious business. Maintaining any building’s higher levels can be a tough job and is one that can be easily overlooked as an unnecessary cost. A clean building creates a great impression and stands out from the crowd. In business especially, first impressions really do matter.

In a busy city, it’s likely dirt and grime will build up on any building exterior more quickly. Regular cleaning will prevent unnecessary wear and tear and help to maintain the integrity of the build. For windows that are high up, cleaning windows yourself certainly isn’t an option. If you are several storeys up you’ll need to employ a professional cleaning company with experience in high access cleaning.

Cleaning Industrial Solutions are experienced professionals offering high access cleaning services for clients across Manchester. We can clean hard to reach windows, cladding, masonry, guttering and all building facades using the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. We are committed to cleaning the buildings of Manchester to keep the city’s skyline clean.

Possible problems – Injected insulation

Interstitial condensation

This is when the inner leaf of the wall after insulation becomes much warmer and this has a knock-on effect of pushing condensation away from the inner wall.

This can cause condensation to form within the cavity because the dew-point, with warmer air, gets pushed back and out towards the cold outer wall, condensing and forming in the brickwork itself. This problem comes into its own during winter time when the water now trapped inside the bricks actually freezes, expanding as it does, and forming cracks to the bricks. Over time this can cause seriously expensive brickwork repairs, or in the case of smooth render or pebbledash, it can push the wall surface away from the bricks, causing what’s known as “hollow render” or “blown pebbledash”.

Exterior walls being in a poor condition

This is usually due to either a lack of maintenance i.e. damaged pointing or cracked render, severe weather conditions, or more typically, the fact that the external walls have lost their weatherproofing ability. When this happens, the water that rains on to your walls outside, gets soaked up inside the bricks. This normally would stop at the cavity and would not pass into the house, although a good way to spot this is if your interior walls feel cold to the touch, even when the heating is on. So the filling inside the walls starts to transmit the moisture to the inner leaf or wall, causing damp,

Gutter Cleaning Advice

Cleaning Out Your GuttersIt’s important to make sure your gutters are clean and free of any blockages. If not, water can build up and cause damage to your roof and the outside of your home. This could lead to further problems with water damage, including leaky roofs and a build-up of damp and mould. In this blog, we’ll be giving some quick tips on how to clean your gutters to prevent water damage to your home.

Use a good ladder and stay safe

A good ladder is the key to getting you to the right height to check your gutters and clean them out. When using a ladder, it’s important to keep your safety in mind, as well as the safety of anyone who might be underneath the ladder. Do some research and use the right type of ladder to keep you safe. You should also make sure the ladder is on firm, stable ground so that it doesn’t wobble and always make sure to keep three points of contact with the ladder at all times.

Check for any debris

Leaves and moss usually end up gathering in your gutters, which if left alone could lead to leaks, damage to your gutters and other problems. Luckily, removing leaves and moss is easy to do and can be done with your hands or a good trowel to clear away the mess. You can keep a bucket with you as well to collect these in to be disposed of properly later on. Some problems may not be as obvious straight away, such as moss trapped in a downspout, so have a good look to make sure the problems are dealt with.

Call a professional

If you have already noticed a large build-up of water leaking from your drainpipes, or have maybe noticed a build-up of damp and mould in your home, it might be best to call a professional to assess the situation and deal with any problems caused as a result. At Cleaning Industrial Solutions, we have many years’ experience providing specialist cleaning services including damp surveys and dealing with flood and water damage. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

Overflow from blocked or broken gutters

Carrying out essential repairs and cleaning out gutters in the Spring and Autumn might seem like a menial task, but failure to do so can cause major problems for a home. From foundation damage to roof leaks, clogged gutters can lead to expensive repairs when left untreated.

Ways clogged and damaged gutters can damage a home

Foundation damage

The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home’s foundation, floor voids and cellars. A blockage or damage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation or pour into voids and cellar. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form in foundation and potentially result in subsidence. But even if the foundation doesn’t fail, the water can still cause mould growth in voids and cellars. If these areas have poor ventilation dry rot will be a strong possibility.

Wood damage

The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters are clogged this causes water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home. This leads to deterioration and rotting of facia boards, wood cladding and other external wooden fixtures like balconies.

Landscape damage

When gutters clog and water spills over the side, it often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home.

Water Ingression into the property

Dams can form in gutters behind blockages. During heavy downpour or stormy weather, this water can flow over the top of the gutter into soffits and down into the property and wall voids. Water could also flow down the side of the property breaching the damp proofing and causing internal moisture damage.

Ice damage

Water pouring down the side of the property will fill cracks in brick, stone work and pointing. If there are freezing conditions, this water will expand into ice causing expansion of cracks and blowing pointing out. This will eventually lead to water ingression into the property.