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:

Cleaning Out Your Gutters

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.