When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? It’s probably one of the last things homeowners are thinking about until a winter downpour does damage to their house and they wish they’d done something about it sooner! But with the help of Buildbase – and one of our partners, Hunter – we can help the trade to protect their customers’ homes when the leaves start falling…
How do you help homeowners keep their gutters clear during winter time?
With what seems to be an ever-increasing amount of rain in the UK combined with the seasonal issue of leaves falling from the trees, house building and maintenance needs to be considered to ensure houses have clear gutters that work in the event of a torrential downpour.
If the leaves are left in the gutter, they can build up over time, restricting the flow rate of the system and may cause the gutter to overflow.
Over time, you’ll get a staining on the brickwork. In older houses it will soak through and cause damage to the plaster inside the house. The problem can be both extensive and expensive!
Also, you must remember that leaves and debris will drop through the rainwater pipe and into the gully at ground level so these may need clearing out as well.
To help combat this problem, a rainwater gully is used to perform a trap for the leaves at ground level, where they can be removed. The Hunter “Compact Rainwater Gully” is one example that’s very easy to clear out and can be installed if your drainage discharges into a soak-way or surface water sewer.
There is no grating with the Hunter model – as there is with traditional gullies – that can be blocked with leaves at ground level. The Hunter version is supplied with adaptors so can be used with 68mm, 82mm and 110mm diameter rainwater pipes as well as 65mm Square and Regency style rainwater pipes.
And being made from PVCu, they are corrosion-free, needing little maintenance.