Water is one of the greatest causes of damage to buildings both externally and internally; it is vital that guttering systems are well maintained, channelling rainwater away from the building safely.
Blocked and damaged gutters will overflow, leaking onto wall surfaces causing damage to exterior cladding and brickwork. Less obvious will be seepage into the building interior, causing structural damage that rarely reveals itself until an advanced stage is reached. Water ingress at best leads to decorative damage, at worst fungal growth, insect infestation and dry rot.
Water run-off that is not properly channelled away will saturate the ground below and may undermine walls, promoting rising damp.
- Leaves, including wet and compacted leaves
- Plant debris, accumulated moss and grass
- Birds nests and accumulated bird droppings
- Brick and roof tile debris