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A leaking or blocked gutter/downpipe can cause damp to your external wall that can
then soak through to the inside, damaging your plaster and given enough time even
your timber floor joists. We have been to several properties when after a heavy
downpour all the debris from the guttering has been washed to the downpipe and
blocks it up. What happens then can be quite a sight to see. The rainwater has
nowhere to go, fills up to the top of the guttering and then overflows the front and
back of the guttering. The front goes down the brickwork of your home, the back goes
into the brick cavity of your home and through anything it encounters, like the
internal plastering on your bedroom window reveals.
Sometimes a simple bit of maintenance can make all the difference. Replacing any leaking unions, corners, stop ends and running outlets can be done quite easily and is a sign that the rubber compression strips inside these parts have degraded over time to a point that they no longer serve the purpose the are intended to. And keep your gutters clear. An annual clearance every Autumn can go a long way to keeping your home free of damp and water ingress
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