Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

Winterising Gutters | 3 Inspired Steps To Prep Your Gutters for the Onset of Winter

Construction & Contractors Blog

Preparing your home for winter starts with the top of your house and continues downwards. You'll need to ensure that your roofs and gutters are well-prepared to tackle the onset of the winter chill. Gutter cleaning is the perfect first step to get your roof plumbing in good shape before the cold chill starts clamping down on your home. Here are some great steps to help you prepare and winterise your gutters.

Inspect your Gutters Thoroughly

Climb onto the roof safely and inspect the level of dirt and debris that has accumulated in the gutters over months. Falling autumn leaves can clog up your gutters, which will cause water to stagnate. Stagnant water is a haven for all kinds of pests and can lead to the growth of mould and mildew – damaging the foundation of your home. You can install leaf guards to help protect your gutters from clogging. They can save you from a time-consuming and far-too-regular gutter cleaning task, but they won't prevent the leaves entirely. Once you've assessed the gutters, you can decide whether you need the professionals or can handle it on your own. Simple cleaning can easily be undertaken on your own, but if the job is more complex, you may need to call in a professional gutter cleaning service like ACT Gutter Service.

Clean Gutter Debris

If you've decided that you can handle the job, then you're going to have to invest your time to undertake this tedious job. Face it, there's nothing cool about gutter cleaning. Climb onto the roof with a strong ladder. Perhaps you'll want someone to hold down the fort at the other end of the ladder, so you don't fall over. You'll also need a scooping tool and pressure washer for the gutter, which can be purchased at a home improvement store. Leaves and debris usually gather along the corners or at different joints along the interior walls of the gutter. You will need to scoop out this debris and pressure wash the interior walls of your gutter.

Clear Downspout Pipes

Downspout pipes redirect water away from the side vertical walls of your home to protect its structural integrity. Use a pressure washer or hose to water them down. This removes any existing clogs that prevent the free flow of water. Ideally, the downspouts should take the water a few feet away from the walls of your home to prevent it from stagnating near your exterior walls.

Failing to clean your gutters before winter could lead to issues like leakages and stagnating water, which in turn will cause undue damage to your home. Take proper gutter cleaning precautions to enjoy a safe and dry winter.


29 July 2015