Gutters are an often neglected part of a property, and this applies doubly so to the gutters located above conservatories. This may sometimes be due to a case of forgetting to carry out the work, but in many cases, a property owner may not be aware of how to clean gutters above a conservatory.
Conservatory gutters should be cleaned out in a particular way to ensure the work is done correctly and safely. At Square Foot Property Rescue, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to explain how it should be carried out, and we are also available to expertly clean your conservatory gutters for you if you are unable to complete the work yourself. Contact us if this is something you would like for your property and one of our team members will be able to arrange a date for your gutters to be cleaned.
Types of Conservatory Guttering
The guttering system found on your conservatory will most often be made from the same material as the rest of the frame. Most typically, this will be unplasticised polyvinyl chloride, otherwise known as uPVC. This is the most popular material for conservatories in the UK, owing to its long life expectancy and easy-to-maintain design, which helps it to stay cleaner for longer. Other material types may also include aluminium, steel or wood.
Conservatory gutters will usually come in two different styles, White Square Line Gutters or White Half Round Gutters. Both of these types come with their own advantages and challenges when you’re attempting to clean them. For instance, angled guttering may require more work when attempting to push or flush blockages out from around corners.
Your conservatory may have also been installed with concealed guttering, otherwise known as “box gutters”. This style is traditionally used with conservatories that have a pitched roof, fitting in underneath to create an almost completely sealed gutter that runs between a conservatory and the side of the property. These gutters are typically found with older installations.
How to Clean Gutters Above a Conservatory
If you are looking to clean the gutters above a conservatory by yourself, you must always begin by ensuring you have a safe, sturdy ladder or stepladder available. This should be high enough so you’re able to see and reach into the gutter and secure enough that you are able to use two hands to complete the work. It shouldn’t put pressure on your gutter, however, as this may result in cracks or splits that will damage the system.
Cleaning Your Downpipes
Before cleaning out the guttering around the conservatory roof, we would recommend starting with the downpipes. These are often blocked by plant debris, leaves, dirt and other materials, which may easily be dislodged by drain rods or a long piece of wire. For more stubborn dirt and debris, cleaning tools such as a powerful hose or pressure washer may provide a deep clean and prove more effective. It should also be noted that downpipes connected to your property’s wall with brackets may require unscrewing before this work is attempted.
Cleaning Your Gutters
Once your downpipes have been cleared, it will be time to move on to cleaning the guttering around your conservatory roofline. To begin, take time inspecting the system for any sagging that could indicate the brackets have come loose; this may either simply need screwing back into place, or replacing entirely in a worst case scenario. It’s important that you check for this before you begin work removing any debris, as loose guttering is a safety hazard and a risk.
Removing debris from gutters over a conservatory should be done with a handheld tool, such as a garden trowel. Gently scrape out and remove the debris and dead leaves from the system, before using a damp cloth to wipe away any leftover dirt. You may also consider a number of professional, industry-standard cleaning tools to clear out your conservatory gutters. However, these can often come at a price which is far greater than simply booking an appointment with a property maintenance firm, and may require some training to use correctly.
To find out more about the cleaning tools we can use to completely clear your guttering system, get in touch today. One of our team members will be able to discuss our equipment for cleaning gutters with you.
Combining Roof and Gutter Cleaning
While removing the debris from the gutters, you may also consider cleaning your conservatory roof panels with a handheld brush or damp cloth. Be careful when carrying out this part of the process, as caps are easily dislodged when carrying out roof and gutter cleaning. Once this work is complete, flush the whole system through with water from a hose to wash away any remaining debris and to ensure that your system is clear.
There are a number of different methods you can use to prevent your conservatory gutters from becoming blocked. These include gutter guards and brushes, which will allow water to pass through the system but prevent leaves, dirt and other debris from entering.
What Causes Blocked Conservatory Gutters?
There may be a number of different issues causing your conservatory gutters to become blocked. Many of these are weather-related, such as leaves, flowers, seeds and blossom falling from trees at different times of the year. Bird droppings and nests may also cause blockages, as will any buildup of dirt and debris that falls in rain. This dirt may even encourage moss to grow if the area is also kept damp by constant standing water, which will only cause the issue to get worse.
Signs of a Blocked Conservatory Gutter
If you are unsure whether or not your conservatory gutter is blocked, there may be signs you can watch out for to confirm it:
- Leaking or overflowing gutters
- Sagging gutters
- Plants growing in your gutters
- Spotting animals or nests close to your property
- Staining on walls between conservatory downpipes and the walls of your main property
What Happens if Conservatory Gutters Aren’t Cleaned?
If the gutters over a conservatory aren’t cleaned, they may not only become blocked and overflow, but can also cause a number of different problems if the blockage is located in a section of gutter that’s attached to your main property. These include damage such as erosion to brick walls, rot in wooden features such as fascias and rust in any metal elements. Damp may also begin to form and spread inside the property, potentially causing a health hazard. Each of these will be costly to have treated or repaired.
If your conservatory is located next to a patio, constant leaking water may also start to erode it, which will force you to pay for further repairs.
Replacing Conservatory Guttering
It is possible that you’ll find your conservatory gutters are too old for cleaning to make them fully efficient, or that they have become damaged over time and would need extensive repairs. In these cases, it may be more beneficial to your budget to simply have the guttering replaced. If this is something you’d like to try doing yourself, the first step in the process will be to remove the downpipes. Take the gutter brackets or clips out of the wall with a screwdriver and disconnect the pipes from the system, starting with the lowest gutter clip and working your way up.
Removing Conservatory Guttering
Once the downpipes are fully removed, you can begin to take down the guttering from around your conservatory roof. Remove the gutter clips and carefully take down the pieces, removing the sections that need replacing while ensuring that they don’t fall or accidentally scratch your conservatory frame or glass.
Installing New Conservatory Guttering
To begin putting up new gutters over a conservatory, assemble the gutter clips back along the roofline. They should be placed 150mm from each corner and then evenly spaced in between. Once they’re fixed in place, install the guttering itself. With most forms of conservatory guttering, this should involve clipping the sections into place using the gutter clips, though this will require joint clips on the corners in order to fit the extra connections.
Fitting the New Downpipes
The final part of the process will be to fit your new downpipes. These should be cut to the correct height. If necessary, you can also connect two pieces of downpipe together using a downpipe bend; this will allow you to fit the pipe around the structure. Push the downpipe onto the outlet, ensuring the shoe is connected to the pipe itself. Fit the gutter brackets back to the pipe to hold it in place, starting at the bottom and working your way up until the last part of the guttering system is completely installed.
Getting in Touch With Professional Gutter Cleaners and Installers
We understand if you would rather contact an expert roof and gutter cleaning company to clear out your own conservatory guttering. The work is often more hazardous than many people realise, and could potentially cause injury to you or damage to your property if carried out incorrectly. If damage occurs, this will take more time from your schedule to be set right, as well as more money from your budget to fix.
Contact Us to Clean or Replace Your Conservatory Gutters
At Square Foot Property Rescue, we have years of experience with blocked, broken and overflowing gutters that often cause our clients stress. As such, our fully qualified and dedicated team is readily equipped and waiting to clean, repair or replace gutters on any large conservatory they are called to service.
We will work hard to provide your conservatory guttering with the thorough, professional clean it needs to remain in good working order. This will be done with minimal disruption to your day and beginning at a starting price of £90+VAT. Contact us today if your large conservatory looks in need of a full gutter cleaning and let us show you what we can do to help.