Gutters and pipes

Although January is now out of the way, February and March can always provide some very cold weather, not to mention the April showers. As a result, it’s always a good idea to weatherproof a building at this time of year, to prevent structural or interior damage. This includes checking your gutters and pipes. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to the gutters and pipes.

Pipework

Does your building have external pipework or guttering? Whether it’s a garage, a shed, or your home, you need to be vigilant about the down pipes. That’s because a leak from a downpipe can cause water damage to your brickwork of cladding, weakening the structure. If your brickwork is showing discoloured stains, a leaking downpipe could well be the culprit. And, with more cold weather set to to arrive, as well as the rain, this could be a problem.

A leak can be caused by damage to the pipe itself, or by a blockage. This will need to be resolved for your pipes to work as expected.

Guttering

Guttering is important on any building, even an outhouse or shed. It is responsible for taking the water away from the roof and walls of your building. Guttering that is broken or tilted, will not be able to carry the water load, and instead will cause water to run down your walls, leaving stains and discolouration. Over time this will cause water damage that can be expensive to fix. So make sure that your guttering is working properly, before the cold weather returns.

If you do notice any issues with your pipes or gutters, you should get your building checked out by a professional. Replacing broken guttering and downpipes is a fairly straight forward job, but it could help prevent expensive damage. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are building experts. If you have any issues, give us a call.

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