Problems with guttering and down pipes can potentially damage the fabric of your building. You should act quickly if you see or suspect any problems.
An ever increasing amount of people living in tenement buildings in cities like Edinburgh, are having serious problem with their gutters and downpipes. For the most part the problems are caused by a simple blockage/vegetation growing in the gutters or minor maintenance problems such as seam lining, that have been allowed to go on untended for too long without gutter cleaning or gutter maintenance.
First Call Plumbing in Edinburgh have been receiving more and more calls about downpipes and guttering failing in the winter with the extremely cold temperatures and the very heavy snowfalls we have had over the past couple of years. We will also clean and repair the guttering and downpipes to ensure that you don’t have any problems in the future.
We are competent in finding the best solution, even if it is only temporary, to allow you to go on that the problem will not be affecting the fabric of your house, building or flat.
The reason that these guttering problems have not been simply taken care of long ago is obvious; there aren’t many cost effective, quick and easy solutions to cleaning gutters or gutter maintenance on tenement blocks / at height. People are understandably extremely wary of having to pay out huge sums for scaffolding to allow workers to get to the problem area. What’s more the various red tape associated with erecting scaffolding on public streets causes delays and complications. Similarly, the cost of a cherry picker and operative, which is another potential solution (where a cherry picker can actually gain access to the street) is much too high for what is essentially at its basic level, just the minor task of maintenance, clearing unblocking or gutter cleaning.
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