26 April 2018

Spring has finally sprung and so we have approached some of our preferred contractors to ask them for their top tips for this time of year.

When did you last have your gutters checked? Why it is important to clean your guttering regularly

The importance of good gutters should not be underestimated. If gutters leak because they are blocked or broken they can cause expensive structural damage to your property. Gutters are in place to guide rainwater from the roof down the drainpipe and into the drains. If this simple task is not being performed it can result in water ingress into the roof space or down cavity walls causing damp, damage and potential health problems for the occupiers.

A simple way to check if your gutters need cleaning or repairing is to look outside when it is raining. If you can see water running down the side of your house this is a good indication you need to take action. Sagging gutters are also a good sign of damage and can occur if the gutter is weighed down by debris or if brackets have become faulty. If you check the gutters on a dry day, keep an eye out for white salts building up underneath the gutter as this is another indicator that water is not being channelled as it should be.

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It is a good idea to check your gutters annually to make sure they are clear of debris like fallen leaves and moss. The beginning of winter is an ideal time of year to schedule this work after the trees have lost their leaves and before the wetter weather begins. A further check in the Spring is also recommended to ensure no winter damage has occurred due to high winds or snowfall. It is possible to fit gutter guards which are a relatively inexpensive way of preventing blockages especially in wooden gutters where the outlet can be narrow. It is also worth remembering that wooden gutters will need a thorough cleaning and be repainted every couple of years to prevent them from rotting and disintegrating.

For more advice on any of your guttering requirements please contact Tony Camm at Wortley Roofing on 07725237558 or wortleyroofing@gmail.com

The Garden Keeper Gives Us His Spring Gardening Tips

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Spring is most people's favourite time of the year, after a long winter the promise of warmer weather is a reassuring thought!

There is still chance to get fences repaired but spring is the time to start planting out. Whether is vegetables or plants do your homework, it is important to know what species will suit your garden, look at your soil type and what the species requires to thrive.

Depending on the weather it may be time to look at doing the odd grass cut!

Spring is a good time to look at carrying out decking & patio repairs, replacement or cleaning. We use special detergents to get as much grease and grime off as possible.

For more advice or to speak to The Garden Keeper about any work you need help with please contact Nick Palmer on 01423 358533 or 07716 467460.

Think Green when you Spring Clean

You want to start spring off on a clean note, so don't expose yourself to chemicals and toxins. A steam cleaner is one of the best green products for spring cleaning. It can be used to clean your microwave, tiles, hard floors, kitchen appliances, bathrooms and even outdoor areas. Since steam cleaners only use hot water vapour they are a 100% natural and chemical free cleaning solution. But keep in mind – not everything can be steam cleaned.

If you don't have a steam cleaner, one of the best combinations for cleaning is white distilled vinegar, baking soda and water. These ingredients are affordable, non-toxic and have worked for ages when it comes to cleaning.

For more help with your cleaning requirements or for any advice please contact TCP on 07525 083795 or 07950 289251.

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