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Keeping gutters, gullies and drains clear

Check your valleys, gutters, hoppers and downpipes for blockages regularly so that they can carry water away quickly and efficiently. If they are not maintained, blockages will occur and the accumulation of water will eventually cause damage.

Additionally, if a downpipe is blocked, any trapped rainwater may crack or shatter the downpipe if it freezes. Signs of soil being washed away at ground level or splashes of soil at the base of walls can be an indication that water is not being caught by the gutter.

Keeping an eye on your roof

Loose or missing slates and tiles may mean that water is getting into the roof. Arranging for a professional to put back a loose or missing slate or tile is much cheaper than repairing or replacing roof timbers. These are all simple protective measures which if undertaken regularly, can save a great deal of time and trouble later by avoiding expensive repair or replacement costs.

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