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Clearing gutters, gullies and drain covers of leaves and debris

Clearing autumn gutter blocked with leaves by hand


Gutters serve an important purpose and help to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundations and landscape. When gutters become blocked with leaves and debris, this can prevent the water from flowing properly and can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior and exterior of your home.

Take care when clearing gutters and always ensure to use the correct safety equipment.

Watch the video below on how to clear out gutters.


Internal waste pipes can become blocked with soap residue, grease and kitchen waste. A gully trap is where waste water from your kitchen and bathroom is deposited before it is dispensed into the sewer. It is particularly important to keep your gully traps clean and clear as excess rain water and leaves can cause the water to backup an overflow into your home.

Watch the video below on how to clear gullies.

Drain covers

Outdoor drains are prone to clogging when leaves and debris cover them, and an overflowing drain can cause many problems inside and outside of your home.

The most effective way to keep your drains free from leaves and debris is to use a good quality brush or rake to collect and dispose of any leaves in your garden, this will help prevent the drains from becoming blocked in the first place.

Drain guards are also an effective way of protecting your drains and can be purchased at a low cost from most budget or DIY stores.


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Refuse bins

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Keeping your house and fixtures and fittings clean

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