Finlock Gutter Problems

Concrete Gutters can cause a multitude of problems. As we have said, they have become a failing system. They were a great idea when they were implemented but Royston evidently did not consider the longevity of the system that would also act as part of the lintel on the house they were attached to. What’s more, if you have had your concrete gutters for this long and not had your roof felt checked or a complete reroof done then parts of the felt may be failing.

Just because the felt is failing does not mean that you should not get your concrete gutters done though as these are, most likely starting to cause problems and while our fitters are at your gutter line, they will push the first row of your tiles back (provided they are not nailed down) and inspect the bottom section of felt that is most likely to have become frayed, worn to torn. Furthermore, this will all be taken care of during your installation so you may well be killing two birds with one stone!

Internal leaks

Recognise These Concrete Gutter Problems?

External Gutter Leaks

This is one of the most common concrete gutter problems. It starts off with a small crack between two blocks and over time as water seeps through this more and more, it gets bigger and bigger until one day, you are looking at your house and notice a big, ugly, damp patch under a section of the gutters which over time leads to discolouration. Not only does this ruin the aesthetic of your property but it can lead to even worse problems if it is not sorted.

Alternatively, you might step out the front door one day and hear or see a steady drip, drip, drip…. You have left your concrete gutters to decay for too long now. That drip is coming from a serious breach in the gutter line. Do not forget that these concrete gutters are made up of blocks of heavy and possibly sodden concrete. If one of them becomes so unstable that it cannot hold its own weight or water travelling across it, gravity is only going to pull it in one direction, directly down.

Internal Gutter Leaks

Another major issue that impacts people who still have concrete gutters. Water can leak through cracks in the guttering, or you may experience cold air travelling from the outside of the gutters to the interior of the property via the lintel. Either way, damp soon sets in, often in bedrooms and upstairs bathrooms.

Obviously, it is not healthy to have damp in the property, however, once damp does set in it is often followed by mould which can be downright harmful. “If you have damp and mould in your home then you are more likely to suffer from respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system”- NHS Website

Damp and mould concrete guttering
Damp and mold

Damp and Mould

In some cases, damp will only get as far as the cavity wall insulation (if you have it). This, essentially, turns your cavity wall insulation into a sponge and your cavity wall into a bucket of water.

Whether a property owner is suffering from damp or damp with mould, they will need to let the interior of the property dry out properly once we have done our job and then redecorate.

The Concrete Gutter Wizards advice is to not let your Finlock gutters get to the point where they are causing you problems, this will just end up being more costly for you. Do not waste money on short term solutions like lining as these ultimately fail and/ or water gets underneath them, and you are left with the same set of problems as above. While the lining might be guaranteed, the failing concrete gutters underneath will not be.