Signs that your guttering system needs repairs

Well-maintained guttering is essential to effective drainage from roofs, so it’s important to get any damage or wear and tear fixed as soon as you notice it.

Doing so will not only help to keep wastewater draining properly from your property, but will also reduce maintenance costs in the long run by tackling problems before they worsen.

At hebs Group we have years of experience dealing with all kinds of drainage problems, from leaky roofs to flooded car parks, and many of them stem from faulty guttering.

Here are five major signs that your guttering system needs repairs – any one of these deserves further investigation, but if you have several at once, it’s a good idea to get your gutters cleaned and repaired as soon as you can.

1. Overflowing gutters

Blocked gutters can lead to overflowing water when it rains heavily, as the rain cannot flow along the gutter to the drainpipe.

If you notice overflowing gutters when it rains, they might just need clearing out. It’s totally normal for debris like leaves, twigs and moss to accumulate over time.

2. Sagging gutters

Unless your gutters are very high up, it should be possible to spot from ground level if they are sagging, especially in a spot that overflows during rain.

There are a few reasons why gutters can sag, from broken supports to incorrect lengths of guttering used during initial installation.

3. No downpipe outflow

If the bottom end of your downpipe is visible, check if water flows out of it during rainfall. If it’s not visible, you might be able to hear the water flowing or lift a nearby drain cover and peek in.

No downpipe outflow can mean a blockage in the drainpipe, but often means – you guessed it – blocked or damaged gutters.

4. Roof leaks and damp walls

If your roof appears to be leaking or you notice damp walls, especially along an exterior wall with guttering, it could be that excess rainwater is overflowing the guttering and penetrating the wall or roof.

Get your guttering checked first, as it’s quick, easy and affordable to clear most ordinary blockages and can fix an apparent damp problem or ‘leak’ in a matter of minutes.

5. Standing water

Water flows down, so if you have a flooded car park or standing water at ground level, it’s worth looking up to diagnose the problem.

Drainage problems including damaged guttering and blocked drainpipes can all prevent rainwater from reaching the sewers – leading to flooding that appears to start from the ground up.

 

If in doubt, call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707. We’re always happy to diagnose a drainage problem, whether it’s a faulty guttering system, broken drainpipe or blocked sewer drain, and we have the tools and expertise to fix them all.

 

What to know about trenchless pipe bursting

A burst pipe is usually not a good thing – but when we carry out trenchless pipe bursting, it’s exactly what our clients are hoping for.

That’s because trenchless pipe bursting is a way to rehabilitate old pipelines, replace them with completely new pipe, and even increase the diameter of the pipeline without having to dig it up.

So how does it work? It’s quite simple, and we have the technology required to ensure a good, clean result every time.

Bursting the old pipe

First, the old pipe needs to be burst. For this, a bursting head essentially drills along the length of the pipeline.

The narrow leading end of the bursting head automatically stays on course, guided by the existing pipeline itself, while the trailing edge is broader and breaks apart the old pipe.

It’s important to stay on course and to ensure the old pipe is thoroughly broken up, which is why we make sure to invest in the latest bursting technology for the job.

Laying the new pipe

The new pipeline is laid as part of the same process. As the bursting head pulverises the old pipe, the new line is simply laid into the cavity left behind.

By using a bursting head wider than the diameter of the original pipe, this cavity can be opened up to allow a new, wider pipeline to be inserted with no excavation required from the surface.

This is why the process is referred to as ‘trenchless’ – because there is no need to dig a channel or trench in order to lay the new pipe.

Benefits of trenchless pipe bursting

Trenchless pipe bursting has several benefits and can be used on a variety of different pipelines, such as water mains, gas supplies, drains and sewers.

It can rehabilitate old pipelines that have become too uneconomical to continually patch up and repair; replace old pipes with new ones that meet modern standards; and widen the diameter of old pipelines in the way described above.

By avoiding the need for surface excavation, trenchless pipe bursting allows work to be carried out faster, with less disruption and reduced cost.

It’s just one of several technologies for repairing pipelines that we use at hebs Trenchless Solutions. Others include UV LED cured-in-place patches, LED-cured pipe liners, directional drilling and laser-guided boring.

 

If you would like to know more, contact hebs Group today on 0151 2360707 and we will be happy to discuss our trenchless pipe bursting technology and other trenchless solutions with you.

A busy time for hebs Flowtech in Manchester

The hebs Flowtech team have been busy in and around Greater Manchester, Cheshire and across the north-west in recent weeks.

We’ve had callouts to several of the region’s ambulance stations, as part of our ongoing work to ensure paramedics can respond to medical emergencies without delays.

Just some of the work we’ve done includes:

  • In Sale, the ambulance station had problems with their kitchen pipes. We attended, removed and cleaned the affected pipework of any food debris. We also rinsed and jetted the external lines to prevent the problem from recurring.

 

  • In Northwich, we jetted and cleaned a blocked outdoor drainage line to restore it to free-flowing again.

  • In Ladybridge, we cleared a completely blocked drain using hand tools and finished the job by jetting it through to remove any remaining obstruction.

  • In Chester we were called out to conduct a drain survey. We used our high-tech imaging equipment to inspect the drains and make sure everything was running smoothly. While we were there, we also installed some bird deterrents to prevent nesting in the wash bay.

Finally, one job we wouldn’t have been asked to do before 2020 – Parkway Manchester called us out to mark two-metre social distancing zones using high-visibility tape.

The bright yellow and black chevron tape makes clear how far apart two metres is in parts of the premises where social distancing might be difficult, such as hallways.

It’s just one part of Parkway’s response to the challenges posed by COVID-19, which also includes reminder notices posted around the premises and hygiene stations to help visitors keep their hands and surfaces clean.

A good job inside and out

Blocked drains and gutters are more likely to be a problem outdoors than inside – there’s more chance for fallen leaves and mud to block them, and it’s often more easily noticed when a car park floods, compared with a slow-draining kitchen sink.

So the case studies above are a useful reminder that we can respond to drainage surveys, blocked sinks and clogged gutters wherever they occur on your premises, including indoors.

We’re also happy to offer many more kinds of routine maintenance, whether that’s preventing birds from nesting in unsuitable locations, or helping you prepare for the medium-term future of social distancing regulations.

 

If you’d like to know more about any of our work, or you have a particular maintenance challenge and you want to check whether we can help, call hebs Flowtech today on 0151 2360707 and a member of our team will be happy to tell you your options.

 

Preparing your building for a spring clean

With more people spending more of their work and leisure time at home, investment in residential building maintenance can reap dividends in attracting tenants, especially if you’re in an area where home-moving activity has fallen.

The changing nature of how we all live, work and socialise has led many people to put more emphasis on finding a comfortable and well-maintained home, even if they have to pay more to get it.

Here are some suggestions of ways to raise rents by giving residential buildings a competitive edge in the current climate and for the long-term future too.

1. Landscaping

Never forget the importance of kerb appeal. Landscaped exteriors don’t need a huge amount of maintenance, but can help to make large residential buildings feel more homely.

This is especially true if you provide communal gardens, as more tenants are likely to be seeking properties with private outdoor areas, even if those areas are shared.

2. Car park drainage

Car park maintenance shouldn’t be neglected either, and a car park drainage problem is often easily fixed – one area in which hebs Group are proud to be experts.

We can clear out clogs and debris, clean surface dirt to restore drains to as-new condition, and rehabilitate pipes if they have cracked or collapsed, so there’s no more standing water in your car park when it rains.

3. Building fabric

Building exterior maintenance isn’t just about visual appeal. Our building fabric services make sure the exteriors of your residential premises are in good working order and structurally sound.

This covers the whole range from exterior surfaces like walls and windows, to roof maintenance and fixtures like gutters and drainpipes.

4. Communal interiors

Most residential buildings with multiple occupants have some communal interiors, ranging from hallways and stairwells to mail rooms, shared kitchens and laundry facilities.

Whatever you provide to your residents, make sure it is well appointed and well maintained, as it’s more important than ever to justify any monthly service charges you ask your tenants to pay.

5. Residential interior fitout

Finally, once your tenants are past the exteriors and communal spaces, it is the interior of their home that has the biggest impact on their day-to-day comfort.

Kerb appeal will win them over, but home comforts keep them in place once their initial tenancy expires.

So put the right focus on residential interior fitout, with the help of hebs Group’s team of experts to give your tenants every reason to renew for a further 12 months or transition to a rolling contract.

 

If you require any residential building maintenance services, contact hebs Flowtech at info@hebs-group.co.uk or call 0151 236 0707.