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While plastic guttering is often a better option, if you live in a listed building and it has cast-iron guttering, you'll probably have to replace it like-for-like - consult your local council's conservation office first, as you may need listed building consent.
3 While plastic guttering is often a better option, if you live in a listed building and it has cast-iron guttering, you may have to replace it like-for-like - consult your local council's conservation office first, as you may need listed building consent.
To fix this, squeeze out the seal from between the two sections of guttering, clean off the area and replace the seal, before clipping the sections back in place.
Checking and repairing guttering and downpipes usually involves working on a ladder, but this can, of course, be dangerous.
This is mainly because plastic guttering is lightweight and easy to handle and all the components are easy to fix, whether it be joining sections together or connecting to downpipes.
Guttering is designed to protect your home's exterior walls from rain by channelling it from the roof to a drain in the ground via the gutter and downpipes.
3Dry the guttering with an old cloth and use a wire brush to remove loose rust from around the joint then use the edge of a screwdriver to remove as much old, cracked putty as possible.
Make sure the gutters are firmly supported by their brackets and that the guttering flows down towards the downpipe, with no sags where water can gather.
AUTUMN'S here and it's only a matter of time before the trees start to shed their leaves, so check over your home's guttering now to prevent problems later.