Clearing out clogged gutters is one of those household chores we all hate, but ever wondered where all the ‘stuff’ has come from? High’N’Dry, the company behind the award-winning Hedgehog Gutter Brush, can reveal some of the typical items found in homeowners gutters.
Unsurprisingly much of the clog was from decomposing leaves and twigs from nearby trees, plus grit from roof tiles. But along with this sludge, High’N’Dry also found feathers, bird droppings, nests, dead animals, food wrappers, plastic bags, and even small toys, shuttle cocks, tennis balls and the odd trowel and burnt out remains of a Chinese lantern.
Leo Martino, Managing Director at High’N’Dry believes this wet autumn and winter could put an increased burden on gutters. He explains, “More homes are damaged each year from gutter problems than from any other water related source. For most people, a property is their most valuable asset, so it makes sense to protect it from rainwater. It is recommended by the Building Research Establishment that gutters are inspected and cleared at least once a year, and ideally, we believe twice. The range of items found in the gutters we analysed was incredible. ”
He continued, “Excess weight caused by a build-up of debris and trapped water puts a huge strain on a guttering system and can even be worse than no guttering at all because water can overflow or leak in one place rather than evenly along the roof. Clogged gutters not only cause damage to fascias, eves, brickwork, pointing, and paintwork, but are, quite surprisingly, one of the major causes of damp in basements.
“There is also the danger of an insurance company not paying up for water damage caused from poorly maintained guttering,” warned Leo.
The Hedgehog Gutter Brush is a simple, but effective solution to solve the problem of debris and leaves building up in gutters. For an average sized property the cost to fit the Hedgehog brushes to the guttering is less than £100. When you consider that some homeowners pay more than that each year to have their gutters professionally cleaned out, it’s obvious that installing Hedgehog brushes makes sound economical sense.
The award-winning Hedgehog Gutter Brush is easy to install, taking just minutes to fit, and doesn’t require any specialist installation. The cost-effective product is 100mm in diameter with each brush four metres long as standard and fits the majority of normal household gutters, adapting automatically to fit around corners and down pipe outlets. It is manufactured using polypropylene bristles treated with a specially developed UV resistant protective coating woven around a stainless steel spine. Despite carrying a 10-year manufacturer’s guarantee, Hedgehog is virtually indestructible and maintenance free.
The British-made Hedgehog Gutter Brush has won several prestigious DIY awards. Named as the ‘Most Innovative Product’ in the Brico & Habitat Exhibition, held in Paris recently, and a silver award winner at both DIY Week’s ‘Product of the Year’ Awards 2010 and Totally DIY Show Stoppers Award, the Hedgehog Gutter Brush is creating a real buzz in the home improvement industry.
The Hedgehog Gutter Brush is available nationally through local stockists. A list of retailers is available on www.hedgehoggutterbrush.com. There are a number of great introductory offers including ‘buy four get fifth Hedgehog free’ running at selected stockists.