Downpipes are very common in older buildings. Also known as a waterspout, it’s a pipe that drains water from your guttering system to a drain in the ground. If water begins backing up into the gutter, the downpipe is likely blocked. Overflowing rainfall is also a telltale sign the downpipe requires gutter maintenance to unblock it.

Spotting downpipe blockages fast is crucial. When water is allowed to stand in downpipes, during spells of cold weather it can freeze and cause the pipe to split. If this happens, it’s very expensive to repair. This is why regular gutter health checks are a smart investment in the long-term.