The unwanted rainwater that collects on your roof runs down and away from your house via the guttering. However, these same gutters collect moss and dry leaves, as well as develop mould. Additionally, roof slates may be dislodged and become trapped in the gutter. The accumulation of debris will inevitably result in iron gutters rusting or becoming loose and breaking away. Also, if the water cannot freely drain from the gutter during winter, it gradually becomes ice and can cause serious damage, which may even require the replacement of the gutter. More problems can emerge if insects, wasps or nesting birds, build nests among the debris gathered in the gutter.
Why is gutter cleaning Bournville necessary?
A blocked gutter will not operate efficiently, as the accumulated leaves and debris will restrict the flow of water into the down pipes. Inevitably the excess rainwater will spill over the sides of the gutter, onto the walls on the exterior of your property. The need to conduct expensive repairs and painting will become a reality over time, to restore the appearance of your property. A blocked gutter will also require replacement eventually, as it will become damaged. Additionally, as the water in the gutter freezes during winter, the weight will weigh down the gutter, resulting in damage to both the gutter and the roof. In exceptional cases, the weight of the ice can cause the gutters to separate from their fixings and create further damage. By cleaning the gutters on a regular basis, these issues can be avoided.
Be proactive – The most suitable time to clean your gutters
To extend the life of the gutters and to reduce damage, it is essential that the cleaning of the gutters is scheduled, similar to other maintenance tasks in the home. They should be cleaned at least twice per year, at the beginning of spring and autumn. The removal of the leaves will be an easier process at the beginning of autumn, as they are still dry. As precipitation occurs, the rainwater will travel more freely through the gutter, and there will be minimal damage if any at all to the gutter, as the water flows into the downpipe. Without debris entering the downpipe, clogging will be prevented, and you will avoid expensive repairs. In early spring, if the gutters are cleaned, the rainwater will flow freely and allow for the identification of any roof damage that has occurred as a result of winter storms.
The task of gutter cleaning in Birmingham can be very challenging physically and requires the investment of a good amount of time and the cost of a ladder. If you are not inclined to carry out the task of cleaning the gutters yourself, then it is advisable that you contract the services of Noble Clean to perform the job for you.
It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that they maintain their building in a manner that promotes health and safety. Complying with current health and safety laws would be in the best interests of both themselves, their neighbours and passers-by. Once a gutter becomes clogged, there can be unwanted incidents and high costs involved. Gutter cleaning at least twice each year will divert the rainwater into the stormwater drains.
In the maintenance of your property, you should not be concerned only with the interior of your home, but the external areas as well. Preserving the roof over your head provides the security you need and ensures that your home provides shelter and security for your family for several years to come. You need to have the gutters cleaned periodically, and any areas that are not easily accessible inspected on a regular basis.
We are happy to hear from both residential and commercial customers that would benefit from our services. We currently cover the majority of the Bournville area and if you suspect your guttering may be blocked, and you would like us to carry out a recorded inspection before cleaning commences, please contact us. Click here to check the areas we cover in Birmingham. For questions or more information or to book a visit by one of our expert technicians, please call us on 0121 726 1404
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Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham, England, best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate – including a dark chocolate bar branded Bournville. It is also a ward within the council constituency of Selly Oak and home to the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts. Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2003 found that it was “one of the nicest places to live in Britain”.
Originally the area that was to become Bournville consisted of a few scattered farmsteads and cottages, linked by winding country lanes, with the only visual highlight being the Georgian built Bournbrook Hall.
The bluebell glades of Stock Wood were said to be a relic of the Forest of Arden and there are Roman remains nearby.
Though Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves date back to the 14th century or earlier, they were each moved to Bournville in the 20th century, and are operated as a museum.
Having taken over their father John Cadbury’s expanding business in 1861, the Quakers George and Richard Cadbury needed to move their cocoa and chocolate factory from Bridge Street in central Birmingham to a greenfield site to allow for expansion.
Cadbury were reliant on the canals for milk delivery, and on the railways for cocoa deliveries from the ports of London and Southampton. They, therefore, needed a site which was undeveloped and had easy access to both canal and rail. The brothers noticed the proposed development of the Birmingham West Suburban Railway, which would extend from central Birmingham south along the path of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal into the then green fields of southern Birmingham and the villages of northern Worcestershire.
In 1879, they moved their business to Bournbrook Hall, 4 miles (6.4 km) to the south of Birmingham. The location was chosen as it was regarded as cleaner, healthier and more amenable to longer-term expansion plans. Although rural, it was also already serviced by the new Stirchley Street railway station, which itself was located right next to the canal.
The Cadburys named the area ‘Bournville’ after a local river named The Bourn (not to be confused with Bourn Brook, a similarly named local river for which the neighbourhood of Bournbrook is named); with ‘ville’ being French for ‘town’; this set Bournville apart from the local area. Then the Cadburys began to develop their factory in the new suburb. Loyal and hard-working workers were treated with great respect and relatively high wages and good working conditions; Cadbury also pioneered pension schemes, joint works committees and a full staff medical service.
In 1893, George Cadbury bought 120 acres (0.5 km²) of land close to the works and planned, at his own expense, a model village which would ‘alleviate the evils of modern, more cramped living conditions’. By 1900, the estate included 313 cottages and houses set on 330 acres (1.3 km2) of land, and many more similar properties were built in the years leading up to the First World War, with smaller developments taking place later on in the 20th century. These almost ‘Arts and Crafts’ houses were traditional in design but with large gardens and modern interiors, and were designed by the resident architect William Alexander Harvey. These designs became a blueprint for many other model village estates around Britain. It is also noteworthy that, because George Cadbury was a temperance Quaker, no public houses have ever been built in Bournville; however, since the late 1940s, there has been a licensed members’ bar at Rowheath Pavilion.
The Cadburys were particularly concerned with the health and fitness of their workforce, incorporating park and recreation areas into the Bournville village plans and encouraging swimming, walking and indeed all forms of outdoor sports. In the early 1920s, extensive open lands were purchased at Rowheath and laid to football and hockey pitches together with a grassed running track. Rowheath Pavilion was designed and built in accordance with the instructions of George Cadbury and opened in July 1924. At that time, it served as the clubhouse and changing rooms for the acres of sports playing fields, several bowling greens, a fishing lake and an outdoor swimming lido, a natural mineral spring forming the source for the lido’s healthy waters. The Rowheath Pavilion itself, which still exists, was used for balls and dinners and the whole area was specifically for the benefit of the Cadbury workers and their families with no charges for the use of any of the sporting facilities by Cadbury employees or their families. The lido was eventually closed in the 1970s after complaints of noise disturbance were made by residents of the newly built Oak Farm estate, coupled with new and stringent health and safety regulations relating to outdoor public swimming facilities. Cadbury’s also built the Bournville indoor swimming baths on Bournville Lane (separate buildings for ‘girls’ and men), the Valley pool boating lake and the picturesque cricket pitch adjacent to the factory site, that was made famous as the picture on boxes of Milk Tray chocolates throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
In 1900, the Bournville Village Trust was set up to formally control the development of the estate, independently of George Cadbury or the Cadbury company. The trust focused on providing schools, hospitals, museums, public baths and reading rooms. As Bournville is a conservation area, another job of the Bournville Village Trust is to accept or reject plans for building extension and modification.
An almost campus feel evolved, with a triangular village green, infant and junior schools, the School of Art and the Day Continuation School (originally intended for young Cadbury employees) and a host of events such as fêtes and Maypole dances. The carillon and a Quaker meeting house are also beside the village green.
The trust continues to exercise an international influence on housing and town planning generally. Now containing 7,800 homes on 1,000 acres (4 km²) of land with 100 acres (0.4 km²) of parks and open spaces, Bournville remains a popular residential area of Birmingham.
Cadbury is still one of Birmingham’s main employers, making all manner of chocolate products.
The dark chocolate Bournville Plain is now manufactured in France and sold in the UK.
Cadbury also named their brand of malted drinks Bournvita after Bournville.