Gutter Balloon

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Barryy, May 18, 2014.

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  1. Barryy

    Barryy Member
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    Anyone any experience in using these? Downpipe Balloon.jpg I do a lot of gutter cleaning and was thinking of offering them to custies for an additional charge. Are they effective? Thanks.
     
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  2. TolishAPurd

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    Yep. Those particular ones in the pic are actually very good too.
     
  3. cheapncheerful

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    good idea Barryy..can save a lot of hassle as they keep all the muck from catching and blocking the downspouts....and whos stupid idea was it to start putting a screw through the downspout to hold it in place as the sharp end just starts the clogging up process quicker...and seen it a lot on water butts / diverters as well so sell it as an essential item...which it is...:)
     
  4. Smurf

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    No good if the roof is covered in moss as will soon block that ballon as I found out last week as only cleared the gutters last month. The side I had put a ballon in that gutter was overflowing again so cleared the blockage from around the ballon and was asked to take it out.

    I will put them in if ppl ask but also tell them it's a catch-twenty-two as will help prevent the downspout bends getting blocked but may cause the gutters to get blocked quicker using a ballon in the downspout.
     
  5. WWC

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    I offer them too. For some people they are a good idea. Like people with screws through their down pipe joints and those who get a lot of leaves and such like.
     
  6. cheapncheerful

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    yes smurf i have a bit of a moss situation on my house cant believe it can come that fast...its maybe twice a year i have to do my own....and i get naff all money for it...the wife wouldnt even notice if the water was like niagra falls...:)
     
  7. TolishAPurd

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    Soundsto me like the balloon did its job. Better to have a blocked gutter then a blocked drain. ...for us at least anyway. :D
     
  8. cheapncheerful

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    yeh would we be getting these from screwfix/toolstation? more stuff for my boot...:)
     
  9. TolishAPurd

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    My local plumbing merchant sells them, but you can pick them up off ebay for a reasonable price too.
     
  10. WWC

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    As well as the places mentioned, they can be bought from B&Q. Off the shelf, they are a little more expensive than Screwfix, but the price comes down with a trade card.
     
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