not cleared leaves yet, now is your last chance
As the leaves begin to fall, businesses of every size are faced with the annual challenge of leaf accumulation on their premises. Those red, brown and yellow tones of Autumn may look stunning and evoke dreamy thoughts of stirring family walks and mulled wine, but for business, falling leaves clog drains, leading to water damage and flooding, and accumulate on paths, car parks, and other areas, posing a slip and fall hazard. Fallen leaves also attract pests and block gutters.
For businesses that don’t have the manpower to handle the routine annual drudge task of leaf clearance, hiring a team in from us for a quick leaf clear now is an obvious solution. Our reactive asset maintenance division provides one off leaf clearance services for businesses of all sizes and has the manpower and apparatus available nationally to meet your specific needs, whatever they may be.
One of the more problematic and expensive consequences of unchecked leaves is their potential to block drains. As they gather in drainage systems, water flow is impeded, leading to water accumulation. This, in turn, can cause flooding, facility damage, and structural issues for businesses.
The consequences of blocked drains are far-reaching. Stagnant water can pool around buildings, causing damage to foundations and landscaping. A heavy rainstorm combined with blocked drains resulted in water pooling around a business entrance, causing damage to the building’s foundation and posing a safety risk.
What we are increasingly seeing is heavy autumn rainfalls which overwhelms blocked drains, leading to flash flooding. This causes property damage. In fact, with the UK’s climate changing to create ever more rain in autumn, this hidden problem is only set to increase in years to come.
Leaves and Slips and Trips
One of the most visible risks posed by fallen leaves is their tendency to make surfaces slippery. When wet, they become particularly hazardous, transforming concrete paths, car parks and other areas into slippery walkways. This can lead to a spike in slips and trips, resulting in minor injuries or even serious accidents.
Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work and make up over a third of all major injuries. Over 10,000 workers suffered serious injury because of a slip or trip in 2022. 95% of major slips result in broken bones.
Leaves and Blocked Gutters
Autumn is also closely associated with the increase we see in callouts for blocked gutters. Blocked gutters will lead to a cascade of problems, ending with water damage to the building’s structure. As leaves accumulate in gutters, water is unable to flow freely, causing overflow. This excess water can infiltrate walls, ceilings, and foundations, resulting in structural issues that may require extensive and costly repairs.
Blocked gutters tend to be an awkward, tedious job to fix, requiring agile labour comfortable in working at height using long double or triple ladders. Much easier to call out a company such as ours which has the apparatus and manpower available already.
Scheduling Leaf Clearance Services
We offer a solid one off leaf clear service tailored to your specific needs. Our professional service ensure that leaves are efficiently and thoroughly removed, mitigating the risks associated with slips, trips, blocked gutters and drains, and pest attraction. We employ state-of-the-art equipment, including blowers, sweepers, and vacuums, to systematically clear leaves from your outdoor estate, and use recycling and waste disposal services to bolster your green credentials. Our services extend beyond leaf clearance to include drain inspections and regular drainage maintenance, preventing blockages and ensuring proper water flow.
Timing is crucial when it comes to leaf clearance. Ideally, businesses should schedule these services in the late autumn or early winter months when they have fallen but before adverse weather conditions set in. Regular maintenance throughout the season may also be necessary for properties with heavy foliage.
Schedule a Leaf Clearance
Leaf clearance takes place during the autumn season and includes the clearance, collection and removal of leaf debris from lawns, footpaths, car parks and gutters if so required.
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