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marns29

Are gutter guards any good? (Cage thing to stop leaves etc getting into gutter/down pipe). I have a gutter frequently blocked by tennis balls from a nursery school next door. Access from the side is difficult to clear regularly and I now have a damp wall problem . (School won’t let you in)

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Rayna Tullett

I've used both mesh guards and 'hedgehogs'. Of the two, the hedgehogs are better at straining out things that would block the gutters.

Be warned that natural debris like leaves will gradually break down small enough to get past any barriers, and that mould can grow anyplace damp with organic material available. You will want to clean out your gutters at least once a year whatever you use. I'd suggest the spiky solution for now, though.

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Rayna Tullett

PS. For the specific of tennis, or ballpond balls, I'd definitely prefer the hedgehog gutter inserts.

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