Guttering is used to efficiently drain water from the roof and prevent problems with damp. Our cast iron gutters had been blocked for literally years before we took over so rainwater, (sometimes in very high volume), had discharged onto external walls and onto the ground. Depending on the ground bearing capacity of certain types of ground under the foundations, this can cause sever severe problems such as subsidence.
We’d acted on this by having the guttering cleared and maintained but one day whilst standing by the central flower beds, I noticed that some water was bouncing from an open window onto my head. On looking up there was a gap in the guttering where the water was coming from.
This led to the whole guttering later being completely replaced with UPVC guttering which is lighter than other materials, making it relatively easy to move into position, and it requires very little maintenance.