By Nick

January 31, 2021

gutter inspections, roof and gutter inspection, roof inspections, roof surveys

Drone Roof and Gutter Inspection in Dorset and Southern UK 

Roof surveys aren't just good for seeking out broken or loose tiles. Blocked gutters can lead to expensive problems down the line

Blocked Guttering with Moss and Weeds

What damage could a blocked gutter do?

Blocked gutters in any building can potentially rot fascia boards. This would make it easier for water to enter your property and cause extensive damage. That damage could result in windows, ceilings and walls needing to be redecorated or repaired. More serious water damage could affect the interior structural integrity of your home leading to thousands of £££'s worth of repairs needed (worst cases).

The image above was taken as part of a roof survey and gutter inspection for a local council. You can clearly see that many areas on just this small section of roof need attention. There were no broken or loose tiles on the entire roof but the vegetation growth in the guttering was extensive.

You can see in the image below that due to the blockages, rainwater cannot escape via the drainpipes and therefore settles in the gutter which is where problems can begin,

Drone Survey Finds Standing Water in Gutters Due to Blockage

Do you have moss and weeds growing in your gutters?

It is very difficult to tell from the ground, especially on larger buildings. The first sign of a bloacked gutter could be water leaking over the edge. In a worst case scenario, it could be damp patches appearing on your inner walls.

The images below show even more moss and weeds growing in the gutters of this one building.

Drone Roof and Gutter Inspection
Gutter Inspection - Vegetation Growth in Roof Guttering
Moss and Weeds Blocking Gutters
Gutter Inspection - Broken or Damaged Guttering

So how can we help?

A professional roof survey and gutter inspection using a drone will clearly highlight these areas quickly and efficiently. Most small properties (your home for example), only takes around half an hour to shoot from start to finish.

I deliver the high resolution images via DropBox the same day in most cases. As I am editing the photos, I am always on the lookout for potential issues. Whatever I find, I will highlight for you as in the above photos.

If you would like a drone roof and gutter inspection or survey of your property, please get in touch and I will get right back to you.

Note re: Roof and gutter inspection


To ensure a safe flight for everyone, including your neighbours, we will only fly when conditions permit. This means winds below a certain speed and no rain. Sun isn't important so overcast days are fine. We also carry out all safety checks and risk assessments as well as contacting the local police to let them know of the flight. This will prevent unnecessary visits due to concerned neighbours calling them.

About the author

Nick Stubbs is a professional photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot with over 35 years experience in the imaging business. Still as passionate about his work as he was aged 13. Married with two kids and living in the beautiful town of Weymouth in Dorset.

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