Expert gutter clearing with less risk

Drainage specialists Metro Rod are urging university facilities managers to prepare for autumn, by using Metro Vac

Drainage specialists Metro Rod are urging university facilities managers to prepare for autumn, by using Metro Vac to take the hassle out of the arduous task of gutter clearing.

There’s no denying that those in charge of university campuses have a big task on their hands when it comes to maintaining guttering. Often, a single campus can feature hundreds of feet of guttering, meaning that keeping them clear from debris can be very hard work.

Metro Vac is a service offered by national drainage specialist Metro Rod, which aims to take the hassle and risk out of maintaining guttering.

Health and safety is a key consideration for businesses when performing works at height. This is one of the largest risks in business today and working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and serious injury in British industry. Metro Vac allows a skilled engineer to reach gutters up to 10 metres high, often getting rid of the need for scaffolding, ladders or other high access equipment.

Even at this distance, the vacuum system can be used with precision, with on-board camera sending a live video feed to the screen at ground level. This makes the system easy to control and means the engineer can thoroughly clean the gutters, even over hard to reach areas such as conservatories, whilst keeping their feet firmly on the floor!

Due to the Metro Vac’s design, it can easily be maneuvered around site, meaning the job is performed quickly, with minimal disruption to campus life. Its useful wet and dry vacuum technology also means that no mess is created.

A spokesperson for Metro Vac said, “Maintaining guttering can be a difficult task for those who look after multiple buildings. Autumn can be a particularly tricky time, when fallen leaves block gutters and cause problems, making a mess and making your guttering perform badly. The Metro Vac service can offer customers a great solution to this problem, providing a quick, simple and less risky way of clearing gutters. We have received great feedback on this service from facilities manager and would urge university managers to consider this service as part of their ongoing maintenance.”

If you are interested to learn more about how you can use Metro Vac at your campus, visit or call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 66 88 00

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