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How Ice Dams Can Damage Your Gutters

October 15th, 2019 | No Comments »

Ice Dams and Gutters The wintertime can really take a toll on your home’s roof. It can also put a huge strain on your gutters if you’re not careful. It’s not uncommon for ice dams to form on the edges of roofs when the heat inside of an attic causes snow to melt and trickle down towards the gutters. Before the melted snow is able to reach the gutters, it will often refreeze and form ice dams. Here’s how those ice dams can do damage to your gutters.

Adds weight to your gutters and puts them at risk of falling off your home

Ice dams are known to form right on the edges of roofs, which puts them in close proximity to your gutters. As they get larger and larger, it’s not uncommon for ice dams to lean right on your gutters and put a lot of pressure on them. This can cause your gutters to crack. It can also apply so much pressure that your gutters fall right off your home.

Stops rainwater from working its way towards your downspouts

In the event that ice dams form anywhere near your downspouts, they could prevent rainwater from being able to go down them. When this happens, rainwater will back up in your gutters often times and spill out over the sides of them. This could put your home’s foundation at risk. It could also lead to problems with your gutters since they’ll be filled with rainwater all the time. They may leak, crack, or break when your downspouts aren’t accessible.

Leads to additional ice and icicles forming on your gutters over time

If you don’t do anything about ice dams, they’ll usually get worse before they get better. A small ice dam can accumulate even more ice and cause icicles to form on the side of your home. This will increase the chances of your gutters getting damaged. It’s why you need to make it a point to remove ice dams ASAP and find ways to stop them from forming in the first place.

Have ice dams done damage to your home’s gutters? Bell Seamless Gutters can provide you with brand-new gutters and talk to you about how to prevent ice dams from damaging them once they’re in place. Call us at 800-597-1616 to speak with someone about our gutter systems.

Here’s Why Homes With Slab Foundations Still Need Gutters

September 16th, 2019 | No Comments »

Rambler HouseSome homeowners with concrete slab foundations think they don’t need gutters, since they don’t have a basement to keep dry. In fact, however, this isn’t true: homes with slab foundations still need gutters as much as any other home.

One of the main reasons why is that having no gutters (or poorly-installed gutters) can lead to cracks forming in the foundation. All types of foundations, including slabs, are susceptible to cracking when exposed to excess moisture. If left unchecked, a severely cracked foundation can ultimately compromise the structural integrity of your home.

Here’s how a lack of gutters can contribute to cracks and water damage in slab foundations:

  • During rainstorms, water will pool on and around your concrete foundation. Continued exposure to water can wear down the concrete and lead to cracking. Moreover, moisture buildup around your slab foundation will cause the ground to become soft, reducing the structural soundness of the foundation.
  • Without gutters, water will cause a concrete slab foundation to expand and contract more often, putting it at greater risk of cracks. The less water you have around your foundation, the more consistent the soil’s temperature and moisture levels will be. This consistency will reduce the likelihood and severity of foundation cracks.
  • If the concrete does crack, additional water accumulating around your home’s foundation will enter into the cracks, further compromising its integrity.

What’s more, rain runoff accumulating near your slab foundation can damage your lawn and cause the soil to erode more quickly.

Regardless of what type of foundation your home has, moisture control is important. A modern, effective seamless gutter system will help protect your home by channeling rainwater safely away from your foundation. To learn more, feel free to give the team at Bell Seamless Gutters a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

A Brief History of Residential Rain Gutters

August 14th, 2019 | No Comments »

GargoyleEver wonder how long people have been using rain gutters in their homes, and what kinds of materials have been used in gutters throughout history?

Today we’ll address a few landmark events in the long history of residential rain gutters.

It all started in the Indus Valley, in what is present-day Pakistan and northwestern India. Between 3000 and 1500 B.C., humans began constructing primitive rain gutters made of burnt clay bricks. Centuries later, between 27 B.C. and 14 A.D. the Romans began to develop basic gutter technology as well.

A major change took place in Britain, during the spread of the Norman Empire between the 10th and 13th centuries. You’ve probably seen gargoyles in photos of medieval European buildings, but did you know that these sculptures aren’t purely decorative? Evolving roof styles during this period led builders to use stone gargoyles as innovative gutter systems that discharge water through their mouths. In fact, the word gargoyle is derived from the older French word for a throat, gargouille.

Later builders manufactured gutters from lead. That changed in the early 1700s, when cast iron became plentiful and cheap, replacing lead as the most popular material in gutter fabrication. Later in the century, wealthy homes and public buildings began to use aesthetically pleasing and functional wooden V-shaped gutters instead.

New technologies in the 20th century, such as metal rolling machines, led to further changes in the gutter industry. In the 1960s, the seamless aluminum gutter machine was invented. Aluminum gutters are sturdier and lighter than gutters made from many other materials, and aluminum continues to be the most common gutter material today. 

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we’re proud to offer durable, long-lasting seamless gutters and gutter guards to homeowners throughout New Jersey. To learn more about all the gutter options we have available, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Practical Benefits of Rainwater Collection Systems

July 12th, 2019 | No Comments »

rainwater collectionA simple rainwater collection system offers numerous practical benefits. Not only will you save money and help protect the environment, your plants will also thank you. Read on to learn more:

Reduce Your Water Bill

During the summer months, garden and lawn irrigation accounts for about 40 percent of residential water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With a rainwater collection system, you can effectively water your lawn for free! Not only will you be saving cash, you’ll also be easing the burden on your well or municipal water supply. By using collected rainwater, you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season.

Prevent Environmentally-Harmful Runoff

Rainwater runoff from roofs is a major environmental problem in urban and suburban areas. This runoff can pollute waterways with pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants. Fertilizers increase the presence of harmful algae in lakes, and soil from runoff harmfully alters the habitat of fish. Reduce runoff on your property by using a rainwater collection system.

Stop Your Yard From Eroding

Runoff doesn’t just harm the environment—it can also affect your yard. If you have an erosion problem on a section of your lawn adjacent to a downspout, adding a rain barrel will help.

Help Your Plants Grow

Rainwater doesn’t contain the fluoride compounds and inorganic ions commonly found in tap water. By using rainwater to irrigate your garden, you’ll help clear the soil of salt buildup and create an environment conducive to healthy root development.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can implement a modern, convenient rainwater collection system into your existing gutter system. To learn more, feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

How to Quiet Noisy Downspouts and Gutters

June 25th, 2019 | No Comments »

Water From DownspoutIf you’ve ever lost sleep to the irritating drip-drip-drip of water in your downspouts and gutters, you might be looking for inexpensive ways to keep them quiet during heavy rainstorms. The good news is, there are a few simple strategies you can use to muffle the sound from gutters and downspouts so you can sleep soundly through those warm summer storms.

Replace Metal Elbows With PVC

Metal elbows can actually amplify the trickling and dripping sounds of water. PVC will help reduce the echo and mitigate this noise.

Check for Loose Downspout Straps

What’s just as annoying as dripping water? Rattling downspouts! Check to make sure none of your home’s downspout straps are loose.

Absorb the Water

Placing a piece of sponge or artificial turf in the bottom of a downspout will absorb drips and reduce noise.

Change the Downspout Angle

Angling the ends of your downspouts further away from the house will help water flow seamlessly down without dripping and splashing.

Muffle the Noise

Try wrapping foam insulators around your downspouts to muffle the sound of dripping water. Insulation will minimize surface vibrations and lessen the noise.

Try the Rope Trick

Grab some caulk and some 3/8-inch diameter nylon or poly rope. Caulk around the gutter drain and run the rope down the entire length of your downspouts. This will cause the water to wick down the rope instead of making that dreaded dripping noise when it hits the elbow.

Call the Pros

So you’ve tried all of the above and you’re still lying awake at night listening to the sounds of dripping water. Call Bell Seamless Gutters at (800) 597-1616 or contact us online today for a free estimate to help solve your problem. Serving New Jersey since 1956, Bell Seamless Gutters has helped countless homeowners with comprehensive gutter installation and repair.