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Tiger Stripe Gutter Stains: Causes and Removal Tips

January 7th, 2019 | No Comments »

Cleaning Old GuttersDo the gutters on your home have unsightly vertical streaks running down them? These stains are commonly known as tiger stripes, and they are often caused by some combination of tree sap, chimney fumes and environmental pollution.

Removing tiger stripes from your gutters may be challenging, but they can be cleaned effectively if you’re willing to put in the time and work. Here are a few tips that will help you make those streaks a thing of the past.

Start by using a non-abrasive detergent cleaner.

The first thing to do when you notice tiger stripes on your gutters is attempt to clean them with a non-abrasive detergent cleaner. There are a number of companies that manufacture cleaning products designed specifically for gutters. These products can usually help you eliminate tiger streaks right away as long as they haven’t built up on your gutters over the course of many years.

Try a heavy-duty cleaner for tough tiger streaks.

In cases where tiger stripes have had more time to develop, a non-abrasive cleaner may not be powerful enough to remove them completely. In that case, you’ll need to try using something that packs a bit more of a punch. A cleaning product like Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner might just do the trick.

Avoid cleaning your gutters with anything that might damage them.

You may have to get creative to remove tiger stripes from your gutters, but you shouldn’t use anything that might damage them in the process. Avoid ammonia, paint removers or anything that has potentially-harmful solvents in it, for example. You should also use soft brush or a cloth rather than metal brushes to avoid scratching your gutters while cleaning them.

If you’re tired of trying to restore your dingy old gutters, we can help you replace them with modern, durable seamless gutters that will improve your home’s curb appeal and look great for many years to come. Give us a call or contact us online to get started today!

Are Your Gutters Properly Pitched?

November 28th, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter Installation Residential gutters might seem like fairly simple pieces of hardware, but if they’re not installed correctly they may not be able to effectively discharge water away from your home. This is because gutters must be pitched slightly toward their downspouts to ensure rainwater is able to flow freely without getting trapped along the way. As a general rule of thumb, your gutters should slope down from their peak at least one quarter inch for every 10 feet of gutter.

So how can you tell if your gutters are properly pitched?

An easy way to make sure water is flowing through your downspouts is to inspect your gutters following a rainstorm. If you can see any standing water in your gutters and it’s not being blocked by debris or other obstructions, the pitch of the gutters is likely too shallow.

In some cases, you may be able to correct isolated gutter pitch issues by gently bending the gutter hanger in the affected area to allow water to drain into the downspout. If the pitch problems are more widespread, however, you may need to have your gutters rehung by a professional installer.

If your gutters were originally hung by professionals and have been properly maintained, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about pitch problems unless they’re damaged by something like a falling tree limb. You’re also less likely to encounter pitch problems with seamless gutters because they must be custom cut to suit the unique dimensions of your home.

Interested in learning more about all the benefits of modern seamless gutter systems? Give us a call or contact us online to speak with a representative at Bell Seamless Gutters today!

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Water Damage to Your Foundation

October 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Foundation Water DamageHave you noticed new cracks developing in your home’s foundation? Although a number of different factors can contribute to these cracks, one of the most common causes of a cracked foundation is water damage. If your downspouts don’t discharge rainwater far enough from your home, it can pool around the foundation and cause damage that is expensive and difficult to repair. Learn more about how to spot signs of water damage on your foundation below!

Discoloration on Basement Walls

When water seeps through your foundation, it can cause discoloration on interior basement walls. If you notice water streaks and spots appearing on the walls of your basement, it could be because they’ve become saturated with moisture from outside.

Musty Odors

Does your basement have an unpleasant smell that just won’t go away? Does it seem to get more noticeable on rainy days? These musty odors are another common sign of moisture-related issues in basements. Installing a dehumidifier can help, but you should also make sure your downspouts are unclogged and oriented in a direction that carries rainwater safely away from the foundation.

Mold Growth

If rainwater is pooling around your foundation, those musty odors in your basement may be accompanied by mold growth, too. If you spot dark patches of mold growing in damp corners of your basement, you could have a budding moisture problem on your hands.

If your gutters and downspouts are failing to protect your home from water damage, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters would be happy to lend hand. Our custom seamless gutter systems offer an attractive, low-maintenance and efficient way to divert rainwater away from your home. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more today!

How to Prevent Birds From Nesting in Your Gutters

October 3rd, 2018 | No Comments »

Bird in GutterLeaves aren’t the only things that might be clogging your gutters this time of year. If you live in an area with lots of wildlife, you may find the remnants of a few birds’ nests blocking the flow of water through your gutters as well. The good news is, there are a few simple, humane tactics you can employ to dissuade birds from nesting in your gutters.

Use a Decoy

Birds will be far less likely to take up residence in your gutters if they see a predator lurking nearby. Placing an owl decoy or an inflatable snake in a conspicuous place can give birds enough of a scare to make them thing twice about nesting in your gutters. The only downside to this strategy is that the birds may eventually realize that the predators are fake.

Try an Ultrasonic Repellent

Ultrasonic repellents are small electronic devices that emit high-frequency sounds to keep birds, mice and other common pests at bay. Although the high-frequency sounds they emit are unpleasant for small animals, they are undetectable to the human ear. If you have pets that spend time in your yard, however, you may not want to expose them to the sound of an ultrasonic repellent.

Install Gutter Guards

Perhaps the most straightforward and effective way to keep birds out of your gutters is to install gutter guards. A good set of gutter guards will not only prevent birds from nesting in your gutters, but also prevent leaves and twigs from falling into them as well. This way, you won’t have to clean debris out of your gutters nearly as often as you do now.

To learn more about the high-quality gutter guards we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Common Causes of Overflowing Gutters

August 27th, 2018 | No Comments »

Heavy RainHave you noticed that your gutters occasionally overflow during periods of heavy rain? If so, it could be because your area was simply subjected to too much rain for your gutters to handle. Every now and then, a torrential downpour may overwhelm your home’s gutter system and make it hard for it to keep up. If your gutters are regularly overflowing, however, you could have another problem on your hands.

You don’t have enough downspouts

If you find that your gutters seem to overflow every time it rains, it could be an indication that you don’t have enough downspouts to discharge water away from your home. If rainwater can’t escape through your downspouts, it will start to pour out of your gutters instead. Adding new downspouts can increase the total volume of water your gutter system is able to handle.

Your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris.

If you don’t maintain your gutters and clean them out at least once or twice a year, leaves, dirt and other debris can accumulate in them and block the flow of water. Ultimately, these clogs can send water pouring out over the sides of your gutters when it rains. Keeping your gutters clean and clog-free is a great way to prevent them from overflowing in the future.

Your downspouts have something stuck in them.

If your gutters are all clear but they’re still overflowing when it rains, it could be a sign of clogged downspouts. Leaves and dirt can build up inside your downspouts and render them useless, too. The good news is, you can easily test your downspouts with a hose and then clear them out accordingly.

Having trouble keeping debris out of your gutters and downspouts? Gutter guards can help by blocking this debris and keeping your gutters clear all season long. Give us a call at our toll-free number today to learn more!