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Keep These Ladder Safety Tips in Mind When Cleaning Gutters

April 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Cleaning Gutters on LadderGetting ready to do some spring gutter cleaning? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll need to use a ladder. But before you climb a ladder to clean your gutters, there are a few basic safety guidelines you should keep in mind to prevent accidents and injuries.

Stay off the ladder when you don’t feel well or when the weather is bad.

If you’re tired or dizzy on the day you plan to clean out your gutters, you should consider postponing the job for another day. You may be more susceptible to losing your balance and falling off the ladder when you’re not feeling well. You should also stay off the ladder whenever it’s windy or stormy outside; accidents are more likely to happen in inclement weather.

Wear slip-resistant shoes.

It’s also important to be mindful of your choice of footwear when climbing a ladder. You should never wear sandals, unlaced sneakers or any shoes with slippery bottoms. It’s best to wear a pair of sneakers with soles that are advertised as being slip-resistant. This will help you maintain a secure footing as you move up and down the ladder.

Inspect your ladder for signs of wear and tear.

Make sure your ladder is in good working order before cleaning out your gutters. Inspect all of its joints and moving parts to make sure they’re securely in place. You should also check the ladder’s weight restrictions to make sure it can support the weight of both you and your cleaning equipment.

Place your ladder on firm, level ground.

The condition of the ground you place your ladder on is just as important as the condition of the ladder itself. The ground supporting your ladder should firm, level and dry. You should also recruit a friend or family member to stand at the bottom of the ladder and keep an eye out for signs of trouble as you climb.

If you’re tired of cleaning debris out of your gutters every spring and fall, you might want to consider investing in gutter guards as well! To learn more about how gutter guards can help keep twigs, leaves and other refuse out of your gutters, give us a call or contact us online today!

Getting Your Gutters Ready for Spring

March 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Rainy DayIt might not feel like it with all the snow we’ve had lately, but spring weather will be here before we know it. Those famous April showers can make spring a particularly demanding time of year for your gutter system, so it’s important to make sure your gutters are in good shape before the rainy season sets in. Let’s start by looking for signs of damage left over from the winter.

Inspect for Damage

Snow and ice is very heavy, so keep an eye out for gutter sections that might have gotten weighed down and pulled away from their fascia boards during the winter. Look for gutter brackets that might be rusted or broken as well. Minor gutter damage can often be repaired with a few new brackets and screws, but more extensive damage may require you to replace the affected gutter sections.

Redirect Downspouts

Your gutters won’t do much good if their downspouts aren’t functioning properly. Make sure all downspouts are still securely fasted to your gutters and pointed away from your home’s foundation. Ideally, all your downspouts should discharge on a downward slope at least six feet away from your foundation. If your home is on a septic system, try to avoid discharging water into your drain field, as this can cause flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.

Clear Debris

Finally, spring is a great time to clear any debris out of your gutters that might have accumulated during the fall and winter. While you’re cleaning out your gutters, look for any signs of roof damage that might need to be repaired in the near future as well. This way, you won’t have to worry about leaks causing water damage in your home this spring.

How to Tell When It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

March 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

Rusted GuttersWhen your gutters are functioning properly, it can be easy to forget about them altogether. Once an aging gutter system falls into disrepair, however, it can be hard to ignore. You may notice unsightly mildew growing on your gutters, or find broken fasteners lying on the ground below the eaves of your home. But these aren’t the only indications of a gutter system that needs to be replaced. Today we’ll look at a few more tell-tale signs that it’s time to invest in new gutters for your home.

Water Damage Beneath Your gutters

Is the siding below your gutters getting streaked with mold and mildew? Do the fascia boards behind the gutters appear to be rotting? These are signs that your gutters are leaking and/or overflowing during rain storms. If you spot water damage around your gutters, inspect them closely for cracks, holes and rust.

Bent, Sagging Gutter Sections

If the fascia boards behind your gutters are rotting, the gutters may begin to sag and pull away from your home’s roof. This problem can be exacerbated by ice dams and impact damage from tree limbs and other debris. You can try to reinforce your old gutters with new fasteners, but sooner or later they will need to be replaced.

Erosion in Your Landscaping

If you notice little gullies forming in the flowerbeds next to your house, there’s a good chance your gutters aren’t doing their job. Ideally, your gutters should divert water away from your home to prevent this type of erosion.

Water Pooling Around Your Foundation

If you notice erosion in your flowerbeds, you may also see water pooling around your home’s foundation. Over time, this moisture buildup can cause the foundation to crack and crumble. With this in mind, it’s important to have the problem remedied sooner rather than later.

Are your old gutters in need of a replacement? Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more about how a modern seamless gutter system can help!

How to Get Ready for a New Gutter Installation

February 26th, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter InstallationA new gutter system can ensure that rainwater drains safely away from your roof, protecting your home or office from water damage during storms. But before you get your new gutter system, it’s important to prepare your home for the installation process.

Inspect Soffits and Fascia

Once your old gutters have been removed, take this opportunity to inspect your home’s soffits and fascia boards for signs of mold, mildew and rotting wood. If you identify any of these issues, have them repaired before your new gutters are installed. This will maximize the lifespan of your new gutter system and prevent isolated sections of rotting wood from becoming more widespread in the future.

Repaint and Rebuild

After your existing gutter system is removed, you’ll probably notice some chipped paint and general wear and tear at the edge of your roof. It’s a good idea to repaint these areas before the new gutters are installed to make sure they’re properly sealed against moisture. You can also replace any missing or damaged siding at this point, too.

Assess Drainage

This is the most important step in gutter installation prep: make sure you know where that rainwater is going. A new gutter system won’t do you much good if it isn’t tailored to the unique drainage conditions around your home. Our gutter installers can work with you to identify potential drainage issues and resolve them before you get your new gutters. This way, you can be confident in their ability to effectively drain water away from your home.

Interested in replacing your home’s old gutter system with modern seamless gutters? Give us a call or contact us online to request your estimate today!

Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water Damage

January 31st, 2018 | No Comments »

Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water DamageDid you know that nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners have suffered monetary losses due to water damage? Every year, claims related to mold and water damage cost insurance companies more than $2 billion. The average cost of each water damage insurance claim is about $7,000.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly expenses associated with owning a home.

With these troubling statistics in mind, it’s important for homeowners to do whatever they can to prevent moisture intrusions from damaging basements, foundations, drywall and more. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your plumbing system, though.

In fact, a little gutter maintenance can go a long way.

Your gutter system isn’t just an attractive accessory for your home’s roof. It also serves an important practical purpose, diverting rainwater away from your home so that it can’t stain siding and pool around the foundation. When gutters become clogged with debris, they cease to function effectively. This, in turn, can cause siding and foundations to wear prematurely due to increased moisture exposure.

By cleaning out your gutters in the fall and spring, and making sure your downspouts discharge far away from your home’s foundation, you can easily prevent at least one common cause of water damage. This is also a great opportunity to inspect your gutters for signs of damage. If you spot any sagging or leaky gutter sections, we can repair them quickly to ensure they continue to serve you well.

If you have any other lingering questions about your gutter system, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!