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How to Protect Your Garden from Stormwater Runoff

April 26th, 2021 | No Comments »

Plants need water to grow, but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. A proper gutter system will have a downspout for stormwater runoff. However, if you have a garden in this exact same spot, then your precious flowers will be flooded and eventually die. So, what can you do to protect your garden from stormwater runoff? Here are a few tips:

Install downspout extendersHow to Protect Your Garden from Stormwater Runoff

Downspout extenders are exactly as they sound. They can be attached to your current downspouts to extend them further away from their current place. As such, they help force the stormwater moving through your downspout further away from your garden bed.

Use a rainwater collection system

Rainwater collection systems take the water that moves through your gutters and stores it for later use. Not only will this protect your garden from being flooded during a harsh storm, but it will also save you money on your water bills. Plus, rainwater (when it’s not flooding your garden) is more beneficial to plants than groundwater. This is because rainwater has fewer pollutants, making your plants healthier in the long run.

Remove pavement from around the garden

Pavement can worsen flooding, as it prevents water from seeping into the ground. If you have a concrete path or sidewalk along your garden bed, consider replacing it with stone, gravel, or wood chips. These allow water to flow into the ground more easily than with concrete.

If you’re looking to make changes to your gutter system, contact Bell Seamless Gutters today to get started!

How to Keep Mosquitoes Out of Your Gutters

March 29th, 2021 | No Comments »

Mosquito at SunsetNothing will ruin your backyard barbecue quite like a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. The bites from these insects are not only unpleasant; they can pose significant threats to your health as well. 

When gutters aren’t properly cleaned and maintained, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Thankfully, there are ways for you to keep mosquitoes out of your gutters. Read on to learn more:

 

Clean out your gutters

Standing water and decaying leaves are sure to attract mosquitoes. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to clean your gutters thoroughly at least once before peak mosquito season. Remove any accumulated debris that might cause clogs and spray the inside of the gutters with a garden hose to make sure water can flow freely through the downspouts.

Inspect your gutters for signs of clogs

If you live in a densely-wooded area, your gutters may be prone to clogging. Be sure to inspect your gutters once every couple of weeks for signs of clogs. Then, clear out any debris that might cause water to pool at the bottom of the gutters.

Install gutter guards

If mosquitoes have been a problem for you in the past, you should also install gutter guards. These gutter accessories are designed to keep leaves, sticks, and other debris from falling into your gutters, thereby preventing the clogs and moisture buildup that attract mosquitoes.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we offer Leaftech gutter guards on all our gutter installations. These handy add-ons are an ideal solution for homeowners who have struggled to keep mosquitoes out of their gutters in the past. To learn more, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today.

Spring Exterior Home Maintenance 

February 23rd, 2021 | No Comments »

Spring is on the horizon. So, when the snow melts and the sun starts to shine, it becomes a good time to do some maintenance on your home’s exterior. Debris and dirt that accumulated over the winter should be removed to prepare for the upcoming warmer months. 

Here is a quick checklist for maintaining your home this spring: Spring Exterior Home Maintenance

Tend to The Lawn 

Mow your lawn and check for any dry or sparse patches. Be sure to mow your lawn in multiple directions to ensure an even cut on all sides. Afterwards, you can tend to areas that need water, fertilizer, and seeds if necessary. 

Clean the Porch/ Deck 

Remove any leaves, stray grass, and overgrown weeds surrounding your porch or deck. If you have furniture, remove them and then wash down the porch and deck with your garden hose. If possible, use the highest water setting to blast away any stuck-on dirt. Wash the furniture before putting them back on the porch . 

Wash Windows 

You probably haven’t noticed how dirty the exterior of your windows have become. In addition to washing the inside, it is just as important to wash the outside as well. Here are a few techniques that you can try. 

Clean the Gutters

Gutters help protect your home’s roof and foundation by directing precipitation off and away from your home. Gutters that have not been properly cleaned put your home at risk for flooding, roof damage, and foundation cracking. It is best to clean your gutters at least twice a year- once in the spring and again in the fall. . 

Bell Seamless Gutters provides quality gutters, maintenance services, and rainwater collection in New Jersey. Our skilled professionals can help with all of your gutter needs.  Contact us to learn more about having your home’s gutter system updated or serviced at your Central New Jersey home or business.

The Benefits of a Rainwater Collection System

December 16th, 2020 | No Comments »

From their ecological benefits to their significant savings, there a number of good reasons to consider adding a rainwater collection system to your home. These systems have become increasingly popular in recent years, as many homeowners are looking for creative new ways to minimize their water consumption around the house.

Reduce erosion and flooding around your houseThe Benefits of a Rainwater Collection System

In most homes, rainwater is collected in the gutter system and then deposited around the downspouts and gardens. This is all fine and well for now, but over time, the deposited water can cause flooding and erosion in these areas. A rainwater collection system, meanwhile, diverts the water into barrels rather than into the ground.

Save on water bills

The more rainwater you collect, the less water you’ll have to use from your town or city. This will drastically reduce your water bills, especially if your rainwater system is used as your primary source of water.

Great for gardeners

Rainwater collection systems are also ideal for avid gardeners. Not only does it provide extra water for your plants and vegetables, but rainwater also has fewer pollutants than groundwater. As such, rainwater can make your plants healthier, which in turn will help them grow.

Installing a rainwater collection system

Rainwater collection systems can be easily integrated into your existing gutters and downspouts. All we have to do is divert the downspout of your choice into two separate pipes. One of these pipes will feed your rainwater collection bins, while the other will carry water safely away from home in the same manner as an ordinary downspout. Once the system is installed, you can select which path the rainwater will take at the flip of a switch.

Interested in learning more about the rainwater collection systems we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters? Feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today to speak with a representative!

How to Prevent Ice Dams in Your Gutters

December 3rd, 2020 | No Comments »

Winter poses many challenges. Among those are ice dams. Damaging to your gutters and your home, homeowners should take every step possible to prevent ice dams from developing. Here’s how to get started:

What causes ice dams?How to Prevent Ice Dams in Gutters

When the snow melts off your roof, meltwater accumulates and freezes along the overhang, creating an ice dam. The only way to prevent ice dams is to prevent snowmelt. This means keeping your roof cold while the rest of your home is kept toasty warm. How is this accomplished? By using these three methods: insulation, ventilation, and waterproofing.

Insulation

A properly insulated attic will prevent warm air from escaping and warming your roof. Most modern homes have proper insulation, but this is not the case with older homes. If your house was built before 1980, you should check your attic to see how much (or how little) insulation you have.

Ventilation

The next piece in the puzzle is ventilation. How the warm air moves in your attic can impact how it escapes to your roof. No matter how much insulation you have, there will always be some amount of heat loss. As such, you want the air to move up, out, and away from the roof rather than alongside it.

Waterproofing

Underneath the shingles of your roof is an underlayment—a water-resistant barrier between the shingles and the roof deck. By installing a waterproof underlayment, you can prevent water from seeping in under your shingled and getting into your home. While this won’t prevent ice dams, it will protect your home if ice dams eventually form.

To learn more about protecting your home and gutters from ice dams, read through our blog, or contact Bell Seamless Gutters today.