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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!

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Take Over Your Gutters This Summer

July 25th, 2018 | No Comments »

Mosquito at SunsetNothing will ruin your summer 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. This is because mosquitoes can carry a number of infectious viral diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, meningitis and Zika.

When gutters aren’t properly cleaned and maintained, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes this time of year. Today we’ll look at a few ways to keep your gutters clean and mosquito-free all summer long.

 

Clean out your gutters at least once early in the season.

Standing water and decaying leaves in your gutters are sure to attract mosquitoes in the summer. 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 periodically for signs of clogs.

If you live in a densely-wooded area, your gutters may still be prone to clogging even if you cleaned them earlier in the summer. Be sure to inspect your gutters once every couple of weeks for signs of clogs and 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 may also want to consider installing gutter guards on your home. 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.

New Jersey Home Values are Rising. Is Yours Ready to Sell?

July 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Home for SaleDemand for homes in New Jersey is outpacing the current inventory, causing home prices to rise steadily across the state. The medium home value in New Jersey has grown by more than 9 percent over the past year, according to Zillow, and it’s expected to rise another 7 percent in the next year. Demand has been particularly strong in the communities of Central New Jersey, where competitively-priced homes are attracting bidding wars from eager buyers.

These market conditions mean that now is a great time to think about selling a home in Central Jersey. A number of real estate analysts have even drawn comparisons between this summer’s housing market and the last market peak in 2006. Homes are selling fast, and they’re selling for prices that were practically unheard of just a few years ago.

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market this season, it’s good idea to take care of any maintenance items you may have neglected in years past. By investing in these upgrades and repairs now, you can get the best possible price for home when it comes time to sell.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can help get your home ready to sell by repairing and replacing outdated gutter systems with modern seamless gutters. These custom-designed gutters are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also durable and easy to maintain. We also include gutter guards with all of our gutter installations, which prevent clogs by preventing leaves, twigs and other debris from accumulating in your gutters.

To learn more about our gutter installation and repair services, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

Risks Associated With Clogged Gutter Systems

May 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Clogged GuttersIf the gutters on your home are clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris, rainwater may not be able to flow through them properly and discharge through your downspouts. This can potentially cause a number of moisture-related issues with your home. Check out a few common risks associated with clogged gutters below!

Foundation Issues

When water can’t flow through your gutters, it will eventually spill over their sides instead. This, in turn, can cause water to pool around your foundation. Over time, moisture buildup around the foundation can cause the concrete to crumble and crack. A clean gutter system will ensure that rainwater flows away from your home, thereby protecting your foundation from water damage.

Mold growth

A clogged gutter system can also cause rainwater to drain down your siding, leaving unsightly mold and mildew stains on your home. If you find that you’re constantly struggling to combat mold growth on your home’s exterior, it could be because your gutters aren’t functioning correctly!

Damaged gutters

When your gutters are filled with heavy debris and water, the added weight can cause them to split and break free from your home. This can not only have a negative effect on your home’s curb appeal, but also allow water from the broken gutter sections to collect around the foundation.

To keep your gutters working properly, be sure to clean them at least a couple times every year, preferably in the spring and fall. You may also want to consider having gutter guards installed. These can prevent debris from falling into the gutters and reduce the need for regular cleanings. To learn more, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Turn Your Old Gutters Into a Vertical Garden

May 22nd, 2018 | No Comments »

Gutter GardenGetting ready to replace your aging sectional gutters with new seamless gutters? If you enjoy weekend DIY projects and some of those old gutter sections are still in good shape, you may be able to repurpose them as planters for a vertical garden! Gutter gardens take up very little space, and they’re great for growing herbs, lettuce, flowers and more.

Many people choose to fasten their gutter gardens to a fence, but they can also be hung from a freestanding wood frame or even from your porch.

Start by cutting the gutters to an appropriate length for the space you have in mind. Each gutter will serve as one tier of your vertical garden. Next, use gutter end caps to seal both ends of your gutter planters. Once the gutters are sealed with end caps, use a quarter-inch drill bit to drill evenly-spaced drainage holes along the bottom of the gutter.

If you plan on hanging your garden from a frame or porch, you can also drill a pair of extra 1/8-inch holes on either end of the gutters so that they can be suspended with galvanized steel wire. Otherwise, you can simply fasten them to a fence or other vertical structure with gutter hangers.

Once your gutter planters are in place, just fill them with soil and fertilizer, plant your seeds and give them a drink of water. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful vertical garden that leaves plenty of room for other plantings in your flowerbeds.