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Maintain Your Gutters With These DIY Cleaning Solutions

March 18th, 2019 | No Comments »

Clearing out GuttersAre your home’s gutters looking a little the worse for wear these days? Without periodic cleaning, old gutters can become covered in dirt, debris and black streaks that detract from their original appearance. The good news is, there are a few DIY cleaning solutions you can use to keep your gutters looking their very best.

Use TSP-PF to Your Advantage

Do you have some deck or siding cleaner tucked away in your garage? Check the label and see if you can find the letters “TSP-PF” on it. TSP-PF stands for “trisodium phosphate-phosphate free,” and it means that the cleaner is capable of degreasing and cleaning surfaces without harming the environment. Take one cup of this cleaner and mix it with one quart of Clorox bleach along with three quarts of hot water. Apply it to your gutters with a rag or brush to wipe away dirt and mildew stains.

Try Cream of Tartar

The spice rack in your kitchen might not seem like a logical place to look for gutter cleaner, but cream of tartar can make gutters shine when used properly. Take cream of tartar and mix it with water to create a thick paste. Then, apply that paste to the outside of your gutters and buff it with a rag before letting it sit for a little while. After about 30 minutes, hose your gutters down. They should look a little brighter after being treated with your homemade cleaning paste.

Remove Dirt and Grime With White Vinegar

In addition to cleaning the outside of your gutters with a DIY cleaning solution, you should be sure to clean their interior as well. Scoop out any dirt, leaves, stick, and other debris before pouring a solution of warm water and white vinegar into your gutters. Plug your downspouts to prevent the solution from washing away and allow it to sit in your gutters for about an hour. Then simply drain your gutters once the hour is over and hose them down.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can install gutter guards on your existing gutters to prevent them from getting clogged with dirt and debris in the first place. To learn more, feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

 

Adding a Rainwater Collection System to Your Existing Gutters

February 25th, 2019 | No Comments »

rainwater collectionFrom their ecological benefits to the significant savings they can provide on your monthly water bill, 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.

Rainwater collection systems are also ideal for avid gardeners, or for people who live in areas where soil conditions make it difficult to drain large volumes of water away from their homes.

Although we often add rainwater collection bins to new seamless gutter installations, these systems can be easily integrated into your existing gutters and downspouts as well. 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.

In the event that your rainwater bins become filled with water, you can simply close the downspout diverter to prevent them from overflowing. Otherwise, you can let your gutters fill the bins with free water to use in your lawn and garden.

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!

Rain Chains Offer an Attractive Alternative to Downspouts

February 4th, 2019 | No Comments »

Rain Chains

Downspouts are essential components of most gutter systems that are designed to transport rainwater a safe distance from a home’s foundation. If you’re not enamored with the appearance of traditional downspouts, however, you might consider another option that’s become popular with many homeowners in recent years.

Rain chains, which are attached to gutters in the same fashion as downspouts, use a simple series of chain links and cups to gradually guide rainwater toward the ground.

Rain chains originated on homes in Japan, but they have since been widely adopted by homeowners in the U.S. as well. These days, you can find rain chains at your local hardware store in a variety of attractive styles and configurations. This makes them ideal for people who want to have a gutter system that is every bit as attractive as it is functional. Just choose a set of rain chains that best suits your home’s aesthetic, and you can turn a rainy day into a peaceful spectacle to enjoy from a window or front porch.

Rain chains are also ideal for homes with rainwater collection systems.

By positioning your rain collection bins beneath the rain chains, and you can maintain an eco-friendly supply of water to use in your lawn and garden all year round. You can even use a vase or other decorative vessel that matches the appearance of your rain chains to capture and store rainwater.

Interested in learning more about gutter installations, rainwater collection or any of the other products and services we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters? Feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

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!