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Why Homes With Slab Foundations Still Need Gutters

June 28th, 2021 | 1 Comment »

Rambler HouseSome homeowners with concrete slab foundations think they don’t need gutters. After all, they don’t have a basement to keep dry. But in reality, homes with slab foundations still need gutters as much as any other home. Read on to learn more:

No gutters can lead to cracks

By having no gutters (or poorly-installed gutters), your home can develop cracks in the foundation. All types of foundations, including slabs, are susceptible to cracking when exposed to excess moisture. If left unchecked, a severely cracked foundation can ultimately compromise the structural integrity of your home.

How can a lack of gutters lead to cracks?

  • During rainstorms, water will pool on and around your concrete foundation. Continued exposure to water can wear down the concrete and lead to cracking. Moreover, moisture buildup around your slab foundation will cause the ground to become soft, reducing the structural soundness of the foundation.
  • Without gutters, water will cause a concrete slab foundation to expand and contract more often, putting it at greater risk of cracks. The less water you have around your foundation, the more consistent the soil’s temperature and moisture levels will be. This consistency will reduce the likelihood and severity of foundation cracks.
  • If the concrete does crack, additional water accumulating around your home’s foundation will enter into the cracks, further compromising its integrity.

What’s more, rain runoff accumulating near your slab foundation can damage your lawn and cause the soil to erode more quickly.

Regardless of what type of foundation your home has, moisture control is important. A modern, effective seamless gutter system will help protect your home by channeling rainwater safely away from your foundation. To learn more, feel free to give the team at Bell Seamless Gutters a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

Summer Gutter Cleaning

May 26th, 2021 | No Comments »

Summer is finally here, which means warmer weather, fun in the sun, and summer chores! While this may not be the most exciting task, it is crucial for the longevity of your home. During the summer you may have to clean up leaves, debris, and bird nests from your gutters. Gutters help keep your home from flooding and protect the foundation by sending precipitation away from your home.

Why Clean Gutters in the Summer? Summer Gutter Cleaning

While you may have cleaned out your gutters in the spring, it’s a good idea to give them another look in the summer months. Why? With erratic weather and the amount of rainfall happening in all parts of the country, more debris could have fallen into your gutters in just the past few months. Just a bit of debris can cause a clog, resulting in damage to both your gutters and the rest of your home.

 

How to Clean Your Gutters

Use a Proper Ladder 

When cleaning gutters be sure to use a sturdy ladder, and have a spotter if possible. This will ensure your safety. While on the ladder, remove any large debris that can be thrown away. 

Rinse Them Out 

Use a hose to spray any remaining twigs, branches, and other debris. Things smaller than leaves will wreak havoc on your gutter system if it’s not properly maintained. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul, just make sure there’s nothing obvious going wrong.

Or you can rely on the professionals at Bell Seamless Gutters to make sure everything is okay! Remember, summer is a time of self-improvement, feeling healthy and refreshed, in cleaning out the gutters of your life. We think it’s time to remove the stuff that’s backing you up. Contact us today for all your gutter cleaning and installation services!

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.