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How Ice Dams Can Damage Your Gutters

October 15th, 2019 | No Comments »

Ice Dams and Gutters The wintertime can really take a toll on your home’s roof. It can also put a huge strain on your gutters if you’re not careful. It’s not uncommon for ice dams to form on the edges of roofs when the heat inside of an attic causes snow to melt and trickle down towards the gutters. Before the melted snow is able to reach the gutters, it will often refreeze and form ice dams. Here’s how those ice dams can do damage to your gutters.

Adds weight to your gutters and puts them at risk of falling off your home

Ice dams are known to form right on the edges of roofs, which puts them in close proximity to your gutters. As they get larger and larger, it’s not uncommon for ice dams to lean right on your gutters and put a lot of pressure on them. This can cause your gutters to crack. It can also apply so much pressure that your gutters fall right off your home.

Stops rainwater from working its way towards your downspouts

In the event that ice dams form anywhere near your downspouts, they could prevent rainwater from being able to go down them. When this happens, rainwater will back up in your gutters often times and spill out over the sides of them. This could put your home’s foundation at risk. It could also lead to problems with your gutters since they’ll be filled with rainwater all the time. They may leak, crack, or break when your downspouts aren’t accessible.

Leads to additional ice and icicles forming on your gutters over time

If you don’t do anything about ice dams, they’ll usually get worse before they get better. A small ice dam can accumulate even more ice and cause icicles to form on the side of your home. This will increase the chances of your gutters getting damaged. It’s why you need to make it a point to remove ice dams ASAP and find ways to stop them from forming in the first place.

Have ice dams done damage to your home’s gutters? Bell Seamless Gutters can provide you with brand-new gutters and talk to you about how to prevent ice dams from damaging them once they’re in place. Call us at 800-597-1616 to speak with someone about our gutter systems.

How to Quiet Noisy Downspouts and Gutters

June 25th, 2019 | No Comments »

Water From DownspoutIf you’ve ever lost sleep to the irritating drip-drip-drip of water in your downspouts and gutters, you might be looking for inexpensive ways to keep them quiet during heavy rainstorms. The good news is, there are a few simple strategies you can use to muffle the sound from gutters and downspouts so you can sleep soundly through those warm summer storms.

Replace Metal Elbows With PVC

Metal elbows can actually amplify the trickling and dripping sounds of water. PVC will help reduce the echo and mitigate this noise.

Check for Loose Downspout Straps

What’s just as annoying as dripping water? Rattling downspouts! Check to make sure none of your home’s downspout straps are loose.

Absorb the Water

Placing a piece of sponge or artificial turf in the bottom of a downspout will absorb drips and reduce noise.

Change the Downspout Angle

Angling the ends of your downspouts further away from the house will help water flow seamlessly down without dripping and splashing.

Muffle the Noise

Try wrapping foam insulators around your downspouts to muffle the sound of dripping water. Insulation will minimize surface vibrations and lessen the noise.

Try the Rope Trick

Grab some caulk and some 3/8-inch diameter nylon or poly rope. Caulk around the gutter drain and run the rope down the entire length of your downspouts. This will cause the water to wick down the rope instead of making that dreaded dripping noise when it hits the elbow.

Call the Pros

So you’ve tried all of the above and you’re still lying awake at night listening to the sounds of dripping water. Call Bell Seamless Gutters at (800) 597-1616 or contact us online today for a free estimate to help solve your problem. Serving New Jersey since 1956, Bell Seamless Gutters has helped countless homeowners with comprehensive gutter installation and repair.

Keep an Eye out for These Telltale Signs of Gutter Issues

April 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

Heavy RainBecause they rest above eye level, it can be difficult for homeowners to identify minor gutter issues before they become full-blown failures. However, there are a few telltale signs that your gutters have become worn or damaged. Walk around your property and look for the following indicators that your gutters need attention.

Gutter Damage

You can easily spot many external indicators of damage and wear from the ground. Look for sagging, cracks, visible rust and areas where gutters are detached. Black streaks can also be indicative of dirty water spilling over the side where gutters are not clogged or damaged.

Pooling Water or Dry Downspouts

After the next rainstorm, inspect downspouts and look at the landscape around your house. Your downspouts should all be discharging similar amounts of water. If any of them are running dry, a gutter may be clogged. Water spilling over the side of the gutters and areas of standing water below the gutters are also common signs of clogged gutters.

Interior Leaks

Is water seeping into your home during heavy storms? Water from the ceiling is an indicator of a roof leak, while water from walls or the corner of the ceiling is a reliable indicator of damaged gutters.  

Exterior Damage

Is the siding stained or the paint peeling or exterior wood rotting? Perhaps you notice areas of mold streaking exterior walls or eaves. Does it appear that dirt has been splashed up against the side of your home? If so, all these things are indicators you may have gutter problems. Overflowing gutters can splash on walls, and the residual moisture leaves telltale marks and backsplash.

Sudden gutter failures may seem somewhat mysterious, but there are usually indicators that failure is on its way. Taking a moment to examine your gutters now can save you time and money in the long run.

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!

 

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!