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Practical Benefits of Rainwater Collection Systems

July 12th, 2019 | No Comments »

rainwater collectionA simple rainwater collection system offers numerous practical benefits. Not only will you save money and help protect the environment, your plants will also thank you. Read on to learn more:

Reduce Your Water Bill

During the summer months, garden and lawn irrigation accounts for about 40 percent of residential water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With a rainwater collection system, you can effectively water your lawn for free! Not only will you be saving cash, you’ll also be easing the burden on your well or municipal water supply. By using collected rainwater, you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water during the growing season.

Prevent Environmentally-Harmful Runoff

Rainwater runoff from roofs is a major environmental problem in urban and suburban areas. This runoff can pollute waterways with pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants. Fertilizers increase the presence of harmful algae in lakes, and soil from runoff harmfully alters the habitat of fish. Reduce runoff on your property by using a rainwater collection system.

Stop Your Yard From Eroding

Runoff doesn’t just harm the environment—it can also affect your yard. If you have an erosion problem on a section of your lawn adjacent to a downspout, adding a rain barrel will help.

Help Your Plants Grow

Rainwater doesn’t contain the fluoride compounds and inorganic ions commonly found in tap water. By using rainwater to irrigate your garden, you’ll help clear the soil of salt buildup and create an environment conducive to healthy root development.

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we can implement a modern, convenient rainwater collection system into your existing gutter system. To learn more, feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!

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!

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Water Damage to Your Foundation

October 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

Foundation Water DamageHave you noticed new cracks developing in your home’s foundation? Although a number of different factors can contribute to these cracks, one of the most common causes of a cracked foundation is water damage. If your downspouts don’t discharge rainwater far enough from your home, it can pool around the foundation and cause damage that is expensive and difficult to repair. Learn more about how to spot signs of water damage on your foundation below!

Discoloration on Basement Walls

When water seeps through your foundation, it can cause discoloration on interior basement walls. If you notice water streaks and spots appearing on the walls of your basement, it could be because they’ve become saturated with moisture from outside.

Musty Odors

Does your basement have an unpleasant smell that just won’t go away? Does it seem to get more noticeable on rainy days? These musty odors are another common sign of moisture-related issues in basements. Installing a dehumidifier can help, but you should also make sure your downspouts are unclogged and oriented in a direction that carries rainwater safely away from the foundation.

Mold Growth

If rainwater is pooling around your foundation, those musty odors in your basement may be accompanied by mold growth, too. If you spot dark patches of mold growing in damp corners of your basement, you could have a budding moisture problem on your hands.

If your gutters and downspouts are failing to protect your home from water damage, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters would be happy to lend hand. Our custom seamless gutter systems offer an attractive, low-maintenance and efficient way to divert rainwater away from your home. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more 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.

How Can a Rainwater Collection System Benefit your Lawn and Garden?

May 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

The collection of rain for purposes of irrigation is an ancient practice, encountered across many cultures. The earliest rain water collection systems can be traced back to 3000 BC in modern-day India. Ancient Romans also famously collected rainwater and created reservoirs and underground tanks to store it in. In more recent history, however, rainwater collection has become less prevalent due to the development of modern municipal plumbing systems. But just because this practice isn’t as popular as it once was doesn’t mean you should discount the idea of rainwater collection. 

Collecting excess rainwater is an effective, easy way to maintain a sustainable landscape, whether it be in your garden or front lawn.

How Can a Rainwater Collection System Benefit your Lawn and Garden?The roof of a 1,000-square-foot home sheds an average of 600 gallons of water per inch of hourly rainfall. A rain collection system can catch and store up to 80 percent of this water to be used later on for irrigation. While there are a number of different rainwater collection systems, the basic idea behind all of them is the same—a storage vessel or diverter is placed below the downspouts of your gutter system to catch water before it reaches the ground. The stored rainwater, which is free from chlorination and other treatments, is ideal for watering your lawn and garden.

Implementing a rainwater collection system will reduce the demand on your existing water supply, and minimize the impact of erosion and surface water runoff on your landscape. In modern-day applications, these systems have been especially effective at combating the effects of drought and water pollution on lawns and gardens.

Want to learn more about how easy it is to start harvesting rainwater from your gutter system? Contact us online or give us a call at our toll-free number today!