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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.

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!