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Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water Damage

January 31st, 2018 | No Comments »

Maintain Your Gutter System to Prevent Costly Water DamageDid you know that nearly 40 percent of U.S. homeowners have suffered monetary losses due to water damage? Every year, claims related to mold and water damage cost insurance companies more than $2 billion. The average cost of each water damage insurance claim is about $7,000.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly expenses associated with owning a home.

With these troubling statistics in mind, it’s important for homeowners to do whatever they can to prevent moisture intrusions from damaging basements, foundations, drywall and more. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to completely overhaul your plumbing system, though.

In fact, a little gutter maintenance can go a long way.

Your gutter system isn’t just an attractive accessory for your home’s roof. It also serves an important practical purpose, diverting rainwater away from your home so that it can’t stain siding and pool around the foundation. When gutters become clogged with debris, they cease to function effectively. This, in turn, can cause siding and foundations to wear prematurely due to increased moisture exposure.

By cleaning out your gutters in the fall and spring, and making sure your downspouts discharge far away from your home’s foundation, you can easily prevent at least one common cause of water damage. This is also a great opportunity to inspect your gutters for signs of damage. If you spot any sagging or leaky gutter sections, we can repair them quickly to ensure they continue to serve you well.

If you have any other lingering questions about your gutter system, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Amateur Scientist Finds Meteorite Particles in Rain Gutters

December 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

Tired of pulling handfuls of wet leaves, twigs and pinecones out of your gutters every year? Well, if you look a little closer, you might find something much more interesting in there, too.

Jon Larsen is an amateur scientist and jazz musician from Norway who has spent years sifting through the dust particles that accumulate in rain gutters in search of cosmic debris. Although some academics initially discredited his eccentric endeavor, Larsen recently made a major breakthrough that has excited many people in the scientific community.

After scouring the rooftops of Oslo, Paris and Berlin for 5 years, Larsen finally found what he was looking for—micrometorite dust that originated outside our atmosphere.

Now, Larsen is working with Dr. Matthew Genge of Imperial College London to analyze his specimens and learn more about their origins. These tiny dust particles offer a unique look at some of the Earth’s most recent contact with celestial bodies like asteroids and comets.

“Because they’ve been largely collected from roofs on commercial buildings, those buildings have their gutters cleaned at least every 3-5 years, so we know these [particles] have landed on Earth at least in the last 5 years,” said Genge in an interview. “Whereas the particles found on the seabed are up to 50,000 years old, these are a sample of what’s landing on Earth, practically today.”

By studying the differences between ancient dust found on the seabed and the much younger dust found in gutters, Genge and Larsen hope to learn more about how our solar system has changed over the course of the last several thousand years. It just goes to show that there are all kinds of amazing discoveries just waiting to be made in the most unexpected places—even hidden in the bottom of your rain gutters!

How and Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Gutter System

April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

How and Why You Should Clean Your Home’s Gutter SystemGutters should be included on every homeowner’s spring cleaning list. They’re prone to collecting leaves, sticks, bird droppings—just about everything outside of your home and under the sun. If neglected, debris can accumulate into clusters and clog your gutters. Gutters are designed to allow rain to run away from the exterior of your home in such a way that protects your home’s structural integrity from water damage. Clogged gutters will do just the opposite, causing water to overflow onto your roof and leaving the structure of your home vulnerable to damage that is costly to repair. 

Fortunately, removing accumulated debris from your gutter system is a fairly simple process.

It’s a good idea to do this in the start of spring and the end of fall. You’ll need a sturdy ladder, buckets, a garden hose and a trowel. You can begin by scooping out the debris at the bottom of your gutters with the trowel and discarding it into the buckets as you go along. Don’t forget to check for clogged gunk in your gutter’s downspouts. Once this process is completed, give your gutters the final spot treatment by flushing them out with water (a high-pressured hose is ideal for this). 

You may also want to consider installing gutter guards as a preventative measure but be warned, these are not end-all solutions. You will still have to clean out your gutters at least once a year.

Like any other maintenance item in your home, paying attention to your gutters and putting in a fair share of TLC can prevent you from having to pay for costly repairs in the future.

Understanding the Importance of Your Home’s Gutter System

March 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

Understanding the Importance of Your Home’s Gutter SystemDon’t worry about getting your mind out of the gutter. If you want your home to function seamlessly, having knowledge of your house’s gutter system is vital. Why? Well, there are a number of misconceptions about gutter systems which can result in unfortunate repercussions if they go unnoticed.

That’s why the team at Bell Seamless Gutters has drafted up a quick breakdown of what you need to know when it comes to your home’s gutter system. While the task may seem intimidating at first, we sincerely promise you that it will be worth your time.

Why Should I Care About Gutters?

If adequately maintained, gutters can offer a host of benefits, including soil stabilization and erosion prevention that preserve landscaping and turf. Building officials across the country are now requiring gutters for residential construction, due to the fact they protect against long-term foundation problems. For example, rain gutters can protect against water damage and staining, as well as prevent cracking on patios, driveways and sidewalks.

Why Should I Maintain Gutters?

When gutters go uncleaned, it can cause a number of problems including water damming and leaks into your home’s interior. Not only that, but clogged gutters are often breeding grounds for mosquitoes due to standing water. They can also cause fire hazards if leaves are left to accumulate.

How often you should clean out your gutters ultimately depends on a number of factors, such as the proximity of trees to the roof line and slope of the roof. As a general rule of thumb, you should clean your gutters thoroughly at least twice a year.

What About Gutter Installation?

Far too many houses do not have complete and up-to-date gutter systems. If you’re wondering whether your home fits this description, first start by making sure you have seamless gutters on every sloped roof edge. From there, you should assess whether your gutters hold standing water (they should not), leak (also, no), and have downspouts that are safely fastened to your home’s exterior. Downspouts should also discharge water far away from your home’s foundation on a downward slope.

Need a hand getting the gutters on your home in good working order? The experts at Bell Seamless Gutters can help! Give us a call today or contact us online to speak with a representative.