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How to Prevent Birds From Nesting in Your Gutters

October 3rd, 2018 | No Comments »

Bird in GutterLeaves aren’t the only things that might be clogging your gutters this time of year. If you live in an area with lots of wildlife, you may find the remnants of a few birds’ nests blocking the flow of water through your gutters as well. The good news is, there are a few simple, humane tactics you can employ to dissuade birds from nesting in your gutters.

Use a Decoy

Birds will be far less likely to take up residence in your gutters if they see a predator lurking nearby. Placing an owl decoy or an inflatable snake in a conspicuous place can give birds enough of a scare to make them thing twice about nesting in your gutters. The only downside to this strategy is that the birds may eventually realize that the predators are fake.

Try an Ultrasonic Repellent

Ultrasonic repellents are small electronic devices that emit high-frequency sounds to keep birds, mice and other common pests at bay. Although the high-frequency sounds they emit are unpleasant for small animals, they are undetectable to the human ear. If you have pets that spend time in your yard, however, you may not want to expose them to the sound of an ultrasonic repellent.

Install Gutter Guards

Perhaps the most straightforward and effective way to keep birds out of your gutters is to install gutter guards. A good set of gutter guards will not only prevent birds from nesting in your gutters, but also prevent leaves and twigs from falling into them as well. This way, you won’t have to clean debris out of your gutters nearly as often as you do now.

To learn more about the high-quality gutter guards we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Common Causes of Overflowing Gutters

August 27th, 2018 | No Comments »

Heavy RainHave you noticed that your gutters occasionally overflow during periods of heavy rain? If so, it could be because your area was simply subjected to too much rain for your gutters to handle. Every now and then, a torrential downpour may overwhelm your home’s gutter system and make it hard for it to keep up. If your gutters are regularly overflowing, however, you could have another problem on your hands.

You don’t have enough downspouts

If you find that your gutters seem to overflow every time it rains, it could be an indication that you don’t have enough downspouts to discharge water away from your home. If rainwater can’t escape through your downspouts, it will start to pour out of your gutters instead. Adding new downspouts can increase the total volume of water your gutter system is able to handle.

Your gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris.

If you don’t maintain your gutters and clean them out at least once or twice a year, leaves, dirt and other debris can accumulate in them and block the flow of water. Ultimately, these clogs can send water pouring out over the sides of your gutters when it rains. Keeping your gutters clean and clog-free is a great way to prevent them from overflowing in the future.

Your downspouts have something stuck in them.

If your gutters are all clear but they’re still overflowing when it rains, it could be a sign of clogged downspouts. Leaves and dirt can build up inside your downspouts and render them useless, too. The good news is, you can easily test your downspouts with a hose and then clear them out accordingly.

Having trouble keeping debris out of your gutters and downspouts? Gutter guards can help by blocking this debris and keeping your gutters clear all season long. Give us a call at our toll-free number today to learn more!

Keep These Ladder Safety Tips in Mind When Cleaning Gutters

April 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Cleaning Gutters on LadderGetting ready to do some spring gutter cleaning? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll need to use a ladder. But before you climb a ladder to clean your gutters, there are a few basic safety guidelines you should keep in mind to prevent accidents and injuries.

Stay off the ladder when you don’t feel well or when the weather is bad.

If you’re tired or dizzy on the day you plan to clean out your gutters, you should consider postponing the job for another day. You may be more susceptible to losing your balance and falling off the ladder when you’re not feeling well. You should also stay off the ladder whenever it’s windy or stormy outside; accidents are more likely to happen in inclement weather.

Wear slip-resistant shoes.

It’s also important to be mindful of your choice of footwear when climbing a ladder. You should never wear sandals, unlaced sneakers or any shoes with slippery bottoms. It’s best to wear a pair of sneakers with soles that are advertised as being slip-resistant. This will help you maintain a secure footing as you move up and down the ladder.

Inspect your ladder for signs of wear and tear.

Make sure your ladder is in good working order before cleaning out your gutters. Inspect all of its joints and moving parts to make sure they’re securely in place. You should also check the ladder’s weight restrictions to make sure it can support the weight of both you and your cleaning equipment.

Place your ladder on firm, level ground.

The condition of the ground you place your ladder on is just as important as the condition of the ladder itself. The ground supporting your ladder should firm, level and dry. You should also recruit a friend or family member to stand at the bottom of the ladder and keep an eye out for signs of trouble as you climb.

If you’re tired of cleaning debris out of your gutters every spring and fall, you might want to consider investing in gutter guards as well! To learn more about how gutter guards can help keep twigs, leaves and other refuse out of your gutters, give us a call or contact us online today!

Guard Your Gutters With a LeafTech Gutter Protection System

August 9th, 2017 | No Comments »

Guard Your Gutters With a LeafTech Gutter Protection SystemAre you tired of struggling to protect your gutters from falling debris? Have you cleaned out too many clumped-up leaves and bird nests to count? Luckily, you can now guard your gutters with LeafTech Gutter Protection System and never have to worry about clogged gutters again.

How does it work?

The LeafTech system is unlike anything else on the market. For maximum protection, it features a built-in hood and louvers. As water and debris begin to flow down from the roof, the louvers work to their progress. Then, the water gradually seeps into the holes of the built-in hood to filter out large pieces of debris. This system also prevents dirt from running down the face of the gutters, keeping them clear and looking clean!

What are the benefits of using the LeafTech System?

This system keeps your gutters free of debris, which not only keeps them looking good, but also prevents unwanted critters and insects from making themselves at home in your gutters. When water pools in clogged gutters, for example, the stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for mosquitos. Accumulated leaves and sticks, meanwhile, can attract birds and squirrels to your gutters. The LeafTech system is specifically designed to keep debris out, so those pesky critters will be less likely to cozy up in your gutters. LeafTech is also available in twenty-one colors, so you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home!

Interested in learning more about the LeafTech system or any of the other products and services we offer at Bell Seamless Gutters? Give us a call today to speak with a representative!

Prepare Your Gutters for Winter Months

October 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

The cooler seasons can be so breathtaking, with colorful leaves scattering in the fall and sparkling flakes of white showering city streets in the winter. However, harsh weather takes a toll on our homes, especially our gutters. As temperatures drop, it is important to prepare your gutters for winter months. You must be aware of what steps you can take to ensure your gutters keep up with severe weather.

In order to prepare your home for winter, you must prepare your gutters to handle rain, snow, and sleet as it comes. As the leaves begin to fall, try to periodically clean them out of th60249119 - a wooden roof with rain gutter and drainpipe in wintere gutters. For the east coast, early fall is considered hurricane season. You’ll want to make sure you gutters are clear for significant rainfalls. When all the leaves have fallen, clean the leaves out of your gutters. This will make sure that water will have a clear passage way out of the gutter and away from your home.

Cleaning the gutters out before freezing temperatures settle in will help you to prepare for next spring. It will also  make the job easier when the warm temperatures return. Gutters coated in water and ice may freeze over the winter months. It is vital to keep gutters clear of debris before it happens. Otherwise, you’ll be putting your gutter at risk for ice dams.

Make sure gutters are securely attached to the house as well as the downspouts. If gutters are loose, you could risk the gutter blowing off the roof in severe storms  Point all gutter extenders in the opposite direction of your home’s foundation. This will prevent water from seeping into basements, first floors, and crawlspaces.

Cleaning your gutters on a regular basis will save you both time and money. By preforming preventive maintenance, you can rest assured that your gutters are always in good shape. If you need help preparing your gutters for winter months, contact Bell Seamless Gutters today.