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Spring Exterior Home Maintenance 

May 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

Now that spring is here, it is a good time to do some maintenance on your home’s exterior. Debris and dirt that accumulated over the winter should be removed to prepare for the upcoming warmer months. 

 

Here is a quick checklist for maintaining your home this spring: 

 

Tend to The Lawn 

Mow your lawn and check for any dry or sparse patches. Be sure to mow your lawn in multiple directions to ensure an even cut on all sides. After the lawn is mowed you can tend to areas that need attention with water, fertilizer, and seeds if necessary. 

 

Clean the Porch/ Deck 

Remove any leaves, stray grass, and overgrown weeds surrounding your porch or deck. If you have furniture remove them and wash down the porch and deck with your garden hose. If possible, use the highest water setting to blast away any stuck-on dirt. Wash the furniture before putting them back on the porch . 

 

Wash Windows 

You probably haven’t noticed how dirty the exterior of your windows have become. In addition to washing the inside it is important to maintain them on the outside as well. There are a few different ways to wash your outside windows, here is a list of five easy ways to clean them

 

This is a very important step to maintaining your home. Gutters help protect your home’s roof and foundation by directing precipitation off and away from your home. Gutters that have not been properly cleaned put your home at risk for flooding, roof damage, and foundation cracking. It is best to clean your gutters at least twice a year- once in spring and again in the fall. . 

Here is how to clean your gutters: 

Supplies: 

  • Extendable Ladder
  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Tarp 
  • Gutter Scoop or Small Shovel 
  • Helper/ Spotter 
  1. Start by placing the ladder against your home. Be sure the ladder is on even ground. Have someone stand at the base of the ladder to hold it steady and ensure your safety. 
  2. Slowly climb the ladder and take your time scooping any gunk out of your gutters. Drop it on the tarp so it doesn’t create a larger mess on your driveway and lawn. Cover as much gutter as you can without reaching. Move the ladder as you clean around the gutters so you don’t have to stretch. 
  3. Once you have completed the whole perimeter of your house, rinse your gutters with the hose to flush out any remaining debris.

Bell Seamless Gutters provides quality gutters, maintenance services, and rainwater collection in New Jersey. Our skilled professionals can help with all of your gutter needs.  Contact us online to learn more about having your home’s gutter system updated or serviced at your Central New Jersey home or business.

Why Gutter Maintenance is So Important

December 31st, 2019 | No Comments »

As a homeowner, there are many different responsibilities that have to be taken care of in order to

maintain your home. One of the often-overlooked aspects

of your home is the gutters. You may not understand how important the gutter system is, but it plays a major role in the upkeep of your home. It is best to routinely clean your gutters 3-4 times a year or every time the seasons change.

 

Here are some of the potential dangers that can occur when the gutters are not properly maintained:

Sidewalk Hazards

If your gutters are not draining properly, this can cause flooding which can travel to your front yard and sidewalk. If this flooded water freezes it can become extremely dangerous.

Leaking Basement

With inadequately functioning gutters water builds up around the foundation that can cause leaks into your basement.

Foundation Cracking

If you have a leaky basement you have cracks in your foundation. This can become extremely dangerous in the winter due to frost heave. Water gets into the cracks that have already formed and then it freezes when cold enough. The frozen water will swell and expand, causing even more damage.

Washed out landscape

 An overflowing gutter system can ruin your landscaping, and garden by flooding.

Damaged driveways

Aside from the obvious annoyance of having to step out of your car directly into a large puddle, flooded driveways can become significantly damaging to your property. A flooded driveway can lead to mildew, mold, and root rot.

Bell Seamless Gutters provides quality gutters, maintenance services, and rainwater collection in New Jersey. Our skilled professionals can help with all of your gutter needs. Call us at 800-597-1616 or contact us online to learn more about having your home’s gutter system installed or

serviced at your Central New Jersey home or business.

 

 

Preparing Gutters for Spring

February 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

You should be preparing youPreparing Gutters for Spring r home for spring, not just inside but outside as well. One part of your home that needs special attention as seasons shift: your gutters. Your gutters prevent your home from water damage and it’s important to maintain them as snow melts and rain starts.

To get ready for spring and the rainy weather that comes with it, you should clear out debris in your gutter from the winter months.

Things such as leaves, twigs, branches, and otherwise should be cleared out completely from your gutters.

In order to clean out your gutters, it’s important to have the necessary tools and equipment.

You should have a drill and bits, towels, a bucket, and a ladder. You should also have someone watching or nearby when you clean out your gutters because it can be a dangerous job.

As spring progresses, you’ll want to make sure that you are cleaning out your gutters every few months. Spring will put a lot of pollen, flower petals, leaves, maple “helicopters” and dirt into your gutters.

You will want to start with cleaning the gutter near the downspout first and remove the largest debris first.

For getting rid of any built-up dirt, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain out of the downspout, check the downspout strainer.

For standing water in the gutters, the gutter might not be sloped right and will require adjustment to get rid of the water.

There should be a slight decline of at least ¼ inch every 10 feet toward the downspout.

If you notice any leaks in the gutter, you may need to run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all joints.

You can also use gutter touch-up paint to cover any blemishes.

Bell Seamless Gutters provides a full range of gutter services including installation, gutter guards, and rainwater collection. For assistance with cleaning and maintaining your gutters, give us a call.  

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.

Why You Do Need Gutters On Your Home

September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »

The Great Debate

A lot of debates have occurred over whether or not you need gutters on your home. Some people say that you can go without them and other people say that you should not. We believe that gutters are a necessity when it comes to home maintenance. We encourage everyone to have gutters on their home to avoid major issues down the road.

What Gutters Do

In order to understand why you need a gutter it is important to unBroken Gutter and Debris in NJderstand exactly what purpose they serve. A gutter is a long tube typically made of aluminum that wraps around a home. The gutter collects rain water as it pours down the surface of the home. The water then falls down through the gutter and eventually pours out of the gutter and onto the ground to keep the water from reaching the foundation of the home. As a result, the ground surrounding the house does not become drenched with water, keeping the foundation dry.

Why You Need Gutters

If you did not have those gutters around your home, the amount of water and moisture that would surround our home would quickly damage the foundation of your home. Water would get into the structure of the home which would cause cracks, breaks, and instability within it. Water can cause significant damage to the roof and siding of the home as well if it is repeatedly soaking them or seeping into crevices. If water does reach the structure of the home, it can also cause condensation which can cause wood around the home, such as window frames, to rot and mold.

Final Verdict

Although gutters can be expensive and definitely require some maintenance, we believe that gutters prevent more damage from occurring to the home. Maintaining your home is vital to avoid spending money on unnecessary projects down the road. We believe that gutters are a necessity to keeping your home well-kept.