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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.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Gutters This Spring

March 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

debris in guttersSpring has finally arrived and after the long, cold winter we experienced here in New Jersey, we couldn’t be more excited for the warm weather ahead. The first task on your spring cleaning to-do list is probably to freshen up the inside of your home, opening the windows and allowing some crisp spring air in. And the second task: Getting outside and getting your yard in shape again. From cleaning up branches to mowing the lawn and setting up patio furniture, there is plenty to do, making it easy to forget about cleaning out your gutters.

An important task to complete, checking your gutters for dirt, debris and damage can ensure that your home doesn’t suffer from any water damage during the rainy spring months.

Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and spill over the tops of your gutters, causing water damage to the fascia board, rafters and more.

It can be difficult to tell how much debris has built up in your gutters over the winter season, and without getting up on a ladder to check you can’t be sure if your gutters need cleaning or not. This season, we recommend checking early to prevent any damage from occurring. You don’t want a leaky gutter to damage your foundation or a clogged one to hard the roof.

Tired of having to check your gutters every season or worried about your aging parents keeping theirs clean?

Gutter guards can provide a solution to your worries.

Used to keep sticks, leaves and other debris out of your gutters, gutter guards can help to make your annual and semiannual cleaning easier for years to come. To learn more about these protective covers or to discuss the installation of new, high-quality gutters this spring, visit Bell Seamless Gutters online or give us a call at 1-800-597-1616.

If your gutters are filled with debris this spring, don’t forget to follow our safety tips while you clean them out!

Advice for Safely Cleaning Your Gutters

December 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

safety advice for cleaning guttersWhether you are cleaning out gutters clogged with leaves and twigs or removing heavy icicles that can warp gutters and prevent proper damage, it is important to do so safely. Slips and falls are an unfortunate possibility, which is why it is necessary to educate yourself on how to properly clean out your gutters before heading out to do the job. Use proper safety techniques when putting up your ladder and work with a partner to ensure that help is there in case of an accident. Follow these words of advice and you will be able to clear your gutters quickly and safely this season!

Use Your Ladder Safely

Using your ladder properly is an easy way to prevent injury while cleaning out your gutters. A sturdy ladder will make cleaning easier and will prevent you from getting hurt on the job. Before getting on your ladder, check to make sure it is stabilized, on a flat surface with no loose parts. If you are using a step ladder, like many do for cleaning first story gutters, be sure that the arms are fully extended and hinges are locked in place. We recommend having someone steady it for you while you are working, always moving it before you have to extend your reach too far. While getting up and down the ladder repeatedly may seem like an annoyance, it will prevent you from slipping and falling.

Wear Proper Gear

Another key component to ladder safety is wearing proper clothing. When working on any project outside, it is important to wear close-toed, rubber-soled shoes. Especially important if you have to climb onto your roof while cleaning, rubber-soles have the best grip, helping to prevent falls. You should also wear long sleeves, thick gloves and goggles while cleaning your gutters to prevent dirt and debris from scraping up your skin and getting into your eyes. From animal feces to rotting leaves, there are a lot of gross things that can be in your gutters, which is why we recommend covering your hands and arms to keep them clean and scratch-free.

Reduce Cleaning Time

Another great way to stay safe while cleaning your gutters is to invest in Gutter Guards. By preventing debris from getting into your gutters, you will rarely have to get up on a ladder to perform cleaning, preventing the possibility of an accident from ever happening.

To have Gutter Guards or new gutters installing on your Northern or Central New Jersey home, contact Bell Seamless Gutters at 1-800-597-1616 today!

Sources: http://www.cmmonline.com/articles/229822-gutter-cleaning-tips-that-can-save-your-life.