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What Could Be Hiding In Your Gutters?

November 8th, 2022 | No Comments »

Outside of the two times a year you (should) clean your gutters, it’s likely that you’re not taking a peek at them to see what’s going on. However, if you start hearing scurrying noises, or notice an uptick in bugs- you should investigate.

Many critters love to hide in gutters for various reasons- and it’s great to be prepared for what you may encounter. A Bird nesting in a gutter

 

Bugs

Unsurprisingly, your gutters could be home to many different critters. Especially as temperatures drop, and there’s a buildup of wet leaves.

Some bugs that could be making your gutter their home are:

– Termites. You can tell if there are termites, if there are holes in your wood, or if the wood is spongy.

– Bees such as hornets or wasps. The most telltale sign is that you will likely see the bees, and their nests. Often their nests are in corners, so make sure you get a close look- but not too close!

– Mosquitos. Where there is stagnant water, there are mosquitos.

 

Animals

Animals love to take shelter in gutters since they offer shelter, protection from rain, and can be a good basis for building their home. While these animals can be cute, they are, without a doubt, causing damage to your gutters- which will, in turn, damage your home. Some of these sneaky little critters can be tough to spot- below are a few animals to keep an eye out for (and some signs that they’re there)!

– Mice and rats. Most rodents will build their nest in the downspouts because it’s tighter and more secluded.

– Squirrels and chipmunks. The telltale sign of these animals is hearing their scratches and noises.

– Birds. They often build their nests in your gutters, so you will see their nest and hear their chirps!

There are a few options to prevent birds and other critters, but the most effective way is to install gutter guards. At Bell Seamless Gutters, we not only offer and install gutter guards, but our gutters are in one smooth piece to custom-fit your home.

Seamless gutters don’t clog, allowing up to 50% more water flow, and come in a wide range of color options. We have more than 60 years of industry experience, additional specialties, different color options, and offer rainwater collection services! To find out more or inquire about our services, visit us online or call us at 1-800-597-1616.

Fall Gutter Maintenance

October 14th, 2021 | No Comments »

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons, but it can also be the most treacherous for your gutters. Thankfully, you can protect your gutters by taking certain precautions. Here we discuss the steps you should take to keep your gutters in tip top shape during the fall seasons.

Take safety precautionsman cleaning out fall foliage from gutters

Good fall gutter maintenance is important, but so too is your health. Before you climb up to inspect your gutters, you should also take necessary precautions. This includes wearing proper glove wear and eye protection, as well as using a standalone ladder. If possible, have someone standing at the bottom of the ladder to keep an eye on you.

Remove fall foliage

The biggest problem you’ll have to contend with during the autumn months is fall foliage. While the falling leaves certainly look beautiful, they can easily clog up your gutters. Working your way up from the downspout, check your gutters frequently to make sure that no leaves or debris have fallen in. If you notice that leaves have clogged up your gutters, remove as many as you can.

Check for leaks

Cracks and leaks should be fixed sooner rather than later. Once you’ve cleaned your gutters thoroughly, spray water down them and see if anything leaks out. You should also check the nearby walls and roofing for any cracks as well. During times of heavy rainfall or snowfall, water can overflow from your gutters and seep into the cracks in your wall or roof, damaging the inside of your home.

Bell Seamless Gutters can help you maintain and protect your gutters for the fall months. Contact us today to learn more!

Why Gutter Maintenance is So Important

July 26th, 2021 | 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.

Spring Exterior Home Maintenance 

February 23rd, 2021 | No Comments »

Spring is on the horizon. So, when the snow melts and the sun starts to shine, it becomes 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: Spring Exterior Home Maintenance

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. Afterwards, you can tend to areas that need 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 then 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 just as important to wash the outside as well. Here are a few techniques that you can try. 

Clean the Gutters

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 the spring and again in the fall. . 

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 to learn more about having your home’s gutter system updated 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.