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Prepare Gutters for Storms

January 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Prepare Gutters for Storms

When word of a rain or thunderstorm is coming your way, it’s time to spring into action and take the necessary steps to protect your home. All homeowners know there’s a lot of work that goes into taking care of and keeping up a home, and the gutter system is no exception.

By being preventative and taking some precautionary measures to make sure your gutter system is in tip top shape before a storm, you are saving yourself time and money in the long run, avoiding preventable repairs. The key is making sure your gutter system is up to the challenge of what the storm may bring and keeping your home dry. Follow these easy steps to ensure your home stays dry during your next storm.

INSPECTION

It’s important to initially inspect your gutter system, including your gutter guards and downspout, to assess the condition of the system.

TIMING IS KEY

Timing between when you dust off the latter and when the storm is anticipated to arrive is key. Safety should strongly be taken into consideration when making this call. Ideally, you would time it out that it’s on the same day of the storm before it hits, but you need to balance not doing it too far in advance and too close to the storm. Remember, if it seems dangerous or you are unsure for any reason, it’s better to hold off.

TUNE UP TIME

As you inspect your gutter system, keep an eye out for any loose bolts or screws and tighten them as you go. The more secure your gutters are before the storm, the better suited they’ll be when it comes rolling through.

CLEAR ANY CLOGS

Clean your gutter system, including the downspout. Make sure you do a thorough check to ensure the system will work properly, free from any obstacles. To ensure the downspout is clear, spray a hose at a high pressure through the top and bottom. If there are any clogs, a plumber snake should do the trick. If you find any major issues during your inspection, it’s time to call in the professionals: a gutter repair specialist.

For more information about gutter systems and their maintenance, visit Bell Seamless Gutters.

Use Your Gutters to Hang Your Christmas Lights

December 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Our homes depend on our gutters and they prevent our homes from getting severely Use Your Gutters to Hang Your Christmas Lights damaged by water. However, gutters serve am event greater purpose in December.

Gutters help us hang our Christmas lights onto our homes, making them secure and even all the way around the roof.

An important part of hanging your Christmas lights from your gutters is getting accurate measurements before doing so. You’ll need a tape measure to measure to the base of your home along with any peaks, turns, or corners. You should also be measure doors and windows if you plan to wrap the lights around them.

You also need to consider what power source you will use before you get started. For many older homes, power sources are only found indoors and you’ll have to run a cord outside. Most new homes do have power source access from an outside outlet which does make it a bit easier.

You should know how many feet of power cord you will need to make sure that you can plug your lights in.

Before you start climbing up your ladder, make sure you have all of the supplies you need to hang your lights. You’ll need your Christmas lights, Christmas light clips, a timer to set your lights to, adhesive hooks, and a light hanging pole if you have a higher roof or a peak you can’t easily reach.

In properly hang lights from your home, you’ll need to understand your roofline, gutters, and singles.

Light clips come in a wide variety of forms, all of which fit differently depending on your roof, gutter thickness, condition of shingles, etc.  Many light clips also hold different lights so you’ll need to understand which ones to purchase for the lights you’re hanging.

However, light clips do make hanging Christmas lights much easier.

They prevent your gutter from getting damaged, they tightly secure the lights, and they are easy to take on and off as needed. To simplify the process of getting the light into the actual clip, secure the light into the clip before you climb up your ladder so the bulbs don’t get broken and you don’t get unsteady.

Once complete these steps, you’ll be able to plug your lights in and enjoy them for the season.

If you notice any of your bulbs are not working, make sure the bulb is screwed in tightly. If it is, the bulb likely has just burnt out and needs to be replaced.

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