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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.

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.

Fall Cleaning Is Just as Important as Spring Cleaning

September 28th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

107_inspection20Last week marked the official start of fall and, unfortunately (for some), the official end of summer. Now we know that many of you aren’t looking forward to the change in weather, to the dark days ahead, but we assure you that fall is one of the best seasons. But you probably don’t need any convincing. We mean, who hates the fall? Not many.

 

Whether you enjoy the smell of pumpkin pie or enjoy the taste of apple cider, there really is something for everyone in the fall. We have to simply say one word and people, young and old alike, get all into a tizzy: Halloween. That being said, you shouldn’t dress up your home in a costume; you have to face the reality of it and that means making sure it is in top working order. You shouldn’t things around the house, such as your gutters. Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning, according to this article in the Pocono Record.

 

Amy Leap writes, “Although it is a job most homeowners wish they could ignore, cleaning out the gutters is crucial to your [sic] the health of your house. If the gutters are not cleaned out properly, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters and then spill over and puddle on the ground around your foundation. If it does, it can seep into your basement or crawlspace.”

 

If you’re a homeowner, it would be wise to consider the seasonal effects on your house. This might include everything from extra rain or even frost in some parts of the country. Fall isn’t as bad as winter of course, but it’s best to prepare in advance for what is sure to be a strange season of weather. Contact Bell Seamless Gutters with any questions you might have.

Cleaning Your Gutters in the Summer

June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

5240886_SWe hope you had a relaxing and fun Memorial Day weekend. Now that that holiday has come and gone, it means that summer is right around the corner. For some, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Regardless of where you stand on the unofficial and official start of summer, the season is here whether you like it or not.

That being the case, you might not want to think of yard work or other activities that might result in sweating and hurt backs. After all, summer should be relaxing, and we get that, but summer should be a time of rejuvenation and self-improvement, taking that rebirth feeling from spring and multiplying it by ten. Consider cleaning your gutters, especially if you didn’t do it the season before.

With erratic weather and the amount of rainfall happening in all parts of the country, it’s wise to make sure your gutters are up to snuff and working properly, and that means making sure they’re not clogged up with even the smallest backup. Things smaller than leaves will wreak havoc on your gutter system if it’s not properly maintained. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul, just make sure there’s nothing obvious going wrong.

Or you can rely on the professionals at Bell Seamless Gutters to make sure everything is ok! Remember, summer is a time of self-improvement, feeling healthy and refreshed, in cleaning out the gutters of your life. We think it’s time to remove the stuff that’s backing you up. Contact us today.