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Preparing Your Gutters For Storms

December 28th, 2012 | No Comments »

Broken Gutter and Debris in NJ

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In the past, we covered what the purpose of downspouts actually is, and why it is so important. They direct the water away from your house to avoid water damage to basements and foundations. However, when we face excess snow and rain, the downspouts cannot carry the water far enough from your foundation and the gutters can only hold so much rain.

Prepare for storms by employing a drainage pipe to extend your downspout. You will have to dig a trench in which to lay the drainage pipe, and then you can fill the trench with new soil.

Check for loose siding and shingles, if the wind is strong enough these could end up in your gutters, filling it with debris and causing floods. Tree branches, small garden tools, and dirt could also prove dangerous, so ensure the whole exterior of your home is clear.

Replacing gutters increases the value of your home

December 21st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Gutters increase the value of your home

The real estate market favors buyers with being able to find homes at low prices, but it does not necessarily mean your home will sell quickly. Real estate agents have been pushing clients to upgrade certain areas of their home to attract potential buyers.

To get a return on your investment, one way to help make your house stick out to buyers is by thoroughly examining your gutters. Having nice and clean gutters gives your home an attractive look. Gutters with dents, rust, cracks and holes can be an eye sore, regardless of how nice your landscaping looks.

If you find that your gutters have any of the above, think about replacing them. The initial cost will be well worth it when you have multiple bids placed on the sale of your home.

Seamless gutters prove to be an effective gutter for functionality and appeal. Seamless gutters have smooth edges with no breaks every few feet where debris and rust can build up. Plus, gutters of a fresh, new color will enhance and compliment the exterior.

Remember, potential buyers have to enter your house from the outside. Don’t put yourself in the predicament of people not even wanting to step into the house because the outside looks atrocious.

Snow and ice in your gutters?

December 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

At Bell Seamless Gutters, we hope you did a fall maintenance checkup on your gutters or else you could be experiencing ice in your gutters.  This will weigh down the gutters and could possibly cause them to collapse.  Snow and ice will build up if your gutters are full of fall foliage.

Not only did Superstorm Sandy knock out power for millions, the storm also demonstrated to us that some homeowners in the region aren’t properly maintaining their houses.  This includes many things such as plumbing, landscaping, but in our case, gutters.  It’s obvious that many area homes took a beating, in many ways.

Gutters will fall apart if not properly maintained.  The water needs to flow smoothly and uninterrupted. If your gutters are acting up now, chances are you didn’t check up on them in the fall.  Don’t worry though.  We’ll gladly inspect them and if your gutters are like the Arctic, we’ll help fix it.  We’ve been doing this for well over 55 years.  We’ve seen it all.  Your gutters don’t scare us.  If you’re in the New Jersey area, give us a call at 1-800-597-1616.

Gutter maintenance: earthworms rising to the top

December 6th, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Gutter worms

How did worms get in my gutters?

How did worms get in my gutters?  You may be wondering how worms got in your gutters.  At Bell Seamless Gutters, we wonder the same thing.  It’s an inconvenience, for sure.  You may have even found a bunch of them in your gutters.  Like other debris, worms can clog up gutters.  They should be dealt with immediately.  There should be gutter maintenance and repair.  Still, how did worms get up there?

Gutter worms are one of life’s lesser-discussed mysteries.  They don’t have wings, so they didn’t fly up there.  They’re not the brothers and sisters of raindrops, so they didn’t fall from the sky.  Did they just magically appear?  No, of course not.  What’s the answer then?

Um, there really isn’t one.  Some blame birds and their avian appetites; sparrows, robins, cardinals, finches, and so forth dropping them while in flight.  Perhaps these birds were about to eat them and, in their hungered excitement, dropped them.  Who hasn’t accidentally dropped food?

There’s even speculation that gutter worms are the product of a bird’s bowel movements, after having ate a pregnant worm.  The eggs still survive and take a road trip of sorts and with the help of rain, end up in the gutters.  You may find this rather…disgusting.

If gutters aren’t properly maintained and cleaned, they become hazardous and harmful.  Worms are only the tip of the iceberg.  With that said, it’s nice to think that even a lowly earthworm can make it to the top, even if it’s because of a goofy bird and its insatiable appetite.  In a way, it’s a rags to riches story and at Bell Seamless Gutters, we love those stories!

*Image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil

Welcome to Bell Seamless Gutters’ Blog

August 15th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Welcome to Bell Seamless Gutters’ blog! We have provided Morris County gutter installation since 1956, and we look forward offering tips and general advice on this blog.

You may not be aware of the ways that a new gutter can help your home. You may even know that you need a new gutter, but you don’t know much about gutters, downspout diverter installation, gutter covers, etc. So, we want to offer information, here, on a regular basis, to help you in your gutter repair and installation endeavors.

Since our inception, Bell Seamless Gutters has only performed this service. This sort of specialization ensures that you receive the best service possible, and it allows us to customize services to fit your budget and general needs.

So, keep checking in for tips on gutter repair, installation and gutters in general. Leave a comment or contact us if you have any questions!