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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.

New Year’s Resolution: Gutter Replacement

December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Gutter ServicesOur grandparents and our parents cleaned the gutters with the season change. So, when we got our first place, we did it too. But have you ever wondered how bad it could actually get if you didn’t make the extra effort? What happens if you just skip the chore this year? The answer is: nothing good. Here’s a short list of potential problems associated with neglecting gutter maintenance.

The most common issue is with the gutters themselves cracking under the weight of debris and leaking. Leaks can cause mold and rotting that, in turn, can cause the entire gutter system to fall from the house, a costly effect.

The next common issue is that the drains can become so clogged with debris or ice in the winter that snow or water can accumulate on the roof. This can cause serious damage to the roof itself, leading to leaks into living areas or even partial cave-ins.

If the gutters are so filled that the water is diverting to the basements or foundations, the basement may fill with water or wooden foundations may rot. This is potentially the most expensive result of unmaintained gutters. If the foundation is not made of wood, water collecting in cracks may expand during the winter, leading to severe mold growth.

Where moisture builds up, insects swarm. Carpenter ants, roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, and even termites can collect in the gutters or in cracks caused by leaking.

To avoid issues like these, contact Bell Seamless Gutters today!

Source: http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/1009181/what-happens-when-you-dont-clean-your-gutters

Gutter Cleaning and Repair

December 10th, 2014 | No Comments »

107_inspection20Cleaning your gutters is hands down one of the most tedious chores there is. You have to lug the ladder out of the shed or from under that pile of holiday lights in the garage. Then you’ve got to set it up, climb, remove two handfuls of leaves, climb down, shift the ladder over two inches, and repeat around the perimeter of your house. And let’s be honest, you don’t start the process until just after the first frost, so the ladder’s going to be slipping all over the place and your fingers will be freezing. It’s not a nice way to spend an afternoon.

So why doesn’t everyone just use gutter guards? The short answer is because gutter guards are not foolproof and all gutter guards work a little differently.  Not all gutters are created equal, so here’s a short guide to figure out if guards will work at your home, and if so which type to invest in.

There are six basic types of guard: mesh, reverse curve, non-gutter covers, bottlebrush, nylon, and foam. Mesh guards are pretty self-explanatory. They’re a mesh wire covering that connects to the roof and allows water to fall into the gutters while catching debris on top. Reverse curve guards direct water into the gutters and leaves down toward the ground. Non-gutter covers actually take the place of gutters and add a set of thin louvers to take rain away from your roof. Bottlebrush covers half bristles that stick out, catching debris a few inches from the surface of the gutters and allowing water to trickle through. Nylon guards attach directly to the gutters and are hardy enough to withstand large quantities of ice and snow. Foam guards are similar to nylon, but made of foam.

Take a look at the weather conditions your gutters need to withstand, as well as the slope of your roof before investing in guards. And for all of your gutter needs, contact Bell Seamless Gutter!

Source: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/materials/gutter-guards.htm

The Benefits of Using Seamless Gutters

February 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

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The use of seamless gutters is becoming increasingly popular for many homeowners. Due to their ease and functionality, and their overall attractive appearance, seamless gutters are an obvious better choice, for their high quality design, and for the look and appeal of your home.

 

Seamless gutters have many advantages over traditional gutters; such as greatly lessening the chance of leaks. Traditional gutters must be attached to each other, piece by piece, which can leave spaces for rain to fall through. They are also easier to install; and many handy DIY’ers will find it simple to install seamless gutters, but for most people, professional installation insures that they are installed correctly.

 

Quality gutters are highly important because they protect the foundation of your home, by directing rainwater away from the foundation.

 

The benefits of using seamless gutters over traditional gutters are numerous. Here are just a few of the most important advantages.

 

  • Seamless gutters are far more attractive and add great visual appeal to the outside of your home.

 

  • They are more tailored to the look of your home, because seamless gutters are installed with exact measurements.

 

  • Most importantly, they help to reduce the chance of rain leaks, which can cause erosion of the gutters and create puddle and trenches in the ground below the gutters.

 

  • Seamless gutters are more easily and quickly installed because unlike traditional gutters, each piece does not need to be fastened to the other. There are some seams at the corners and the downspouts only, they are very securely sealed to greatly reduce the chance for leaks.

 

  • Most seamless gutters come with an enamel finish, so there is no need for painting.

 

  • And seamless gutters can come in many colors, so you can choose a color that best matches your home.

 

 

Gutter Guards: Give Your Gutters an Assist

January 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Gutters are an essential part of maintaining your house, and keeping them free of leaves and other debris is one of the ways you optimize gutters’ performance. True, cleaning and clearing your gutters can be a dirty job, but it is a simple one and you will not regret devoting this time to your home’s overall maintenance.

 

Using gutter guards helps insure that leaves, wood and other kinds of debris don’t clog up your gutters and they are easy to install. The different kinds of gutter guards available to you give you a good variety  to choose from and you will surely find one that works well for your home.

 

  • Reverse Curve gutter guards keep rainwater flowing down the gutter and help leaves fall to the ground.

 

  • Nylon gutter guards are mostly for snow and ice accumulation during the winter months and fit right inside the gutter without having to be attached to your home’s shingles.

 

  • Bottle brush gutter guards keep debris on top while still allowing water to flow down the gutter.

 

  • Mesh gutter guards are metal sheets with holes in them – the smaller the better – used for catching debris and still letting water run cleanly through the gutter.

 

  • Plastic foam gutter guards are installed inside the gutter and sift out roof debris while permitting the free fall of rainwater.

 

Ask a professional which type of gutter guard is the best fit for your home’s needs. The surrounding environment – trees, buildings and the like – will be a factor in deciding which gutter guard is right for you. Using gutter guards is a way of helping your gutters do their job keeping your house safe and in good condition.