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Spring Exterior Home Maintenance 

May 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

Now that spring is here, it is 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: 

 

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. After the lawn is mowed you can tend to areas that need attention with 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 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 important to maintain them on the outside as well. There are a few different ways to wash your outside windows, here is a list of five easy ways to clean them

 

This is a very important step to maintaining your home. 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 spring and again in the fall. . 

Here is how to clean your gutters: 

Supplies: 

  • Extendable Ladder
  • Heavy Duty Gloves
  • Tarp 
  • Gutter Scoop or Small Shovel 
  • Helper/ Spotter 
  1. Start by placing the ladder against your home. Be sure the ladder is on even ground. Have someone stand at the base of the ladder to hold it steady and ensure your safety. 
  2. Slowly climb the ladder and take your time scooping any gunk out of your gutters. Drop it on the tarp so it doesn’t create a larger mess on your driveway and lawn. Cover as much gutter as you can without reaching. Move the ladder as you clean around the gutters so you don’t have to stretch. 
  3. Once you have completed the whole perimeter of your house, rinse your gutters with the hose to flush out any remaining debris.

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 online to learn more about having your home’s gutter system updated or serviced at your Central New Jersey home or business.

Keep These Ladder Safety Tips in Mind When Cleaning Gutters

April 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

Cleaning Gutters on LadderGetting ready to do some spring gutter cleaning? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll need to use a ladder. But before you climb a ladder to clean your gutters, there are a few basic safety guidelines you should keep in mind to prevent accidents and injuries.

Stay off the ladder when you don’t feel well or when the weather is bad.

If you’re tired or dizzy on the day you plan to clean out your gutters, you should consider postponing the job for another day. You may be more susceptible to losing your balance and falling off the ladder when you’re not feeling well. You should also stay off the ladder whenever it’s windy or stormy outside; accidents are more likely to happen in inclement weather.

Wear slip-resistant shoes.

It’s also important to be mindful of your choice of footwear when climbing a ladder. You should never wear sandals, unlaced sneakers or any shoes with slippery bottoms. It’s best to wear a pair of sneakers with soles that are advertised as being slip-resistant. This will help you maintain a secure footing as you move up and down the ladder.

Inspect your ladder for signs of wear and tear.

Make sure your ladder is in good working order before cleaning out your gutters. Inspect all of its joints and moving parts to make sure they’re securely in place. You should also check the ladder’s weight restrictions to make sure it can support the weight of both you and your cleaning equipment.

Place your ladder on firm, level ground.

The condition of the ground you place your ladder on is just as important as the condition of the ladder itself. The ground supporting your ladder should firm, level and dry. You should also recruit a friend or family member to stand at the bottom of the ladder and keep an eye out for signs of trouble as you climb.

If you’re tired of cleaning debris out of your gutters every spring and fall, you might want to consider investing in gutter guards as well! To learn more about how gutter guards can help keep twigs, leaves and other refuse out of your gutters, give us a call or contact us online today!

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.