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Beware of “Salting” Your Gutters This Winter

January 12th, 2018 | No Comments »

Beware of “Salting” Your Gutters This WinterAre you looking for ways to control snow and ice buildup in your gutter system this winter? If so, you may have heard that “salting” your gutters can help. This process typically involves filling socks or cloth bags with rock salt, and then laying them inside your gutters to help melt ice and snow. This might seem like a good idea, but unfortunately it can actually do more harm than good. Today we’ll look at a few good reasons to think twice about using rock salt in your gutter system.

It Can Corrode Gutters

Because the interior surfaces of your gutter system aren’t painted, they’re vulnerable to corrosion from rock salt. When water and salt wash through your home’s gutters, the solution will eventually chew holes straight through to the bottom. This will effectively render your gutters useless and force you to make repairs in the spring.  

It Can Kill Vegetation

Rock salt is also toxic to grasses and other vegetation. If your downspout discharges a salt water solution into your lawn, you could wind up with large patches of dead grass in the spring. If it discharges near shrubs or a flowerbed, it could also undo some of your landscaping efforts.

It Can Damage Concrete Surfaces

Rock salt can also accelerate wear on concrete sidewalks and driveways. If your downspouts don’t discharge far enough away from your home, a salt water solution could even damage your home’s concrete foundation.

Ultimately, salting your gutters is not a viable solution to snow and ice buildup. Instead, take steps to prevent ice damming on your roof and consider installing gutter guards to prevent solid debris from accumulating in your gutters during the winter.

What Can You Do to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof?

December 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

What Can You Do to Prevent Ice Dams on Your Roof?Ice dams are one of the most common causes of roof and gutter damage during the winter. Ice dams typically form near a home’s roofline as a result of residual heat in the attic. The heat from the attic causes snow and ice on top of the roof to melt, but when the water runs down the roof and reaches the edge, it stops and re-freezes. The resulting ice can then trap more water, and ultimately lead to huge, heavy ice dams that pose a threat to your roof and gutter system. The good news is, there are a few steps you can take to prevent ice dams from developing on your roof this winter.

Prevent heat buildup in the attic.

On cold days, it’s important to keep heat contained in your home and prevent it from building up in the attic. Keep attic doors closed, and consider having your attic inspected for sources of heat loss such as gaps in drywall and spaces around light fixtures. These gaps should be sealed to maintain a consistent temperature in the attic.

Check your insulation.

In addition to sealing your attic space, you should also be sure to inspect the condition of your attic’s insulation. If there isn’t enough insulation, or if the insulation is worn and damaged, the attic will be more likely to experience extreme temperature fluctuations. This, in turn, can make your roof more prone to ice dam buildup.

Make sure the attic is properly ventilated.

Do you have enough vents in your attic? If not, warm air might be getting trapped there on cold days. Proper ventilation can help maintain the temperature equilibrium in your attic, thereby preventing the roof from warming up and generating ice dams. As a general rule of thumb, you should have 1 square foot of vent space for every 300 square feet of attic floor space.

If your gutter system is damaged by ice dams this winter, the team at Bell Seamless Gutters can help. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about our repair and replacement services today!

This Year, Prevent Winter Gutter Damage in a Few Easy Steps

October 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »

This Year, Prevent Winter Gutter Damage in a Few Easy StepsThe winter season can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home. The freezing-cold temperatures and snow can damage everything from sidewalks to roofing, and winter can be especially harsh on your home’s gutters. If you aren’t careful, you might even need to replace portions of your gutter system in the spring. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep your gutters safe this winter.

Clean your gutters in the fall.

During the fall, your home’s gutters can get clogged up with leaves, twigs and other debris. If left unchecked, these clogs can cause water to back up in your gutters and allow large ice dams to form in the winter. Clean your gutters in the fall to prevent ice dams from forming and doing serious damage to your gutter system.

Prevent snow from building up on your roof.

If possible, don’t let large amounts of snow sit on your roof for weeks at a time. At the very least, you can use a roof rake to knock off snow that accumulates near your gutter system. Keeping your gutters free of snow will help them to do their job more effectively and prevent damage during the winter.

Inspect your roof and gutters regularly.

Keep an eye on your roof and gutters throughout the course of the year. If you spot any gutter sections that are pulling away from your home or falling off, call your local gutter company to have them repaired sooner rather than later. This way, you can rely on your gutter system to function effectively when you need it most.

Do your gutters need to be repaired before winter sets in? Bell Seamless Gutters can help. Give us a call today at (800) 597-1616 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about all our seamless gutter options.

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.