Monthly Archives: February 2015

Spring Home Maintenance Ideas


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Spring Home Maintenance Ideas Spring is just around the corner and that means lots of yard and home improvement work to be done. Here are just a few ideas of where to start or to help you start your improvement list now. Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time is March 8, 2015. Remember this means that you will set your clock ahead one hour at 2am on Sunday, or if you plan on being in bed before that time (which most of us will be) change it on Saturday Night before heading to bed. Water Hose Check Winter can be tough on your exterior faucets. Check your outside faucets for freeze damage by placing your thumb against the opening and if you can stop the flow of water, you may need to repair or replace a pipe. Also if you did not store your garden hose this winter, it may be best to look out for dry rot. Change/Check Vents, Filters and Batteries Spring is the perfect time to do a routine check-up of all the vents, filters and batteries in and around your home. It may be a good time to start a tradition of checking these small projects. Don’t forget to check the base of your water heater for signs of leaking as well. Clean And Inspect Gutters Spring is one of those times that gutter cleaning is important ( Fall is the second). Clean out all the nasty winter debris from your gutters that could lead to clogged gutters and other issues. While cleaning out your gutters check for loose gutters and leaks. These two problems will lead to improper drainage and along with downspouts that are NOT draining away from the home it can lead to pricing repairs.  Please call a professional, such as Gutters & Guards, Inc. It’s also never too late to think about investing in a Gutter Leaf Guard system for your home. It will help keep your gutters and downspouts from clogging and make cleaning out your gutters much easier.   Inspect Your Roof If you are cleaning your gutters or from the ground, inspect your roof.  If you know that it won’t be long for a replacement roof, start collecting estimates and budget to replace it. Cracked, buckled, loose or  missing granules shingles replaced. Don’t forget to look at all of the accessories such as vents, flashing and other areas where hardware could be in need of replacing or repairing. Please hire a professional to replace your roof. It will be a lot quicker, and safer for you. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #3 – Look For Gutter Leaks


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Look For Gutter Leaks Constantly keeping an eye out for gutter leaks helps keep your gutters in working order.   If you let a gutter leak continue for a extended time it can lead to pricey repairs and a premature gutter system replacement. If you’re a DIY type of person to fix a leak you will need caulk to cover the leak up. Leak is in a seam make sure to scrape the old caulking out and dry the area before re-applying. Not sure or do not feel safe climbing a ladder, please call a professional. It will take less time and you’ll be a lot safer. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Preventing & Clearing Frozen Downspout


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Preventing & Clearing Frozen Downspout Frozen downspout can happen during the dead of winter. If you’re experiencing this problem fear not because we have what is more than likely causing the problem and what you can do to prevent them from being frozen for too long. First of all you might be wonder, ” How does this happen?” Frozen downspouts occur during the winter during or after winter weather occurs. There are a few likely scenarios that can cause ice accumulation in downspouts. If there is a large amount of snow on the ground that is covering the bottom mouth of the downspout. It will cause your downspouts to freeze. Debris in your downspouts can also cause frozen downspouts, as well as elbows of downspouts because the act as a collection point for still water and when the temperatures are cold enough, ice will form. Finally ice dams along the roof can accelerate the freezing of downspouts, if they sit on your roof for too long. “What Should I do?” If it seems like the cold weather won’t be lasting for more than a couple days and you’ve removed all the snow accumulation by the bottom of the downspout, leave the downspout alone. The warmer weather will allow the downspouts to thaw and melt. If you live in an area where you might not see above freezing point for a while you have a couple of options… How To Thaw A Frozen Downspout Fight frozen water with warmer water. If the weather is permitting and you can safely climb a ladder, pour warm water into the top of the downspout. This should be good enough to thaw minor ice buildup and break up the blockage. Another way you can thaw is by running hot water down the OUTSIDE of the downspout near the blocked area. If neither of these ways help, please DO NOT use force by striking your downspout. This could cause more damage than good. Just heating up the downspout will do the trick, at least for melting the ice, it will do nothing if there is a large blockage due to debris ( this is why cleaning your gutters at least twice a year is very important).  If none of these trick help, please call a professional. Having consistently frozen downspout require immediate attention especially if the weather is looking grim in the future. If left unattended this ice may back up all the way to the gutters. Creating an extra weight and leaving more opportunities for leaks and improper drainage to happen. This leads to expensive repairs and a possibility for your gutters to tear away from your home.  “How Can I Prevent This From Happening?” If it’s already too late to protect your gutter, try some of the example we’ve listed above or call a professional, such as Gutters & Guards, Inc. Minimize the chances by wrapping your downspouts with heat tape or using a heated gutter guard. This will also help prevent ice dams in your gutters as well as ice build up in downspouts. Make sure to clean your gutters out at least twice a year to prevent debris build up. When in doubt call the professionals. You can also invest in Gutter Guards. This will keep debris from building up in your gutters & downspouts and cut your gutter cleaning time spent in half. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Preparing For Spring Gutter Cleaning


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Preparing For Spring Gutter Cleaning It’s almost that time again. With winter coming to a close, it’s time to get those spring projects ready to go. An important task like gutter cleaning should be on that list, along with all the other spring cleaning to-do’s such as lawn seeding and prepping your flower beds. The big question that you may find yourself asking is: DIY or hire a professional (a guide to see if you are willing to DIY).  Once you figure out which path you plan on taking, we have a guide on what to do next. Preparing For Spring Gutter Cleaning is an easy job but here are some steps on how to get the ball rolling.   Remember if you have any repair work make sure you are fully equipt to handle the job. If the repairs are too difficult or dangerous ( in a high spot), we urge you to please call a professional. It’s not worth the risk. If you must DIY please take advantage of our ladder safety 101 guide (guide 2). If you are looking for a gutter maintenance and cleaning specialist please contact us! For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #2 – Gutter Downspout Rivets


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Gutter Downspout Rivets Gutter Downspout Rivets. Maintenance is an important part of keeping your home’s gutters in tip-top shape protecting your home from water and other damages. During a routine gutter cleaning or inspection, you should also check out the rivets on the downspout. The tend to be loose or drop out completely, leaving room for your downspouts to leak or clog. Easy fix.   Re-securing the rivets on your downspouts can be done by using a rivet. Some are connected with screws either way both can become loose after time. You can purchase new rivets or screws. A rivet gun at a local hardware store. It shouldn’t cost more than $20 for all your materials. To learn more about the process you can find lots of videos via YouTube. You basically need to set the pop rivet through each drilled hole, place rivet in pop rivet tool, insert tip of tool into hole, and squeeze handles of tool until rivet pops off. Pop rivets will hold section of downspout in place permanently. It’s an easy fix but if you feel unsure about the DIY route, please do not hesitate to call a professional.   For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Damages That A Gutter System Prevents


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Damages That A Gutter System Prevents Damages That A Gutter System Prevents. Gutter systems are important to keeping your home in shape. They not only divert water out and away from your home, it can prevent expensive damages from happening. Common Problems: Foundation PROBLEMS If a gutter system is not working properly this can cause a big problem with your home’s foundation. Which will lead to costly repairs and other damages.  If your gutters and downspouts are not properly guiding all the excess water away from your roof and home. It can leak into your basement and around your foundation. Wood within the foundation to be consistently exposed to water and moisture. This is heaven for termites and another costly repair for you. Water Damages Gutter systems that are not properly working can cause water damages to your siding, fascia, and more. Damages to the roof that can happen when the gutters are clogged can range from shingle loss, sheathing damages or rot and decay of shingles and the roof’s foundation. Your walls/siding are liable for the same types of damages. When water gets behind siding it can get messy and you might not notice it on the outside. It might show on the inside which can mean expensive repairs. Mold & Algae Build-Up Mold build up can be hazardous to you and your families health. Gutters are allowing water to seep into your walls. If the mold turns into black more it can be expensive and difficult to remove. Algae, though not as dangerous as mold, can really bring down your home’s curb appeal. If your siding becomes wet it can lead to algae build up and you’ll have to wash the siding on your home, which can be difficult to remove. A good way to prevent your gutters from clogging is by adding a gutter guard system to your home. We offer a MasterShield Gutter Guard which has a no clog guarantee and allows gutter cleaning to be less frequent and less of a chore. MasterShield is just one of the many gutter guards that we offer. Call us today to learn more about the types of gutter guards we offer. For a free estimate on gutter installation, repairs or gutter leaf guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Gutter Maintenance Tips #1 – Clogged Gutters And Downspouts


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Clogged Gutters And Downspouts A new weekly post we are starting a new weekly post with Gutter Maintenance Tips to help you better maintain your gutter system. If you’re a DIYer and to help spread the word about the importance of gutter maintenance. Gutter Maintenance Tips #1 – Clogged Gutters And Downspouts This week the gutter maintenance tip is on clogged gutters and downspouts. When cleaning your gutters, remember to pay particular attention to the downspouts. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly. This can lead to overflow of debris and water on gutters, mold and algae build up. Eventually if ignored, sagging gutters.   So prevent this make sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year ( once in the spring and once in the fall) or hire a professional (such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.) to do it for you. Gutter maintenance is an important part of homeowner-ship and need to be routinely taken care of. So make sure to prevent costly repairs by maintaining your gutters. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or installing a gutter leaf guard, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and make sure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Winter Lawn Maintenance



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