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Gutter Maintenance Tip #27 – Caulk Seams In Gutters


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Caulk Seams In Gutters Inspect seams of gutters during a routine gutter cleaning.  Re-caulk seams in gutters as needed. You can purchase waterproof caulking from someone such as, Gutters & Guards, and it should last. Caulking protects your gutter seams from forming leaks and rust. If you are unsure of how to do this, it may be best to hire a professional. They should have the tools and supplies in stock and will be able to do it in a timely manner. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure 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 #26 – Unclogging Downspouts


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Unclogging Downspouts A clogged downspout can be difficult to fix yourself. If your find yourself with a clogged downspout, we have some tips on how to remove to unclogging downspouts and prevent it from occurring again. What causes a downspout clog? When gutters are not cleaned as often as they should be, it can allow the debris to gather in the downspouts when they are moved by rainwater. Especially when they become moist and more like debris than leaves. Larger debris such as sticks and birds-nests can stop up the downspout and create a clog as well. How to get rid of a clogged downspout? If you know that your downspouts are clogged chances are that you saw water running over them during a rain or you were cleaning your gutters and noticed that the water was draining slowly or not at all. The first step is to take down your downspouts. Once you find what section ( they typically come in 10′ sections) the clog is in and remove the debris. We suggest you wear gloves! You don’t know if a critter is hiding in the debris ( like a rat, bird, squirrel). After all the debris is removed and disposed of, reinstall the downspouts and use a hose (without the nozzle) to give your downspouts a good cleaning. If water is still not draining properly if could be the underground downspouts and that is a LOT more difficult to fix and should only be taken care of by a professional. How can I prevent this from happening again? A good way to prevent downspout clogs from happening is by installing gutter guards. Gutter guards do NOT mean that you never have to clean your gutter again but it does mean you will have to do it less. Our MasterShield products offers a No Clog Guarantee. To learn more about our gutter guard products, please visit our gutter leaf guard page. For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Summer Gutter Care


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Summer Gutter Care Summer is well over halfway over and as the temperatures keep rising and cool with the night thunderstorms, we have to ensure that our gutters are still in proper working order.  We have a few suggestions on summer gutter care to keep your gutter system in perfect working order and prepared for an easier fall gutter cleaning. Deep Clean Gutters This isn’t just a routine gutter cleaning. We suggest you break out the gutter cleaning and really clean your gutters, inside and out. You can use a easy cleaner and an old rag to remove all dirt and grime from your gutters. For tougher stains you may need to use a actual gutter cleaner or call a professional, such as Gutters & Guards, Inc., who can get your gutters looking like new. By doing this, it should be a lot quicker to clean your gutters in the late fall and they’ll be looking good at year long! Look For Damages While cleaning your gutters, it’s always best to look for damages, rust spots, holes, etc. This will allow you to get those problem areas fixed  quickly as possible to prevent larger problem areas or issues. Repair Leaks If you see a leak, best fix it when it’s warmer and not causing too much of an issue. Gutter leaks in the winter can lead to slick-spots for you or your family to slip on. Check Your Roof Inspect your roof for any problem areas that may be causing damage to your roof decking or other issues that can leak to costly repairs. Also pay attention to the amount of shingle granules in your gutters, if it seems like a hefty amount ( view image below) then you may need a roof replacement. Install New Equipment By new equipment, we mean gutter guards. Installing a new gutter guard system this time of year makes it a lot easier than waiting until after fall or next year. Prevent gutter clogs, and minimize gutter cleaning to ensure a quicker cleaning time and ease of mind when it comes to gutter leaks. Let your gutter cleaning worries be behind you! For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Our experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Hail Damaged Gutter : What To Do


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Hail Damaged Gutter : What To Do Hail Damaged Gutter. This time of year hail with thunderstorms is common. Though we may not think that they are very dangerous, the amount of damage they can do is quite amazing. NOAA estimates that in the past 10 years property hail damage has ranged from $482.9 million to $2.96 Billion, and since hail lasts an average of 15 minutes that’s a hail of a lot of damage. Pardon our pun. Hail Storms can damage your roof, automobiles, and other property. The larger the hail the more damage it can cause but even the smallest hail can cause quite the damage. When the wind blows it, not only your roof can be damaged but your gutters as well.  If you encounter this during a hail storm we have some steps you can take to get it fixed. Before Any Storm Take some pictures of your roof as it is now. You’ll want to plan ahead to be consistent about photographing the same 3 to 4 sections of your roof over time. Be sure to digitally date the photos and keep them printed out in your files and stored digitally on an external hard drive. Contact your insurance company and find out how many “impacts per square” constitutes hail damage under your homeowner policy. Generally, it’s between 5-10 impacts per square. Keep this information, along with the contact person’s details with your homeowner policy. After the storm blows over inspect your home and automobile. Look at your roofing shingle, look for dings and damage on your car and gutters (both are metal). For Non Visible Damage Take and date photos of the actual hail from that storm. Keep a file or an Excel spreadsheet that tracks rainfall afterward. Occasionally check your gutters (and photograph them) to stay on top of roof shingle grit deterioration, a key sign that there was damage from the hail storm. Start checking for signs of exposed asphalt in your roof (that used to be covered by shingle grit). If the signs of damage are there, you’ll likely notice them after 4-6 months. At this point, you may want to contact your insurance company. For Visible Damage If the damage is pronounced right at the time of the storm, again, take and date pictures of the actual hail from the event for your records. You may want to ask your insurance company to send out an adjuster to review the damage. Based upon the number of impacts, you may qualify to have your roof replaced under your homeowner policy. If you can show before pictures to the adjuster, you may help set a reference point, again furthering your claim. Hail storms can damage gutters and gutter guard systems too. Hail can come down with such tremendous force.  It can punch a hole right through the gutter. Having to be replaced. If have to replace your gutter guard, it’s a great opportunity to look at the latest advancements and not just replace it with the same product you had in the past. You’ll likely find lots of debris in the gutter, choose a system that will keep out even the shingle grit going forward.   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters &  Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected. Connect with us for daily inspiration, updates and information: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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