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Gutter Maintenance Tip #37 – Exterior Gutter Cleaning Solution


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Exterior Gutter Cleaning Solution Exterior Gutter Cleaning Solution. The outside of your gutters can accumulate dirt and debris over the years. We suggest that you clean your gutters with the recommended cleaning guidelines provided by the materials. Recommend Cleaning For Gutters & Guards Gutters General Cleaning Using a garden hose to rinse off gutter system to remove dirt and debris. ( I.E. Do NOT use a power washer) Moderate Atmospheric Dirt Use garden hose to rinse off gutter and a soft-bristled brush to remove dirt. ( I.E. Do NOT use a power washer) Heavy Industrial Atmospheric Dirt Wash with same as above but use following solution. 1/3 Cup Detergent ( I.E. Tide) 2/3 Cup Trisodium Phosphate 1 Gallon Water Mildew Accumulation Mildew can be removed by using the basic cleaning solution above and the addition of sodium hypochlorite as follows: 1/3 Cup Detergent ( I.E. Tide) 2/3 Cup Trisodium Phosphate 1 Quart Sodium Hypochlorite 5% Solution ( I.E. Clorox) 3 Quarts Water CAUTION: Do not exceed recommended concentrations of cleaners. Doing so can cause damage to products surface. Avoid skin & eye contact with solution. Test any cleaner on an inconspicous area before applying to major areas. Do NOT use or mix sodium hypochlorite with other household chemicals or products containing ammonia; Doing so will release hazardous gases. Do not saturate window or door openings when cleaning your product. Tip: To minimize streaking, always clean from the bottom to the top and follow with a rinsing of clear water. Excessive scrubbing is unnecessary, can be harmful to the products, and may cause undesirable glossy areas over the finish. TIP: Pay particular attention to areas under eaves, porches, awnings, and other overhangs that have limited exposure to the natural washing effect of rainfall. 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #35 – Tree Branch Gutter Damages


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Tree Branch Gutter Damages Tree Branch Gutter Damages are more likely to happen in the winter. Due to the fact of snow and ice weighing down the already brittle branches of a tree. It’s always a safe bet to trim back the branches that loom over your home in the fall. We suggest that you do this BEFORE you clean out your gutters for the last time. Small twigs will probably find their way into your gutters during this process. If at all possible try to plan both the tree trimming and gutter cleaning with a day or so to not allow twigs to set on your gutters for too long. 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 Tip #34 – Rust Spot Removal


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Rust Spot Removal Gutter maintenance does require climbing up to your gutters. Not only to make sure that they are free of debris. Inspect your gutter to ensure no damages have occurred. If you notice a maintenance issue such as rust, holes, or a leaky joint. Try to DIY or hire a professional to take care of it for you. Choose to DIY, please make sure to follow all ladder safety rules and never put yourself a dangerous situation just to save a few dollars. If you find minor rust damage you can easily scrub it away with a wire brush. If the rust has gone on for too long it can create holes. A trickier fix. Though aluminum gutters do not rust they are easier to puncture than a steel gutter. Ask a professional about which course of action would be best for treating the hole.   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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Heated Gutter Guards


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Heated Gutter Guards Winter is approaching and that means that snow and other nasty winter weather on its way as well. Live in an area where snow is a constant problem? Clogged gutters causing terrible damage or your gutters are prone to icicles and ice dams due to poor insulation or yo-yo weather. Heated gutter guards may be your answer. How does it work? Well our MasterShield gutter guards work by heating with a self-regulating heat cable ( constant wattage heat cable). This means you can heat an area as small as over an entrance way or entire gutter run and it will prevent ice in your gutters and ice dams from freezing solid, allowing water flow through gutters and preventing ice gutter clogs. MasterShield’s Ice Shield Heated Gutter Guards offer a stress-free way to heat your gutters in the winter that doesn’t require you to change your current set up, allows for all year use and still keeps all organic debris out! The heated area on Ice Shield Heated Gutter Guards does not interfere with the room allotted for rain water intake. It allows heat to radiate and keeps it efficient. Water will not damage it unless there is a rip or tear in the cable. All the benefits of traditional Mastershield gutter guard product included and the great warranty! Contact Gutters & Guards today to get a free estimate and get the process of clean gutters started! For more information about the heated gutter guard we offer, check out MasterShield’s website! 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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Fall Gutter Cleaning Special


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Fall Gutter Cleaning Special Fall Gutter Cleaning Special. This fall say good by to gutter debris by. We are offering 15% off a residential gutter cleaning. Give our office a call to schedule a FREE estimate.  Making sure clean gutters in the fall is a very important chore to do in the fall. Learn more about the importance of a clean gutter on our previous blogs posts. 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 #33 – Prepping Gutters For Fall


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Prepping Gutters For Fall Prepping Gutters For Fall. Fall is pretty much here. That means that the days are getting shorts, the weather is getting colder, and leaves are falling. While fall foliage is beautiful, it can be a pain to clean out of your gutters and yard. It’s also an essential task that must be done before winter hits to help prevent winter-time damages from occurring. The first and most important task to do is to clean your gutters. If this is not done at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, it can let winter wreck havoc on your gutters and roof. From terrible clogs that cause overflowing snow melt water to ice dams that can cause leaks and slides off of your roof damaging whatever lies below.  If you find yourself too busy or not having the right tools for cleaning out your gutters, give a professional a call to get a quote. (Gutters & Guards, Inc has FREE estimates) After making sure that your gutters are cleaned and ready for winter. Check to make sure there are no repairs that are needed. Look for loose gutter spikes and hangers because if your area gets snow that can stick around for a few days, it can put a lot of strain on your gutter guards. If everything is looking good, consider adding gutter guards. Find yourself cleaning out your gutters more than twice a year. Gutter guards will cut back the amount of times you have to clean out your gutters and cut back gutter cleaning time as well. View the many options we at Gutters & Guards, Inc offer and call to get a free estimate today! 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #32 – Gutter Clog Removal


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Gutter Clog Removal Gutter Clog Removal. A clean gutter can keep your home in working order. We suggest that you clean your gutters at least twice a year, more if you have lots of trees around your home. Gutter clog removal can be a task you have to take care of if your gutters do not have covers and the amount of debris is greater than the amount of times you clean your gutters. We have a few tips on how to remove the few different types of gutter clogs. Gutter Clog At The Downspout Opening Remove all debris from gutters and downspout opening. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. You never know what can be hiding in your gutter debris. Once you have the gutter clean, run some water through it to see if actual downspout is clogged. If so please see Downspout Clog removal. Gutter Clog By Loose Hanger And/Or Spike 1. Remove all debris from gutters and downspout opening. Make sure to wear gloves and protective eyewear. 2. Reposition or repair the gutter supports as needed. You may want a professional to do this because it can be a tricky job to do. Gutter Clog At Downspout 1. Try to free the obstruction with a stick, plumbing snake, or pressure washer outfitted with a telescoping wand. 2. If you can’t reach it, simply disassemble the downspout and remove the clog. For more help on this job, please view our previous blog on downspout clog removal. Gutter Clog In Underground Downspout This is a tricky clog to unclog because the pipe is underground and can be crushed or damaged by tree roots, it could need a complete replacement or it could be an easy fix by just being clogged at the place where the pipe and downspout meets. To figure out what needs to be done, remove the boot of the bottom of the downspout to see the opening of the underground downspout area. Remove visible debris. Turn on a garden hose and force it into the underground portion of the line; the water pressure may dislodge the clog. If this does not seem to work, call a professional. They will have tools and will be able to assess the damage better. If you do not have the time or confidence in removing some of these clogs please call a professional. 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #31 – Using Large Downspout Smaller Gutter


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Using Large Downspout Smaller Gutter Using Large Downspout Smaller Gutter. The main goal of your gutter system is to collect the rain water from your roof, rush it down the downspout and away from your home.  Using large downspout on smaller gutter might be your answer. In some cases we have used a larger (3×4) downspout on a regular 5″ gutter to help all that water flow faster and prevent overflow from occurring. If you see that your gutters are constantly overflowing around the downspout area and you’ve checked for a clog, this may be the solution. Consult with a professional  (such as Gutters & Guards, Inc.) for their opinion. Let your gutter cleaning worries be behind you! 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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Trapped Roof Debris


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Keeping debris from our gutters is a tough job. Trapper roof debris  is a leaf guard issue whether it sits over or on your guard. What we mean by trapped roof debris is debris that gets stuck on certain areas of your roof, such as a valley or low-pitched roof. Issues like this will cause debris to move slowly and glacier-like down your roof and over a gutter guard. Clogging your gutter in the process. Low pitched roofs are more likely to collect debris so it’s important to clean your roof off before you clean your gutters twice a year. It not only protects your gutters from clogging but it’s gives your roof a longer life. Roof Valleys are another spot where roof debris will gather. Air flow is often restricted so a good gust of wind will not be there to help. Gutter debris will often gather at the gutter guard valley too. This debris should be cleaned out at least twice a year and if you can manage it more in the spring because that dense, wet debris will build up after spring rains. If you have a gutter that runs into an exterior wall, this is another place that trapped roof debris collects. ( View image below to see what we are talking about). Like the valleys there isn’t enough air flow to blow the debris away. Debris found here can also cause problems with your home as well, and not just the gutters. View Rempfer Construction Post about common rot areas on the exterior of the home. There is not fix-all solution if you have this problem. The best thing you can do is clean off your roof every-time you clean your gutters and monitor these problem areas. If you have a roof that is very high up or steep, please call a professional. Cleaning debris from these areas will give you a better performance from gutter guard and extend the lifetime of your gutters and roof.     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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #30 – How To Dispose Of Gutter Debris


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How To Dispose Of Gutter Debris Part of the gutter cleaning process is disposing of the gutter debris. How to dispose of gutter debris properly can be done in a couple different ways. Remember that all types of stuff can find it’s way into the gutters. The craziest item we’ve ever heard of is a Barbie doll, but that’s the craziest item ever found in a gutter. Great ways to dispose of gutter debris is by using it for compost, as long as it is mostly tree debris it makes a great compost. If you find toys (such as Frisbee, balls, etc) or deceased animals, please dispose of and do not use for compost. Another way that is can be disposed of is by a city debris pick up. Lynchburg City has a week in November that gives homeowners the chance to dispose of debris such as gutter debris, leaves and other debris that the trash collectors will pick up to be disposed of. Lastly if you have a professional clean the gutters they should dispose the debris for you. Make sure to confirm this with them during the quote process. We, at Gutters & Guards, remove all debris from site. It is stated in our estimates that we give with each job. 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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