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Gutter Maintenance Tip #38 – Trapped Water In Gutter


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Trapped Water In Gutter Trapped Water In Gutter. Have you noticed that a gutter has been trapping water? The cause could be a couple different issues. We going to explain what to look for and how to fix it. If you’re gutter is trapping water, there are a couple different issues that could be causing it. The first is a clogged gutter. We suggest that you clean out your gutters two times a year and more if you live in an area where there are a lot of trees. Leaves can cover the opening to the downspout and trap water in your gutter. So make sure to keep your gutters free to debris and if it becomes too much of a job hire a professional and install gutter guards. The second issue is your gutters being improperly pitched. We suggest that you give this one to the professionals. It may seem easy but this one is best left to the professionals. Gutters do not sit straight at a 90 degree angle. A professional can get the right angle and you won’t have to climb a ladder and balance at the same time. 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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Heating Solutions


Heating Solutionsfor your gutters. Heating Solutions. This time of year with the leaves falling, so does the temperature. As we kick on the heaters and bring out the extra blankets there are always ways to cut back on how much you spend keeping warm. There are a few myths that we are going to explore and help you find the best solution for you and your wallet. Myth: Turning the heat off during the day is the best way to conserve energy. This can be too risky due to the fact that completely turning off the heat will let the temperature drop and can leave your pipes more room to burst. Instead invest in a programmable thermostat. During the winter schedule your thermostat to drop to 68 degrees when you’re home or lower when you are sleeping or away. You can save money this way. Myth: Wood-Burning Fireplaces will reduce your heating bills. Fireplaces are meant to heat small intimate areas not large areas. There are fireplaces designed to heat but most of it comes from a central furnace. In most cases a heater is going to be the best choice from a thermal performance POV. If you do use your fireplace to heat a smaller area make sure to have it inspected once a year. Myth: Portable Space Heaters Hog Energy. If you live in a poorly insulated home, space heaters can be an energy-efficient option to heat a small area.  Some older homes do not come with central heating and a portable space heater is the best solution for heating up a space that you are frequenting. Do some research to find the best heater for you. If you home already has central heating, an portable heater can help save money if you turn down the home’s main heating system. Use it in the family room at night if your family gathers in one room for a few hours, but remember to follow safety rules like the 3ft zone rule or never leaving the heater unattended. Don’t forget to use eletric heating blankets if Myth: Having cold feet is just part of enduring the winter. Cold feet may actually be a sign that your home isn’t weatherized properly. If you feel any drafts along the floor, try to weatherstrip, caulk or seal any cracks. Also make sure that the heating vents aren’t blocked by furniture or any other objects. Consider buying an air deflector. And don’t overlook the obvious: Wear socks and slippers around the house. If you have ceiling fans, remember to switch to winter mode. For help with draft windows, or doors, give our sister company  Rempfer Construction a call.  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 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 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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