Gutter Repair

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One chore that is constantly on the list of things to do around the home is gutter repair. Repairing the gutters as needed and maintaining the gutters is one of the ways you can keep expenses of owning a home down. It’s not always easy to be motivated to clean and maintain the gutters but a little time invested in it and you will reap the benefits.

Tips for Maintaining Gutters

Gutters need to be maintained so that they don’t need to be repaired constantly. It’s very important that regular maintenance be performed, even though it is on your days off. In the long run, your efforts will save you money in the future. During the rainy season, you will be feel better knowing that your gutters are not clogged with leaves and debris that could separate your gutters or redirect the water down to your foundation. Here’s what you need to know about maintenance of gutters:

  • Clean and unclog your gutters: When you take the time to clean the debris that clogs up your gutters, you allow the rain to run smoothly down the spouts and redirect it from the foundation of your home, saving you lots of money in home repairs. A little time and they can be cleaned and running free.
  • Mark regular gutter checks on your calendar so you don’t forget to do it. You can’t stop the rain but you can make it easier to flow from the top of your home down to the ground. Check for any loose nails and panels that could indicate a separation is going to occur in the future. If they are loose, any amount of rain or ice is going to cause a problem.
  • Check the downspouts: The downspouts are going to redirect the rain from the roof to somewhere away from your home’s foundation. If you notice that the downspouts are separated somewhere, then it will need to be fixed as soon as possible in order to avoid the water going to the driveway, the porch, or even your landscape.
  • Edges need to be in place. Over time, the edges are usually the first part of the gutter system that comes loose and separates. Keeping a close watch on the edges and ensuring that they are supported correctly will ensure that water flows where it’s supposed to go.

Common Gutter Repairs

The main job of the gutter system is to collect the rain water and direct it off the roof and down away from the home to avoid any damage. Water damage can occur over a long period of time. In order to direct the water away from your home, the gutter system will need to be repaired. It is best to work with a licensed and insured company like Gutters & Windows to ensure that only licensed and trained technicians work on them. The rain gutter repairs include:

  • Replacing or repairing any loose gutter parts or parts that may be missing. These need to be repaired as quickly as possible in order to avoid further damage done to the structure of your home.
  • Leaks: The weather that includes strong winds, harsh storms, and lots of rain can work a part of the gutter system loose. It’s important that the gutters be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Due to wear and tear: If your home is located in a climate the leaves your gutters exposed to extreme heat in the summer and cold frigid temperatures during the winter, then you can expect the normal wear and tear of your gutter system over time. Regularly servicing your gutters can be vital in a long term gutter system.
  • Downspouts break over time. Downspouts are the curved elbow looking parts that you can find attached at the bottom of the gutter. The purpose of the downspouts is to allow water to deposit away from the homes structure, normally into some type of vegetation or vessel. If these downspouts become broken, the water will flow directly into a puddle around the house. Depending on the climate, the water puddle can remain causing the water to become stagnant and contaminated, which welcomes inspects to breed. This is the main reason why you should repair downspouts immediately.

Follow these basic maintenance tips to keep your gutters looking their best and functioning like new. Immediate gutter repairs help in extending the life of the gutter system and saving you money on home repairs.

Gutter Cleaning

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Every home needs to have some type of gutter system. Gutters are important because they direct the water away from the structure of the home. However, it requires periodic maintenance if you want to avoid clogged gutters due to the debris that falls into them. You need debris free gutters so that when it rains, the water flows away from the walls and the foundation, without causing any harm to the structure of the home. Some of the most common issues that can happen with clogged gutters include:

  • Water damage: If gutters become clogged, the water that falls onto the roof of your home may be directed to the foundation of your home and/or your basement. When gutters are running smooth, the water that falls on the roof will be directed down through the downspouts and away from the home.
  • Gutters that work loose: Debris that piles up, including water and twigs can eventually cause the gutters to pull apart. This will slowly cause the siding and the trimming of your home to rot. Freezing temperatures are common in certain areas and when gutters become clogged with ice, the water can leak into the home. Ice dams can cause the gutters to come loose which can cost money to repair.
  • Insects and bugs: Gutters that are allowed to get damp and clogged can be an invitation to mosquitoes, carpenter ants, and rodents too. If these insects and rodents live in your gutters, they are going to look for a way to get into your home.

When to Clean your Gutters

Gutters should be cleaned twice a year, according to the National Center for Healthy Housing. The best times to clean them are once in the spring and once in the fall. It’s a good idea to check the gutters throughout the year as well. You should pay close attention to the climate your home is built in as this will affect how frequent you may need to clean them. Factors that can influence how often you clean your gutters include:

  • Living near the woods: If your home is located around trees, you can bet that the leaves off the tree will go onto the roof of your home as the seasons change, resulting in clogged gutters. Check the gutters three to four times per year to keep them clean.
  • Ice and Snow: Ice dams and snow can weigh heavy on your gutter. It’s important to be safe and avoid cleaning your gutter when the conditions are slippery and cold as you could fall and injure yourself. Hiring a professional to clean the gutters for you is the answer to this problem.

Tips on DIY Gutter Cleaning

While you may be tempted to get on the ladder and unclog your gutters, it is certainly not recommended. Instead, hire a professional to clean them for you. While cleaning your gutters, professionals are trained to look for any misalignment, leaks, or damage that could have occurred since your last gutter cleaning. If you decide to clean the gutters yourself, it’s important to remember that safety always comes first. Some important equipment you will need includes:

  • Gloves to protect your hands from any sharp object
  • Dust mask to keep the dust from getting to your nose
  • Safety goggles are important to protect your eyes from any debris that may fly back.
  • Ladder: In order to reach your gutters, you will need a ladder. It’s important to never get on a ladder unless you have a spotter, or someone to hold the ladder for you while you climb.
  • Garden Trowel: Used to remove the debris from the gutter

If debris seems to be stuck, using precaution to remove it is ideal as you could damage the gutter if you try and use any force. Once you remove the debris, flush out the dirt that remains with a garden hose.

Look the gutters over while you are there cleaning them in order to prevent any complications that could occur later. Maintaining your gutters is vital to proper water drainage.

Window And Gutter Cleaning

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Have you been looking for window and gutter cleaning services? Maintaining a home takes a lot of attention to detail and precautions to ensure safety of the building.

Need for Gutter Cleaning

Rain can create havoc with the foundation and walls, if the gutters are not clean. Basically, gutters serve two purposes-to help your home look nice and clean and it also protects your home. The main purpose for having gutters to direct the water run-off from the roof to somewhere away from your home in order to prevent any flooding from occurring in the basement or from being absorbed into the walls in your home. If gutters are not cared for, they can back up and look more like an eye sore than an essence in your home, not to mention the damage they can cause to your home.

Save on Repairs Later

With proper gutter cleaning, you can maintain the value of your home and avoid making costly repairs in the future. It’s always a good idea to perform gutter cleaning at least two times a year, more if you have trees close by or falling debris in your area. You should always prepare to clean the gutters once in the spring after all the rain and snow from the winter and again in the fall to prepare for all the snowfall that is likely to occur through spring.

At Gutters & Windows, we perform the window and gutter cleaning by hand to ensure that all debris is removed and your windows and gutters are left spotless and clean. In addition, we take the time to bag up the debris removed from the gutters. Finally, we flush out the downspouts with pressured water to ensure that gutters are cleaned completely with no sign of clogging.

When gutters are extremely clogged, damage can occur. When this happens, professionals can also repair the gutters to work efficiently for you. They inspect the gutters while cleaning and if they find damage, they will first notify you of the damage and provide you with an estimate for repair. Most minor repairs can be performed as they clean. If damage is more extent, a return appointment can be scheduled. Damage to gutters can cause further damage when left alone. Gutters are extremely important to a home and gutter repairs need to be take care of as soon as possible.

Cleaning Windows

When it is about getting maximum natural light and sunlight, clean windows are a must. Professional window cleaners clean windows by hand using squeegees and cotton cloths. This allows them to do a good job and leave your windows streak free. The professional window cleaners will come to your home with all necessary equipment based on the type of windows you have in your home. Windows should be cleaned in both inside and outside in the fall and again within six or seven months. Cleaning only the outside windows does not help but both sides of the panes need to be cleaned.

Window washing can begin immediately because there is no wrong time to have your windows cleaned. Most customers wonder if cleaning the windows will be a waste of time once it rains or even during the winter months but rain will not have any effect on the windows. Things that do affect the clarity of windows include dirt, dust, leaves, grass, and pollen, to name a few. Rain will remove the particles from the window however it will also leave a rain drop pattern behind when it dries.

Our Window Cleaning Method

We’ve been working on updating a bathroom and ordered some mirrors. While the glass guys were here installing the mirror, my husband, Randy, got to chatting with them about how their business was going. During their conversation he happened to ask them what they use for cleaning glass. They shared a simple recipe for what they’ve found to work. They swore by it. We had already tried just using a simple combination of vinegar and water, but they learned a trick from a commercial window cleaner: add a little dish detergent to the vinegar/water mixture. Really? That simple? It was new to us, and it sounded much too easy.

So we tried it (or should I say Randy tried it) over the weekend. Randy set out just to test a few windows and the next thing I knew he had worked clear around the house, and was already working on some of the upstairs windows as well. There was an immediate difference, and so much easier than what we had tried in the past.