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Rain Barrels: Pros & Cons

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Rain gutters serve the purpose to direct water away from your home to a place where you want it. Rain barrels help you save the water and look great! You can also get them to direct it into a rain barrel where you can reuse the water for you need it most.   Pros Better for your plants. Rainwater is naturally softened water, free of chlorine, fluoride, lime, calcium and other chemicals. While your city’s water might add these items to make the water safer to drink. Chemicals are not great for your plants.  So if you have a garden then it will be best to use a rain barrel.   Saves You Money. Lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. So with a rain barrel you can save that much and it’s ultimately better for your home, because you’re not wasting your clean water.  You can also use it to wash your car!   Better For Times Of Drought. When droughts hit us in the hottest of summer it’s best to use what we’ve saved during the spring rains can come in handy when we need it the most, so if you have to plants to water or possibly a garden to take care of then it is most useful.   Better For Your Home . If you store the rain water and properly dispose of it, it will save you from when rain water becomes too much to handle.   Helps Water Treatment. While there is an argument to be made that rain barrels help reduce the amount to rain water that goes into our sewer system.   Cons More Work – It can  be more work since you have to move the rain water manually.   Cost – Rain Barrels are not a cheap investment.  The barrels alone cost over a $100. Also your downspouts will have to adjust them to lead into the rain barrels.  Another cost is in your time, so make sure you have it.   Rain Barrel Issues – diverting excess water, mosquitoes, or where to place your rain barrels.  Just make sure that you have your downspouts directing the water into the barrels.  As for the mosquitoes there are a few things that can help. Gold-fish (great if you live in a warm all year climate and don’t forget to feed them), vegetable oil, or mosquito dunks.   Not A Replacement for Drinking Water. Rainwater is not recommended to drink but there is a filter system you can use if you really want to.   For a free estimate on gutter cleaning, repairs or adding gutter guards, call us today! Gutters & Guards, Inc. 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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Lynchburg Business Magazine : Business Under 10 Years

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We’re pleased to have an article about our company in the Lynchburg Business Magazine ‘s November/December 2013 issue.  This article highlights our business along with our other business, Rempfer Construction, Inc. and a few of our products/services. The photos showcase the work that the crew were doing that day at the Braxton Park Apartments in Lynchburg, Va. You can see the example of how our crew does the job and even a peak of the machinery that they use to create seamless aluminum gutters. Enjoy the Lynchburg Business Magazine article as much as we did! To read the full article read it below or here. A big thank you to Lynchburg Business Magazine for including our business in the Business Under 10 Year section of their magazine. We really appreciate it and enjoyed it! 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

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Reusing Old Gutters!

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Are you planning on replacing your gutters soon? Instead of chucking them into the garbage, Reusing Old Gutters!  There are a lot of ways that you can reuse them. We’ve compiled a list of the most interesting or useful ways to reuse them. 1. Planters – One of the more common ways to reuse them. Whether your want to plant flowers, fruit or herbs. It’s a fantastic was to lift it off the ground or if you have limited backyard (or no backyard) space.  Learn how to make a hanging planter with this.  Or on a wall from Lowes.   2. Shelves – So many possibilities with this one! A book shelf, Crafts, shoes, cleaning supplies, and  it’s a really simple installation. You could use it as a reading nook, craft supplies, to dry off wet shoes, or to hold cleaning supplies in a closet or cabinet.  Get the step-by-step guide.   3. Easel – if your kids love to paint and you hate the mess that comes along with it. Why not try this handy idea?  Using plexiglass as the canvas and the gutters to hold all of the tools. Great Ideas. 4. Picnic Drink Container – This is a great idea that you can either buy or DIY. Perfect for family BBQ. You could also add individual cup holders so you can put your opened drinks there too.  Add some cool to your table. 5. Sandbox –  If you have a sand box attaching your gutter to it would be a great idea so your children could either build castles or have matchbox car races. Their possibilities are as endless as their imagination.  Here’s a cute idea for your kids. Who knew that there were so many ways to reuse your gutters! If reusing your gutters isn’t your style then we do offer to recycle them after we replace them. Just give us a call at (855) 2 -NO CLOG or send us a message. All photos courtesy of Pinterest.  Follow links to see tutorials of each item.

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