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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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #25 – Clean House From Top To Bottom


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Clean House From Top To Bottom When cleaning out your gutters, clean house from top to bottom. By this we mean, start with removing leaves and debris on your roof, then clean your gutters, and finish with raking the leaves on the ground. If you cannot reach debris on your roof from a ladder. DO NOT attempt to climb on your roof. It’s far too dangerous and a professional should be called. There are roof rakes that you can use to get debris from your roof. If you are wondering why it’s important to remove debris from your roof, it’s because leaving debris on your roof for too long can cause leaks and other moisture damages. 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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Clogged Gutter Cause Mosquito Problems


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Clogged Gutter Cause Mosquito Problems Clogged Gutter Cause Mosquito Problems. Have you noticed that there has been an influx of mosquitoes around your home? Do not have any sort of body of water around you? Look up, your gutters could be causing this infestation. Mosquitoes drawn to standing water. Clogged gutters are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To clear up the problem you will need to unclog your gutter or downspout. Standing water gone. The mosquito problem clear up.  You can also use insecticides come in a variety of different delivery methods, from hand- or power-spraying to yard foggers to time-release misting systems. Many of today’s mosquito-fighting products use ingredients that are easier on the environment than their predecessors. Keep gutters cleaned and maintained. If you don’t have the time or resources to clean them out contact a local professional to do the work for you.  Also maintaining your landscape will help prevent puddles forming in your yard. 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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Gutter Maintenance Tip #24 – Gutter Scoop Tool


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Gutter Scoop Tool When cleaning gutters it’s best to wear protective gloves but you should also use a gutter scoop tool as well. A Gutter scoop tool will get out all of the leafy debris in your gutters as well as some of the more wet debris. You can find them at any hardware store. We do warn you to not use a metal scoop because it can damage the bottom of the gutters as well as the seams. A metal scoop can damage the bottom of a gutter by scraping against the bottom and this can allow rust to start to form. If the bottom is already rusting this will speed it up. As for the seams, it can damage the caulking meant to keep leaks from forming. If you are looking for a professional to clean your gutters for you, they should already be using non-harmful methods to clean gutters. Give them a call and be wary if they use a metal scoop to clean your gutters. 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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Are Gutter Guards A Good Investment?


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Are Gutter Guards A Good Investment? Are Gutter Guards A Good Investment? Cleaning your gutters is not a fun task. It’s messy, laborious and a bit scary being up that high. If you find yourself cleaning out your gutters more than twice a year we have a solution that will help. Install gutter guards. Now don’t get us wrong, installing gutter guards will NOT mean that you never have to clean out your gutters but it does mean clogging and cleaning are less frequent. Which can be a huge help when it seems like your always cleaning them out. Gutter guards are designed to act as a filter over your gutters in an attempt to block debris from entering your gutter without inhibiting its ability to draw water away from the roof. We have a small list of pros and cons that can help you weigh in if installing gutter guards would be beneficial to your home. Pros Less Frequent Gutter Cleanings (should only be 2x a year) Less Chance Of A Clog Keeps Large Debris Out (some keep small debris out as well) Looks Great Much More Efficient Than Gutters Without Guards   Cons Price You will still have to clean your gutters out (but it is less frequent) 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 #23 – Rake Off Roof


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Rake Off Roof during gutter cleanings Rake Off Roof. Cleaning your gutters is a very laborious task. When you are cleaning your gutters, make sure to rake off roof. This prevents debris from ending up in your gutters after you already spend your last weekend cleaning gutters. Also any debris left of the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around chimney, which can lead to erosion and roof leaks over time. Save yourself the time and money now by taking the time to rake off roof. If you do not have to right tools or feel uneasy about raking the debris off your roof, please hire a professional to do it for you. If you are going to DIY please remember to use proper ladder safety, wear protective eye wear and protective gloves as well. You never know what could be hiding in all that debris. 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 Overflow


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Summer Gutter Overflow Summer may seem like an off season for your gutters but in reality it’s just as busy for them as fall. With all the summer thunder and rain storms we get it mean that your gutters are expected to handle large amounts of rain. These storms can also bring leaves, sticks and other debris as well which can clog your gutters and cause overflow problems. If it seems like your gutters are overflowing when the rain is not that heavy and there is no clog in your gutters or downspouts you may need larger downspouts to help the gutters drain faster. A typical 5″ gutter can hold 1.2 gallons per 1′. So if you have a 10′ run of 5″ gutters that can hold up to 12 gallons of water! If you live in an area with a lot of rain fall and have 6″ gutters that can hold 2 gallons every 1′. So 10′ if 6″ gutters can hold 20 gallons of water. The average rainfall for Lynchburg in July is 4.37″ and that is less than a gallon. 5″ gutters should do the job. There are some instances where the rain fall is too heavy for your gutters to catch everything. That is not going hurt anything and there is not anything you can do but if you notice that is overflows EVERY time that is a problem and you should contact a professional to address it. During summer months it’s crucial to have properly working gutters to avoid damage to your home and landscaping. You should think about installing a gutter guard system because it not only protects your gutters from bad clogs it allows for just water to flow through them.There are a few different types of gutter guards systems available today so make sure to do some research and find the perfect one for your home. We suggest taking a look at the options we provide. 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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