Gutters got you down? Try these repair tips!

During the Winter, rainstorms and wind can take a toll on anyone’s gutter system. Using a few proactive techniques and preventative measures, homeowners can avoid having to make a major roof repair that could cost thousands of dollars. The following tips are great for any buildings that have to deal with flooding and falling leaves:

Guards, screens, and covers keep a gutter system from clogging.

There are several types of guards, screens, and covers that provide protection from clogged gutters. Reverse curve style guards utilize a small opening that lets water through while pushing leaves over the edge of the roof. For people in climates with snow or freezing temperatures, nylon guards prevent ice build-up and avoid the warping or cracking other types of guards might experience. Mesh guards allows water to filter through while keeping leaves out; however, decomposing leaves, dirt, and other particles can clog the filters. Finally, foam gutter guards work much like mesh, letting water seep through without the plant matter.

A gutter cleaning service can stop damage before it happens

Unfortunately, even the best filters can clog if not maintained. There’s cause for hope, however: professional gutter services are a great resource for taking care of investments in roof protection. Bringing in professionals allows for efficient repairs that will extend the life of gutters and keeps drainage systems flowing smoothly. A professional cleaning saves homeowners in the long run.

Bi-annual gutter checks are essential

Never underestimate how many leaves can fall on a single Autumn day. Checking gutters at least twice annually makes refuse removal much more manageable, and helps home owners to catch small clogs before there is any damage to the gutters structure, like bends and tears in the metal. If damage is found, frequent gutter checks means a gutter cleaning service can take care of the problem for the homeowner before the issue becomes costly.

Conclusion

Finally, getting on a ladder isn’t without some inherent risk. When climbing a ladder, having another person to spot the climber can prevent serious injury. Making sure the ladder is on stable, preferably dry ground can prevent a hefty hospitable bill later on, not to mention damage to the roof. Responsible homeowners should be proactive about their safety, but also about their gutter’s health. Following these simple tips can help you save money and avoid an unnecessary roof repair.

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How to Winterize Your Home







As winter approaches, it is time to take steps to prepare your home for the coming colder months. Winter brings with it freezing temperatures, heavy snow, ice and high energy bills. While you cannot do anything about the weather, you can significantly reduce those bills by winterizing your home.

Here are some great energy saving tips for winter:

Heating System Inspection

Contact a local HVAC professional and schedule an inspection of your furnace. The cost of the inspection is worth it in the amount of energy savings you receive. The professional will give it a full cleaning, tune-up and check it for safety. Request that the furnace filter be changed or have a permanent electrostatic filter installed.

In addition to the furnace, have the HVAC expert inspect and clean the heating ducts. Duct leaks allow up to 60% of heated air to escape before it reaches any rooms.

Install Storm Doors and Windows

Achieve a big boost in energy conservation by installing storm proof doors and windows in the home. They prevent warm air from escaping while stopping cold air from entering. Earn a federal tax credit for taking this step.

Insulate Pipes

When temperatures drop down to frigid levels the intense cold causes water pipes to freeze. This causes a loss of hot water until they thaw. Prevent this common problem by wrapping pipes in foam insulation designed for this purpose.

Turn Down the Water Heater

Easily save money by turning down the water heater to 120 degrees. This reduces energy costs while water temperature remains comfortable.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Protectors

Winter is the time of year when there is a rise in house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Fires and gasses engulf homes in many cases because people are trying to stay warm. Prevent potential tragedies by checking smoke alarms to ensure they are working. Install and inspect carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are life savers.

Clean Out Gutters

Winterizing your home applies to the outside area too. During the winter, gutters collect debris, rain, snow and ice. Clogged gutters causes water to
leak into the house. This ruins ceilings, walls and leads to flooding. Thoroughly clean gutters.

Trim Trees

An often overlooked task is tree branch trimming. Branches that are too close to the home or car are an accident waiting to happen. Heavy snow and ice accumulates on branches during storms. Prevent property damage by trimming branches.

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