What About Downspouts?

by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 12/16/2011 - 01:02 pm |

Tags: Rain Gutters, Seamless Gutters

What About Downspouts?

What can a homeowner do to insure that rainwater is properly diverted from the house? Allowing water to pool at the base of the house is a major problem just waiting to happen. It seems that a lot of attention is paid to the rain gutters, with cleanings and gutter guards to keep them from clogging up and overflowing. But suppose the gutters are completely clean, and yet you find that they are still overflowing. Well following the laws of gravity, the rain water must be flowing toward the downspout assuming the gutters are properly pitched. So that must indicate that the water is not exiting the downspout. 

No matter how clean and well maintained the gutters may be, they cannot function properly unless all downspouts are in good working order and devoid of leaves, sticks and other debris. If gutter guards are being installed, make sure that the installers check the downspout and clean them out thoroughly. Clean gutters and clogged downspouts gain you nothing but eventual trouble.
If the downspouts drain into an underground system, check at the point where the downspout enters the underground piping. Make sure there is no backup of water at that point. Also make sure that the downspout is aligned and attached properly to prevent any pooling of water that does not make it into the underground drainage system. 
Professional gutter installers can determine the condition of the downspout, easily remove them and clean them out.

Most downspouts empty onto a splash block so be sure they are large enough and pitched enough to carry the water away from the foundation of the house. 

Check the splash blocks occasionally to make sure they are not cracked or deteriorating in such a way that water can gather around the foundation of the house. Such a situation will eventually cause water damage in the basement, crawl space or foundation.  

You can attach flexible tubing at the bottom elbow to carry water as far away from the house as necessary. These downspout extensions are readily available at home improvement stores.

Roll-up type downspout extensions are also available. These devices extend themselves only when filled with water and can be rolled rolled up when the water is emptied. These perform the same function as an extended downspout, but they avoid the unsightliness of the downspout extended into the yard.

Repairing Your Sagging Gutters

by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 11/05/2011 - 07:20 pm |

Tags: Gutter Cleaning

Repairing Your Sagging Gutters

It’s not terribly complicated to spot and repair sagging gutters, but if they’re left unnoticed, you run the risk of some serious damage – not only damage to the gutter itself, but possibly to your fascia, rafters, shingles, siding, and foundation! If you see a sagging gutter, it’s highly recommended that you do something about it immediately. At best, a sagging gutter can trap water in the channel and create nasty backups, turning your gutter run into the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and dangerous leaks.
To start, identify why the gutter is sagging in the first place. Systems hung with spikes and ferrules will inevitably pull away from the fascia as time passes. This happens because the spike is being pulled out of the original pilot hole by the expansion and contraction of the gutter throughout years of temperature fluctuations. Although dangerous, this is quite common and can be easily remedied by replacing the old spike with a new threaded spike. For added security, try inserting wood slivers (using a golf tee also works quite well), dipped in adhesive or epoxy, into the hole the old spike was nailed into. This will provide a tighter fit and add a few more years until the next time the spike has to be replaced. Take into consideration that this is the perfect time to upgrade your whole system to hidden hangers or brackets. Even upgrading your spikes to screws can have a huge impact on the frequency you see your gutters sagging. All of these mounting options can be found at your local home improvement store, but can also be ordered online directly.
Replacing damaged brackets isn’t that much more complicated, but it will require the help of a friend. Simply disconnect the sagging gutter from the damaged bracket and remove the gutter section. After that, remove the old bracket and fill the original holes with exterior caulk. When the caulk is dry, drill pilot holes for the new bracket’s screws, but remember to drill the new holes at the same height and roughly same position as the original holes – you don’t want to run the risk of altering the pitch of the gutter run. When your brackets are secure, have your friend help attach the gutter back onto the new brackets.
Sagging gutters more than a story high should be repaired by professionals. They’ll have the right tools and equipment to get the job done safely. If it’s coming up on cleaning time, you could also have them clean your gutters while they’re up repairing them. This could save you time and some money, when compared to having them done at separate times.

Ladder Safety for Gutter Maintenance

by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 05/12/2014 - 07:19 pm |

Tags: Gutter Cleaning

Ladder Safety for Gutter Maintenance

When using a ladder to service your gutters or, honestly, for any reason at all, safety should always be your number one concern. Annually, there are approximately 222,000 people taken to the emergency room for ladder-related injuries. What’s more, many of these accidents occur because of improper ladder use, and could have been prevented simply by taking a few precautions before hopping on the ladder. Follow these guidelines for safe ladder usage and to prevent a trip to the hospital.
First and foremost, avoid using a ladder alone. Having a friend help while you’re working can make your job infinitely safer, and can give you an extra set of hands on the ground. Give the whole ladder a thorough inspection to ensure the ladder is solid and completely free of rust or visible damage. Make sure the ground you’ll be setting the ladder on is a firm, even surface, free of ice, water, and loose debris. Also, remember to look up and spot the power lines before carrying or using your ladder, and always avoid using metal ladders around electrical hazards.
The proper angle for setting up an extension ladder is based on how tall the ladder is; the base of the ladder from the side of your house should always be a quarter of the total height of the ladder. For instance, if your extension ladder is 12 ft. high, the base of the ladder should be 3 ft. away from the side of the house. When positioning your ladder, don’t lean the ladder against your gutters – not only do you risk crushing or damaging them, but the coating on your gutters is slick and offers very little resistance against your ladder, thus greatly reducing the stability of the ladder in general.
When you’re ready to make the climb, have your friend hold the base of the ladder while you scale it, always maintaining the three points of contact (2 feet/1 hand or 2 hands/1 foot). Never extend your arms over your head to reach your gutters, because you’ll swing your center of gravity too high and end up in the ER. The same principle applies to extending your reach too far laterally, as well- if you remember to keep your body centered and between the stringers of your ladder to maintain stability, you shouldn’t have any problems. Granted, you’ll have to climb up and down the ladder several times to reposition it as you work along the gutter run, but your patience will be rewarded with good health and unbroken bones.
Lastly, as always, make sure to thank your friend for their time and patience, and be sure to return the favor as soon as you can.

Best Gutter Cleaning Products

by seamlessgutterstoday.com on 08/07/2012 - 07:18 pm |

Tags: Gutter Cleaning

Best Gutter Cleaning Products

When it comes time to clean your gutters, aside from ladders, pressure washers, and a variety of buckets, there aren’t a lot of advertised products designed to reduce your overall time on the ladder. From robots to pressure washer attachments, scoops to gutter tongs, these products are designed to save you time and money, so maintaining vital efficiency of your gutters will be a much smoother and safer task. To remove the outside gutter stains visit GutterEdge.com.
Without a doubt, using a pressure washer is the best method for cleaning gutters. Debris and sediment won’t stand a chance against the force of the water, and the grime and film that couldn’t typically be removed using a pair of gloves is effortlessly blasted away. However, using a pressure washer on a ladder has some obvious safety concerns, and there have been many serious injuries resulting from homeowners falling from ladders while trying to negotiate cleaning, balancing, and using a pressure washer. But with a wand and a gutter cleaning attachment – such as the Apache Gutter Cleaner Spray Tip – cleaning gutters is a breeze, and as safe as it gets. The attachment is designed to fit virtually every type of power washer extension wand, rendering the use of a ladder unnecessary.
Not looking to own a pressure washer in the near future? Gutter tongs are another option for those that wish to clean safely from the ground. Gutter tongs, like the Ultimate Rain Gutter Cleaning Tool, can be attached to standard extension poles and are light enough to easily reach gutters on two-story homes. The jaws are opened, clamped around debris, and easily lifted to remove the sediment and foliage found in your gutters. The tongs can also clamp onto your garden hose nozzle, allowing you to operate the spigot to flush out smaller debris that might have been missed without having to repeatedly scale the ladder or recruit a friend.
Gutter scoops are another alternative to pressure washer cleaning, but unlike the washer extension or the gutter tongs, the scoop requires the use of a ladder. Gutter scoops are cheap and available at nearly every hardware store, so getting your hands on one shouldn’t be a problem. It works well for debris that’s a little tougher to grab by hand, like seeds, pine needles, and muddy sediment, but when you’re already up on the ladder, trying to juggle a bucket and your balance, adding another gutter cleaning tool into the mix seems a bit risky. Most homeowners would say that just using gloves is sufficient but if you have a lot of sludge in your gutter channel, finding a safe way to use a bucket and a scoop on a ladder should be on your to-do list.
If you’re completely opposed to manually cleaning your gutters, hiring a professional service, or using a screen, there are robots designed to clean your gutters for you. Gutter cleaning robots like the iRobot Looj, attach to your gutter and clean ...

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