Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gutter Cleaning York Lancaster Harrisburg

 What you're looking at in these pictures is evidence of overflowing gutters.  Over time (or sometimes one really heavy rain) the soil against the foundation will get stripped away.  Enough of this occurs and you may end up with water in your basement.

 Here is a second indication of full gutters.  You can see the muddy stains on the underside from spillover.

Sorry, I missed the before shots and got right down to business, so here are a few "during" and "after" pictures of the gutters.

Our next step is to move on to the downspouts with a flush.
The flush on this downspout will be ineffective as it was installed improperly.  You can see the frozen drips on the outer edge of the lower piece (YES, we're out in the cold!)

This was a simple, but very needed repair.  No extra materials needed- simply disassemble and reassemble the downspout properly.
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Water was running over the edge and washing out the neighbor's flowerbed.

What we found was that the gutter was not really even that blocked up with debris-not surprising at a three story townhouse.  Why so much standing water then?  The gutter was not pitched properly.  The simplest solution was to install an additional downspout.  If it was a shorted run of gutter, I may have opted to re-pitch the gutter.  

There is the finished product.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sizing up Gutter Guards Screens Which one is best for You

If you think gutter covers or screens solve the issue of clogged gutters, notice what has built up under these waterfall covers in Red Lion, PA.  You know the drill, we scoop, we brush....

Here's the part where I'm not sure if I should go...the thing is that you're not supposed to promote yourself by bashing your competition.  I just can't let this one alone though.  I was recently on a competitor's website, looking over the way they breakdown pricing.  Besides the fact that "flushing the downspout" is an extra charge (actually once I added up all the "extras" that we include, I found their pricing to be about THREE times ours), I was stuck on the wording in the gold and platinum level packages: "we will flush the downspout when deemed necessary."
We beg to differ.  It is ALWAYS necessary.  When you grab a clump at the top of the downspout and peer into the top, it may appear clear.  It is not until you apply water pressure to the downspout that you would find out if the water pressure would push out some debris or if more effort is required.

This particular downspout was so blocked up that we had to take it apart to clear it properly.

THIS IS WHY WE SCOOP, BRUSH, AND FLUSH- EVERY JOB, EVERY TIME. Very often, when a new customer has decided to give us a try, we find the downspouts caked with mud- why?? The homeowner will tell you- because their previous gutter cleaner didn't flush the downspouts.

Now that the gutter system is clear of debris, it's time to put it all back in place.  To read more about gutter covers and the maintenance of gutter systems with or without a screen on top check out Gutter Cleaning York Lancaster Harrisburg.