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When Was the Last Time You Cleaned the Gutters?

Let’s be honest.  Cleaning the gutters is probably not one of those chores that has you so excited you’re leaping out of bed on a Saturday morning.  Ignorance is bliss? I’ll get to it next year?  Sound familiar?

Unfortunately this is one of those instances when procrastination can lead to far bigger problems down the road. There are three distinct ways that gutters can contribute to the rapid deterioration of your […]

How to Protect Your Gutters from the Summer

There’s a title you didn’t expect to read, right? There are, of course, many articles written about how to prepare your gutters for the winter and protect them from the overflow that occurs during the heavy rains of autumn and spring. What you don’t often hear about are the summer months and the concerns they can bring to the health of your gutter system. And there are indeed some worth noting. Before you pack up for your extended household summer vacation take note of the following so that you leave the eaves of your home well protected from the summer season elements.
4 Things You Need to be Aware of to Protect Your Gutters During the Season of Summer

How to Keep Raccoons and Rodents Out of Gutters

Airborne debris, rainwater, ice, leaves and pine needles. Practically every gutter repair specialist out there has addressed tips and tricks of the trade to keeping your gutters free of these hazards. However, there are other roof intruders that most homeowners don’t anticipate until the day comes when sounds from above indicate something mischievous is going on within their gutters. Residents of the Lower Mainland are no strangers to this phenomenon – raccoons and rodents wreaking havoc at the eaves of their homes. There is no need to feel powerless in this matter, even if you have a soft spot for these furry little (and not-so-little) creatures that hope to make a habitat on top of your home. Read further for preventative steps that you can take to protect your gutter system.

6 Steps to Keeping Raccoons and Rodents Out of Your Home’s Gutters


Is it time for Gutter Replacement?

How do you know it’s time to replace your gutters? Rain gutters are one of those items that are not always top of mind for home owners and property managers, yet they play such a vital role in protecting your home, strata or business complex from water damage. Depending on where you live in metro Vancouver, you have different environmental factors that play into the life and maintenance of your gutter […]

How to Prevent Gutter Overflow

One of the biggest issues for the gutters on your home here in the Lower Mainland comes from residing in the wettest climate in the country. The average rainfall in Greater Vancouver proves to be a challenge for homeowners in many ways and it all begins above your heads, on the roof’s edges. Gutter overflow occurs when something prevents the water runoff entering your gutters from reaching and/or expelling from its downspouts. Water builds up and the gutters overflow. The damage that can occur to your property includes (but is not exclusive to) damage to your home’s eaves and exterior walls, paint discoloration, erosion of the landscape (flowers, gardens, grass) surrounding the side of your home, and even flooded basements (when there are cracks at the base of the home). If overflow occurs during the winter months, freezing temperatures at night can cause the moisture on the concrete pathways near your home to become dangerously slippery. The implications of overflowing gutters can be severe and quite numerous. Now that we’ve identified the necessity of gutter overflow prevention, it is time to look at steps that can be taken to make it so.
5 Steps to Preventing Gutter Overflow from Damaging Your Gutters and Home Exterior/Interior

January 17th, 2015|Categories: Gutter Cleaning|Tags: , , , |

How to Protect Gutters from Pine Needles

There is a reason many of the households residing within the Lower Mainland have chosen this neck of the country as their home. The Pacific Northwest landscape is incomparable, with rich pines jetting out from the slopes that bookend the communities that define our places within the region. Many of you have purchased a home in-part because of the front and/or backyards that have pines standing as sentries, providing aesthetic comfort, a place for tire swings to be hung, and a refuge for neighborhood pets (and the squirrels they chase). Yes, the 22 species in our province are a blessing, for the most part. However, when it comes to the gutters lining the ledge of your home’s roof, pines and their pesky needles can be a pain.

While autumn is prime time, pines shed needles throughout the year. These needles are unlike the leaves that fall from the other trees surrounding your home. Because of their small size, their build-up is far less noticeable yet just as impactful on the health of your gutter system, especially when they go unchecked. Clumps of pine needles will penetrate the smallest of crevices and when wet become more adhesive than any other type of branch foliage by-product. At that point other forms of debris passing through your gutters will collect upon the needles, adding to the clogging effect which will detrimentally impact your system. So, aside from chopping down the beloved pines surrounding your home, what can be done? Read further to find out.
How to Protect Your Home’s Gutter System from Pine Needles

January 4th, 2015|Categories: General|Tags: , , |

Safe Tips and Alternatives to Hanging Lights on Gutters

It’s that time of the year when households are unearthing tangled cords of holiday lights from the bottoms of boxes in their garage storage space. If you count yourself among them we urge you to pause for a moment before illuminating the ledges of your home.

You see, year after year homeowners that don’t take the necessary precautions damage their gutter system in some manner by hanging hoards of lights from their roof’s appendages. However, we understand that this news won’t necessarily dissuade you from climbing up there on your ladder over the next few days to do so. Thus, in the spirit of the season (and to not be a Scrooge declaring the end of dangling outdoor lights) we thought we’d provide you with tips to working around hanging lights on your home’s gutters.
How to Protect Your Gutter System When Hanging Lights for the Holidays

How to Prepare Gutters for Winter

Winter is coming! Last week we provided area homeowners with some sound advice on how to prevent ice dams from forming in your gutters (good timing!) and we thought we would follow up this week with some general advice for the season. Read further to learn more about how your home’s gutter system will require some extra TLC before the cold snap becomes a local affair lasting longer than a few days in the Lower Mainland.
Five Ways to Prepare Your Gutter System for the Arrival of the Winter Season

How to Prevent Ice Dams in Gutters

The Lower Mainland and regional arms extending from its girth may not rank among the coldest of climates in the country. However, that does not mean that our residents and their respective homes are not susceptible to the bumps and bruises taken from the arrival of an especially frosty winter. In fact, the innate west coast confidence in our milder weather can work against homeowners. Preventative measures taken to protect […]

November 14th, 2014|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , |