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When & Why: Gutters

Springtime is a great time to check the condition of your gutters. Neglecting this task can create bigger problems down the line. We’d be glad to clear this problem from your mind.

It isn't only that clogged gutters are unsightly...they also can cause bigger problems.

It isn’t only that clogged gutters are unsightly…they also can cause bigger problems.

The Nightmare of a Flooded Basement

How Gutters Have an Effect on This Problem

With proper gutter maintenance, cleaning, and the installation of K-Guard Gutter Protection, you don't have to be afraid of a flooded basement anymore.

With proper gutter maintenance, cleaning, and the installation of K-Guard Gutter Protection, you don’t have to be afraid of a flooded basement anymore.

If you have a basement, one of your biggest fears whenever it rains is your basement flooding, and this is a legitimate and valid fear as a flooded basement is a true nightmare of repairs. You can have all sorts of damage with a flooded basement – ruined carpet and flooring, destroyed furniture, rotted drywall, and the absolute worst…mold. These repairs can be costly and time-consuming, and what makes things even worse is your basement can even flood in dry weather, making this a complete mystery as to why it even happened.

According to the Kingston, Ontario utilities company, problems with your foundation drainage is a major cause of your basement flooding in both dry and wet weather. However, did you know that the main cause of water in your basement is overflowing gutters? It is! Keeping your gutters clean is extremely important to prevent water from seeping into your basement and causing floods, and luckily you have the Gutterman of Tennessee, Scott Brasfield, an expert on cleaning gutters as well as installing top-of-the-line gutter guards to keep out leaves and other debris and even how to create proper foundation drainage to keep your basement bone-dry, to contact for an appointment today by calling or filling out a form on his website so he can speak with you about how best to protect you from the nightmare of a flooded basement.

So, how exactly do overflowing gutters lead to water in your basement?

The water has nowhere to go when gutters are clogged with debris, so it overflows over the gutter to the ground right next to your home, within a couple of feet of the foundation, saturating the ground and making the ground settle. As the ground settles and moves, it can stress your home’s foundation and cause cracking, allowing water to enter your home. Or hydrostatic pressure may force the water in through the concrete. Your only solution is to clean your gutters – either by yourself or by a professional like the Gutterman, and install preventative maintenance like K-Guard Gutter Protection, the Gutterman’s #1 recommendation for a gutter guard system.

Why use  K-Guard Gutter Protection?

A completely engineered system that has been designed to be strong, durable, and even attractive, the K-Guard engineers are so confident about this product keeping your gutters leaf and debris-free that they have guaranteed it to stay clog-free for life. If it ever does become clogged, K-Guard will send over a maintenance professional to fix it for free. Founded in 1996 by a team of professionals who wanted to end the problem of clogged gutters once and for all, K-Guard decided to change the gutter industry by creating a gutter system that was durable enough to last the lifetime of your home and looked good enough to add beauty to your home. Most gutter systems are only available in certain colors like white, brown or black; however, K-Guard comes in every shade of the rainbow, allowing you to match your gutter system to the decor of your home. If you have more questions about the K-Guard Gutter Protection, you can find a FAQ section on the Gutterman’s website.

If waking up to a flooded basement is a nightmare you would rather not experience, keeping your gutters clean and installing a gutter guard system are among the most important steps you can take. Give The Gutterman of Tennessee a call today to talk to him about getting your gutters inspected and discussing your options of gutter guard systems to protect your home.

How to Never Clean Your Gutters Again

With gutter guards, You'll never have to worry about  cleaning your gutters ever again!

With gutter guards, You’ll never have to worry about cleaning your gutters ever again!

Every once in a while there comes an invention that makes us wonder how we ever lived without it. Gutter guards are one of those inventions because they eliminate the need for you to ever have to clean out your gutters again—or to pay someone else to do it. This in turn eliminates a whole host of problems related to clogged gutters, including mosquito-attracting standing water and water-damaged rooflines, among other common issues. Instead, a gutter protection system will allow your gutters to funnel water away from your house year-round—without any of the common impedances. By opting for a gutter guard protection system, you also won’t have to worry about hiring someone to clean out your gutters, during which they’ll dump piles of decaying leaves and sticks into your yard, porch, and onto your HVAC unit.

At The Gutter Man we recommend to our Nashville customers the installation of either the K-Guard gutter protection system or the SafeGuard gutter guard system. We have years of experience with these products, which are made respectively of aluminum and stainless steel (won’t warp in the sun) and come with a 20-year no clog warranty.

About SafeGuard Gutter Guards

Want to make your existing gutters essentially maintenance free from here on out? You’ll want to consider having The Gutter Man install SafeGuard gutter guards. These guards are low profile so they won’t affect your home’s aesthetic, and they can fit onto almost any existing gutter system. Plus, installation is relatively simple, so that we won’t first have to remove your gutters.

If you live in the Nashville, TN area and hire The Gutter Man to install SafeGuard gutter guards, we will first thoroughly inspect and clean your gutters, both inside and out. We will also “recondition” your gutters, which just means that we’ll do any necessary repairs including caulking them and making sure they are secured to your home. At that point, we will begin our quick installation of the guards. Read more about SafeGuard here.

About the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System

As opposed to the SafeGuard guards, which fit over your existing gutters, the K-Guard system is a complete system that includes both gutters and guards. We generally recommend the K-Guard system to our Nashville customers whose gutters are in very bad condition and who need new gutters anyway. According to K-Guard, “The lifespan of the K-Guard system is practically unlimited. Made of heavy-duty aluminum, the base material will not corrode. The coatings on the gutter and hood will last over 20 years, and the patented hangers give our gutters the strength to withstand virtually any weather conditions.”

K-Guard’s five-inch wide gutters are designed to drain more water than traditional systems and come with larger-than-usual downspouts so that any debris that does manage to get into the system is easily flushed out. Read more about K-Guard here.

Please feel free to ask The Gutter Man about either the K-Guard or SafeGuard systems. We’re happy to suggest the best system for you and your home.

Why You Need Gutter Inspections

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A lot of factors can impede the efficacy of your gutter system. A thorough inspection can diagnose any problems.

An inspection of the gutter system on your home should be a mandatory item on your routine maintenance schedule. Ideally, a gutter inspection should be performed twice a year, once in the fall before the cold winter months set in, and again before the heavy rains of spring arrive. Your gutter system plays a very important part in managing the water run-off around your home. I want to help you ensure that it performs as intended.

My Gutters Aren’t Ushering the Water Away from my Home

Poor or non-existing water run-off management systems tend to be the primary cause of water problems in basements and crawl spaces, as excess water is not properly shed away from the home. During the hard hit months of winter and spring, your gutter system endures freezing temperatures, snow buildup, and ice formation (which then leads directly to excessive spring runoff from melting snow and heavy rains). In order to ensure that your gutters are able to appropriately shed water away from the home during these times, it is important to keep them well maintained and free of debris.

Things to Monitor on your Gutter System

In order for your gutters to do their job properly, removing debris like leaves, sticks and dirt from your gutters and downspouts should be cleaned biannually. Clogged gutters can lead to overflows in heavy spring rains and ice buildup in the winter months, either of which can lead to gutter damage or potential water intrusion problems. If your gutters are clean and still have water pooling or otherwise not draining properly, this may be a sign of damaged gutter hangers or improper installation. Ensure that all gutter hangers are attached correctly and aren’t bent. Missing gutter clips are another common occurrence and can easily be replaced.

Sagging sections of gutter around your home are most likely caused by bent, broken or missing gutter hangers. Repairing or replacing them should be done as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. It’s also a good idea to make sure that all the places where the gutter sections are connected fastened together tightly. Broken or missing rivets can and should be drilled and replaced. You should also check that all downspout fasteners (the metal straps that attach the downspout to the siding or exterior elevations of your home) are secure. If your downspout is torn off by wind, heavy snow, or ice because of a loose or missing fastener, your gutter and siding could both be damaged beyond repair.

As always, remember to take caution when working on or inspecting your gutters. Unlike inspecting and maintaining other sections of your home’s exterior, 90% of gutter work is done from a ladder. As such, remember to always make sure that your ladder is stable and on level ground and ask for help from a spouse, friend or neighbor to hold the ladder for you. Because many people are not overly fond of completing work up on a ladder, the Gutterman of Tennessee is always just a call away if you feel uncomfortable doing the work yourself.