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Why is Gutter Cleaning Important?

file0001475476069Gutter cleaning may not be glamorous, but it is a necessary chore. Left unattended the results of clogged gutters are not pretty. Gutters and downspouts are designed to collect rainwater as it pours off your roof, but they also do a good job of collecting leaves, sticks, nuts, dirt, and other vegetation. These clogged gutters can and will lead to a host of problems.

Clogged gutters will not perform their primary duty of keeping water from flowing off your roof and away from your foundation. This can lead to soil erosion, foundation damage and basement leakage causing mold and mildew issues. Overflowing water can also run down the walls of your house causing staining, discoloration, wood rot, and the destruction of expensive landscaping. Stagnant water collected in clogged gutters make them prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects. If clogged gutters are not dealt with before weather seasons turn cold, they can also lead the development of ice jams that can add extra weight to your gutter system and weakening it and the fasteners attaching it to your home, and further damage to the eave of your roof as they begin to melt.

Cleaning your gutters is a relatively easy job but can be messy. Depending on your location and the amount of vegetation surrounding your house, gutter cleaning should be performed at least once a year. A good time to do this is just after the leaves have fallen and before the freezing colds of winter set in. When cleaning your gutters, you will need a good pair of work gloves, hose with a spray nozzle, and a ladder. It doesn’t hurt to have a partner nearby for safety. This is also a service that many local contractors can provide. Remember to flush out the downspouts as well. If they are clogged with debris that will not clear with a hose, you may need to dismantle the downspout to get to the stubborn clog before cleaning your gutter.

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Roof Valley Leak

Roof leaks are one of life’s headaches that cause stress, cost money, and look terrible when they are allowed to linger. Nobody likes them and most people can’t fix them. What you can’t do is allow them to leak for long periods of time. When this occurs mold among other things will set in your home and can cause air quality problems. Every time it rains, you cringe at the thought of what’s happening upstairs in your attic. Maybe you climb up to the roof and inspect what you think is wrong. This most likely leads to more stress as you come to find that it’s much harder to diagnose than you thought.
It generally makes the most since to hire a professional to inspect your roof and diagnose its issues. You do a quick google search for Roof Contractors and find that many companies offer to fix a leak, but you don’t know who to trust.
At Character Craftsmen, we work very hard to provide quality work for all our customers. We handle tricky leaks like this valley here:


Some inexperienced roofer decided to tar the whole valley vs doing the job correctly the first time. Tar on roof is a temporary fix, which has its uses although they are few and far between. What we did was to remove all this tar, the shingles in the valley and the felt to get to the bare wood. At this point we rebuilt the entire valley like new to achieve a leak free roof and properly correct the issue.


At the end we were able to complete this job at a fair cost and provide the customer with a warranty to backup our work. Where was this roof? In Alpharetta, GA, in a town home community only 7 years old!  That just goes to show even builders can make mistake in the construction industry. Character Craftsmen is here to help solve these problems and Lear our homeowners happy at the end of the day.
Call us at 404-493-6118 for Roof Repairs


Home Basement Waterproofing

All basements should be waterproofed. Think of this expense as an investment in both your home and your health. Waterproofing a basement is not a matter of simply coating the inside of your basement walls and flooring. Waterproofing a basement needs to be looked at as a system of efforts working together to keep your basement dry. Perimeter drains around the house, sump pump in the basement, exterior wall membrane, and the interior coating. Your houses gutter system also helps to direct water away from your basement walls and is a part of this system. If at all possible, this is a job that should be done as part of your home’s original construction.

Since basements by their nature are underground, the existence of moisture is going to be a given making it a prime environment for the growth of mold and mildew. Leaky walls can also cause your foundation walls to deteriorate. Basement waterproofing is a must to keep these hazards out of your house and to keep them from causing further damage to your health and home.

If you have a finished basement that you are using as a family, guest, or game room, you don’t want to have to spend thousands of dollars in repairs after the first good rainstorm to repair or replace damaged property. By properly waterproofing a basement you can increase the value of your home by increasing the square footage of living space. Having a waterproofed, finished basement will also aid in keeping condensation to a minimum. Methods for waterproofing a basement have changed over the years. If you have moisture or musty smell issues, you should have it inspected by an Atlanta Handyman and take action to remedy it now.

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That Leaking Roof Will Cost You Thousands

"Roofing Leak"

It is important to fix roof leaks quickly. If they are not addressed immediately it can have a costly effect in the short and long run. Most small roof leaks can be taken care of by the homeowner before they become so big that a professional needs to be called in. There can be a multitude of reasons for a roof leak, overflowing gutters, missing shingles, seam gaps around vent pipes or chimneys, or even not having enough attic ventilation that causes a buildup of condensation.

It is important to understand that water can be sneaky. Just because its results show up in one area of your inside ceiling, doesn’t mean that the leak is directly above it. Before dripping down to show that tell-tale sign of water damage on your ceiling, water and condensation can travel along roof/ceiling joists, gas or water pipes, even electrical lines.

Leaks that are not fixed quickly can become costly messes and even lead to health hazards. Wherever there is an area of warm moist air, there is that potential for mold and bacteria growth. Many insects, including carpenter ants search for areas of rotted wood as well. Health hazards aside, the cost of replacing drywall, insulation, and in some cases flooring, are all good reasons to detect where a potential roof leaks are coming from and to remodeling, and to fix them quickly. If you are unable to detect the roof leak in short order, many Atlanta roofing experts have experience in tracking down these elusive leaks.

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HVAC and Furnance Tune-up Tips

Keeping your HVAC Furnace system in top condition is especially important as temperatures begin to fall. Furnace tune-ups can range from a simple task to a deep thorough inspection by a professional measuring air quality, gas leaks, and your HVAC or furnace systems circuit boards. Both the heating and cooling systems should be checked on a regular basis. The cost of having a professional provide this service will depend on your area.

While you should take a look at your HVAC and furnace system on a regular basis (each time you change the filter), you should at the very least have it inspected once a year before switching it into heat mode. Here are a few things that you can do on those in-between HVAC and Furnace tune-up visits from the professional. You should change your filters regularly every two to three months to keep the HVAC or Furnace fan from overworking. Run a test of your HVAC or Furnace system before you actually need it. It is better to be prepared than cold. You should not have anything that may be flammable stored near the furnace. If your furnace has a continuous pilot light, this should be blue and steady. Many newer models have an electronic ignition and do not have a pilot light. In either case, when the heating flames come on, they should also be blue and steady. Use a vacuum with a nozzle to clean out the furnace area, blower fan and cooling coils. Some furnaces still have belt driven blowers. In this case, make sure the belt is in good working order and not cracked.

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