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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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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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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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