Clogged gutters can cause big problems

Think that cleaning the gutters isn’t that important? Think again, clogged gutters can cause a variety of problems. Check out the below article from Erie Insurance that discusses some of the damage caused.

https://www.erieinsurance.com/blog/clean-gutters?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=ErieSocial#__prclt=B66o1LN7

Have you cleaned your gutters?

You serviced and prepared your furnace for winter.  The windows and doors have been sealed and are fitting tight.  What else can you do to make your winter more safe, comfortable and affordable?  Two simple outside items that do not cost a lot are the cleaning of your gutters and closing up of your air conditioner.  When you are closing up your air conditioner there are a few things to consider.  According to www.thespruce.com, there are two main things to do.  One is to clean the condensing unit.  An easy way to clean this is to use a pressure washer to clean the blades and coils of debris and dirt.  After cleaning the condensing unit, be sure to cover it.  Winter weather and things like dead leaves can damage the unit.  Letting the unit rust or freeze can have a negative impact.  Cover the unit with a waterproof breathable cover and tie it tight.

 

Cleaning the gutters can also be cost effective.  Leaving dead leaves and debris in your gutters can lead to a variety of problems.  Debris and leaves can block water from flowing freely in your gutters or cause a clog.  Clogs can cause water to pool.  This can lead to seepage into cracks which when expanded and contracted due to freezing and thawing can cause major damage.  How do you get your gutters clean?  According to www.servicemasterclean.org, you need gloves, a gutter scoop, a leaf blower and possible a pressure washer.    You can blow or pressure wash the leaves down the gutter spout.  You can then use the gutter scoop to lift out the excess.

 

Doing these two cost effective cleaning methods can save you money and aggravation in the long run.

Fall is here

Fall is officially here and the weather is cooling off slightly.  Soon temperatures will drop below freezing at night, with freezing temperatures during the day to follow.  Now is typically the time of year when you start to winterize your home for the upcoming winter.  Winterizing your home can save you money by making it more weather efficient and by saving you from costly repairs or homeowners insurance claims.  One simple place to start is by replacing your furnace filter.  Replacing your furnace filter can range in price depending on the type of filter.  A permanent filter might be a good option.  According to popular mechanics disposable fiberglass filters can catch 10 to 40% of debris, while electrostatic filters can trap around 88%.  (https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/interior-projects/how-to/g52/winterize-home-tips-energy-461008/).  Another thing to think about according to networx.com is that leaving furnace filters to become clogged can result in a build-up that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.  (https://www.networx.com/article/furnace-filter-danger).  While you are changing out your furnace filter, it is a good idea to do some cleaning around the furnace.  Make sure that there are no paint thinners or flammables around the furnace.  Also make sure that the front panel door is properly in place.  Finally make sure all of the area under and around the furnace is unobstructed.  Finally have a HVAC professional inspect the furnace.  This can possibly prevent accidents and also make the furnace run more efficiently.  We will be updating this blog with other helpful winterizing tips in the coming weeks.  Also make sure you check out our Twitter, Google+, and Facebook accounts.