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How to Repair a Leaky Gutter

How to Repair a Leaky Gutter

If you have leaky gutters, it is an easy DIY project.  Metal gutters can develop rust holes, and how large or small the holes are determines how it should be fixed.  A large hole requires a piece of galvanized metal flashing, but a small hole can be fixed using plastic roofing cement. Step 1: Regardless of the size of the hole, clean the gutter and scrub and rinse the area of the hole.    Use an abrasive pad and rinse and dry.  Step 2: Once the gutter is dry, plastic cement can be applied over the hole.  Smooth it out to...

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Getting Your Home Ready for the Spring Thaw

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Getting Your Home Ready for the Spring Thaw

Spring is almost here, but in most places around the country the annual snow thaw is well underway and it's time to check the most important places around your home for winter damage or maintenance. Soggy yards, leaky gutter, and a cracked foundation are just a few things to look out for. Here are the top 4 things to get checked off your list right away.   1. Clear Snow and Ice Away from Your Home. Make sure to clear snow at least 3 feet away from your home to prevent the water from seeping into your basement. Also, make...

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How to Remove Snow from Your Roof

How to Remove Snow from Your Roof

  Removing snow from your roof during the winter is an important task to protect your roof and home investment.  When snow builds up, it can weaken your roof, damage the gutter system, or cause ice dams. But snow removal can be a daunting and dangerous task.  Here are a few tips to help keep your roof protected during these snowy months!  1. Unless you are a professional, DO NOT attempt to go on your roof to remove the snow.  2. The most effective DIY method of removing snow is a snow rake.  With a long, adjustable pole, you will be...

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Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Get Your Home Ready for Fall

  It's that time of year again! Fall is right around the corner and it's time to make sure your home is ready for the leaves and temperature to drop. Here is a quick home maintenance checklist to keep you on task. 1. Forget Pruning. Stick to Raking and Mulching. A common landscaping mistake is to prune trees and plants in the fall. Unless there are overgrown branches that could be a safety concern during snowfall, leave the pruning until spring, when plants' growth is at its peak. You can, however, rake and mulch your yard. This will provide nutrients...

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Heavy Rainfall: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home

Heavy Rainfall: 10 Ways to Protect Your Home

  With hurricane and tropical storm season well underway, damage from heavy rainfall is one of the major concerns that face homeowners this time of year. Here are 10 things that you can do to help keep your home safe from water and property damage. 1. Clean Your Gutters! Your gutters serve as the pathway for rainwater to flow from your roof to a safe drainage system around your home.  If that pathway is clogged or blocked, rainwater can build up and cause damage or leaks to your roof, foundation, landscaping, etc.  Be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of...

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