ICE DAMS, GUTTERS, SNOW AND YOUR INVESTMENT

Lets start with ice dams.   It is not your gutters fault that the ice dam has formed, it is your insulation. Below is an explanation of what an ice dam is and how to prevent them.

What is an ice dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a home with an ice dam.

 

What causes ice dams?

There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32 degrees F while lower surfaces are below 32. For a portion of the roof to be below 32, outside temperatures must also be below 32. When we say temperatures above or below 32, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32 will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32 and freezes. Voila! - an ice dam.

The dam grows as it is fed by the melting snow above it, but it will limit itself to the portions of the roof that are on the average below 32. So the water above backs up behind the ice dam and remains a liquid. This water finds cracks and openings in the exterior roof covering and flows into the attic space. From the attic it could flow into exterior walls or through the ceiling insulation and stain the ceiling finish.

Preventing and dealing with ice dams

In all Minnesota communities it is possible to find homes that do not have ice dams. Ice dams can be prevented by controlling the heat loss from the home.

Immediate action

  • Remove snow from the roof. This eliminates one of the ingredients necessary for the formation of an ice dam. A "roof rake" and push broom can be used to remove snow, but be careful it may damage the roofing materials.
  • In an emergency situation where water is flowing into the house structure, making channels through the ice dam allows the water behind the dam to drain off the roof. Hosing with tap water on a warm day will do this job. Work upward from the lower edge of the dam. The channel will become ineffective within days and is only a temporary solution to ice dam damage.

Long-term action

  • First, make the ceiling air tight so no warm, moist air can flow from the house into the attic space.
  • After sealing air leakage paths between the house and attic space, consider increasing the ceiling/roof insulation to cut down on heat loss by conduction.
    Any person on the roof during the winter or performing work on the roof from below is risking injury and risking damage to the roof and house. It is important to contact professionals to carry out this job

Snow, Ice and the extra weight

Ice -  One inch of ice weighs a little less than 5 pounds per square foot, and 1 foot of ice weighs approximately 57 pounds per square foot. Ice weighs significantly more than heavy, wet snow per inch depth. In part, this is why it is important to prevent ice buildup on a roof structure and gutters.  Ice dams are very heavy and dangerous.

This most recent snow fall is putting serious stress on your gutters and the fascia board that they are attached to.  Frozen debris  in gutters will add weight to the gutters increasing the stress, clean your gutters regularly to prevent additional damage. If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the every day weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  A fallen gutter that is not damaged is not as  bad as a gutter that is hanging and bent.  Once the gutter is bent it can not be repaired.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Check out the information on our website regarding gutter cleanings, repairs, installations and Service Agreements.

keltomgutters.com    1-877-535-8660


Fall, Fun, Fairs, in Morris County

 Morris County Fall Fairs Fun…why stay home to do home maintenance?? We are scheduling gutter cleaning for the Fall - Pre-Schedule NOW!!

Home maintenance is necessary…we can agree on that, but do you have to stay home every week-end?  Below is a list of events happening in Morris County that we recommend:

Keltom Gutter Services will take care of at least one of the most hated chores that have to be done. Regular maintenance of your gutters is one of the most important chores you can do to protect your most valuable investment.  Water damage can be costly whether it’s damaged windows and doors or foundation damage – the worst you can have.  So if you didn’t clean your gutters last Fall or this Spring now is the time before snow and ice do more damage.

When we clean your gutters we will check for any gutter or fascia repairs that you may not even be aware of and provide a written estimate to fix the issue.  We like our customers so we send you an invoice and don’t require a credit card to schedule a gutter cleaning. Have a wood, metal, tile or slate roof?  We don’t walk on specialty roofs – at all.  Any special needs you have such as heating cables, solar panels or copper gutters we pay special attention and use the proper techniques and equipment to ensure that the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Thinking of installing new replacement gutters?  Not sure if your current configuration is appropriate for your home?  We will send our trained field estimator to work with you on determining the best solution and to provide information on seamless aluminum gutters, color choices for gutters and downspouts, gutter guards, and copper gutter information.

Call us if you have questions about our gutter cleaning maintenance agreements, immediate gutter cleaning estimates, repair procedures and pricing, advice on gutter installations or any other gutter related issues!!!

Call now to get an immediate price quote for your gutter cleaning or to schedule an estimate. We’re scheduling service in all of Morris County.

1-877-535-8660


Fall is coming quickly….Schedule your gutter cleaning NOW!!

 

 

 

 

gutter gleaning guards dirty screensDon’t wait too long….the trucks are filling up quickly. We are currently scheduling for the Fall and are here to help.  

Scheduling your gutter cleaning before the harsh winter is one of the most important chores you have to do.  A gutter cleaning will ensure the gutter is debris free.  Any debris when wet can add extra weight causing stress to the fascia board holding the gutters onto the house.  

Snow and ice are extremely heavy and the weight of it in your gutters can cause serious damage to your current gutter system which will allow your home to be subject to water damage once the weather clears and everything starts melting.  If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the everyday weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  Once a gutter falls off and gets bent it cannot be repaired and must be replaced.  This type of repair can be expensive and easily avoided with regular maintenance of your gutters.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Keltom Gutter Service offers a maintenance plan to fit every home....if you have tons of leaves and debris all year long or if only in the Fall we have a maintenance plan to fit your home.  

Check out more information on the importance of regular gutter maintenance on our website; keltomgutters.com   

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A GUTTER CLEANING. 

1-877-535-8660


   Keltom Gutters works well with others – Elite Excavation and Drainage Services

 

Keltom Gutter Services introduces Elite Excavation and Drainage Services. Serving your area for any of your drainage or excavating needs.

Many homes have a water drainage problem.  In-ground drainage systems include: residential catch basins, and dry-wells. Failing or ineffective drainage can cause everything from minor irritation and annoyance to major expense and repair.  Though they are different utilities, nearly all kinds of catch basins and dry wells have at least five major things in common:

*Both convey water away from your property

*Both work by gravity

*Both typically have a grate and drainage components

*Both can alleviate a number of home headaches such as flooding and standing water

*Both involve a system of pipes to conduct water and a place to temporarily hold it.

Generally, a catch basin is a drainage system designed to carry water away from your home and perhaps direct it across the property before it runs to a public storm-water system, dry well, local water body or into the ground.  Like a catch basin, a dry well might also collect rainwater runoff from gutters and other impervious surfaces around homes and businesses such as the driveway, patio and walkways and other areas. Dry wells take many forms and can serve a variety of purposes in household drainage, and it’s possible to see them used in conjunction with a catch basin or to see more than one used on a single piece of property.

How Do I Know If I Need In-Ground Drainage System?

You and any other homeowner or resident knows their property better than anyone else, and there are some signs that may indicate you need supplemental or improved drainage:

  • Is there standing water in your yard or near your property regularly?
  • Do you have concrete, steel or other impermeable materials edging the yard?
  • Does the grass stay saturated?
  • Are parts of the lawn dead?
  • Are there foul odors in certain spots?
  • Do you see excess insects, mosquitoes in particular?
  • Is the terrain of your yard or neighborhood sloped?
  • Does water accumulate in the basement or garage or other areas after a heavy rain?
  • Is there any mold or mildew on the interior or exterior of your home? The presence of any of these conditions can be helped and often solved with a correctly sized catch basin and/or dry well. 

How Do I Maintain the System?

Keep it clean: While a well-functioning dry-well will catch all the runoff properly, the water will always bring dirt, asphalt particles, vegetation and other assorted materials with it. One key to good function is to clean out the dry well or catch basin periodically and check and clean the grate often, like after every big rain and almost daily when leaves are falling. How often you need to have it cleaned depends on how fast debris accumulates, which to some extent depends on each individual property and its terrain.

Usually, an annual or semi-annual inspection and maintenance plan is sufficient for average situations.

Tend to the pump: Your dry-well setup may include an existing pump that has malfunctioned, or you may have to use a pump to remove water in order to find and fix problems. Especially since pumps and their installation are expensive people like to consult a professional to get the job done right.

Take preventative measures:  Try not to dispose of fat, oil or grease, or fog, down the drain or through any drainage system since it will cause system clogs. People are advised to remove as much of the materials from dishes as possible and then throw it in the trash before washing or running dishes through the dishwasher.

Clean gutters: The more leaves, sticks, dirt, asphalt particles and other debris you can keep out of the gutters, the less that material will flow to the dry well or catch basin. You can also use gutter guards or screens to keep waste out of the water that flows to the catch basin or dry well.

Good maintenance will prevent you from having a costly repair bill that can potentially involve water pumps, excavation and new mortar or concrete. The cost of an annual or semi-annual professional inspection is small compared to what any one of the bigger projects or major service could cost, such as a catch-basin replacement.

Elite Excavation and Drainage SVCS., offers inspection and maintenance service for all in ground drainage systems.

CALL TO SCHEDULE BEFORE THE WINTER!!

973-936-3594

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KELTOM GUTTER SERVICE SERVING BURLINGTON COUNTY!!!

 

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Keltom Gutter Service is now in your neighborhood….from Dennisson Court in Marlton, to Station Road in Roebling, stopping on Finchley Court  in Southhampton. We are servicing gutters including: gutter cleanings, repairs and installations along the way.

 Have a wood, metal, tile or slate roof?  We don’t walk on specialty roofs – at all.  Any special needs you have such as heating cables, solar panels or copper gutters we pay special attention and use the proper techniques and equipment to ensure that  the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Regular maintenance of your gutters is one of the most important chores you can do to protect your most valuable investment.  Water damage can be costly whether it’s damaged windows and doors or foundation damage  – the worst you can have.  So if you didn’t clean your gutters last Fall or this Spring now is the time before snow and ice do more damage.

When we clean your gutters we will check for any gutter or fascia repairs that you may not even be aware of and provide a written estimate to fix the issue.  We like our customers so we send you an invoice and don’t require a credit card to schedule a gutter cleaning.

Thinking of installing new replacement gutters?  Not sure if your current configuration is appropriate for your home?  We will send our trained field estimator to work with you on determining the best solution and to provide information on seamless aluminum gutters, color choices for gutters and downspouts, gutter guards, and copper gutter information.

Call us if you have questions about our gutter cleaning maintenance agreements, immediate guttering cleaning estimates, repair procedures and pricing, advice on gutter installations or any other gutter related issues!!!

Call now to get an immediate price quote for your gutter cleaning or to schedule an estimate. We’re scheduling service in all of Burlington County.

1-877-535-8660

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SCHEDULING THE MOST IMPORTANT CHORE - GUTTER CLEANING

Scheduling your gutter cleaning after snow, ice and Spring or Fall debris is down is one of the most important chore to do.  You can have peace of mind knowing that there is no debris in the gutter to help contribute to damaged gutters.  Leftover debris from last fall is already putting serious stress on your gutters and the fascia board that they are attached to.  If your gutters are not properly secured or your fascia has begun to deteriorate due to the every day weather conditions your gutters can fall off.  By having your gutters checked during a routine cleaning you can help prevent damage.  A fallen gutter that is not damaged is not as bad as a gutter that is hanging and bent.  Once the gutter is bent it can not be repaired.

A yearly gutter maintenance check-up will alert you to any issues that may be going on with your gutters.  Keltom Gutters offers a maintenance plan to fit every home....whether you have tons of leaves and need it done more often or if your home gets hardly any leaves and want to clean your gutters once a year, we can help. 

Snow and ice are heavy and the weight of it in your gutters can cause serious damage to your current gutter system which will allow your home to be subject to water damage once the weather clears and everything starts melting.  The problem that you run into is that after the heavy snow your gutter repairs and evaluation is too late.  You also  forgot to clean your gutters in the Fall so now there is even more weight in your gutter.  This is why proper regular gutter maintenance is so important.

We are currently scheduling for Spring  gutter cleaning and as a new customer or recurring customer we are here to help.  

Check out more information on the importance of regular gutter maintenance on our website; keltomgutters.com    1-877-535-8660


Fairs, Festivals in NJ while NOT CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS!

Keltom Gutter Services says" Get out of the house, go to some fairs and festivals, enjoy the spring weather and let us to the dirty work for you.

No one wants to have to 1. drag out, 2. find or borrow a ladder 3. clean your gutters.  Not everyone is perfect and okay you forgot to clean your gutters in the fall and now the water is overflowing along the house ruining your landscape, damaging your windows and your wife is yelling at you to get out of the house and have some fun.

Below is information about us and a short list of fun things to do while not cleaning your gutters.

Our gutter cleaning service the easiest ways to avoid damage to your home.  Regular  gutter maintenance is one of the most important home maintenance chores you need to do.

Gutters or leaders act as the first defense against rain and snow damage on key parts of your home. When cleaned annually or biannually, we prepare them for any moisture by draining it away from the home and into the yard. It’s important to clean them out twice a year—especially in autumn after leaves fall—to avoid paying thousands of dollars on repairs to the roof, foundation, or siding from seasonal storms and improper drainage.

The downspouts also play a key role in the gutters as well. If they are filled with debris, then the water will not drain into the yard, which means back-filling the gutters which cause damage to the soffit, fascia and siding and very likely the house interior.

Several factors come into play with our gutter cleaning service: is the home multi-level or single level?  How many sides of your house have gutters, what type of roof does the house have, does the house have any type of gutter guard or screens?  Why do we ask about the type of roof you have? If you have a slate or cedar roof then our technicians will not walk on the roof. Solid gutter guards on top of your gutters need special attention....as a result you may think that debris will not get into the gutters but build up of debris over the years can cause your gutters to block and cause water damage.  Birds like to build nests and small animals hide their food and treats in your gutters! Screens on your gutters also require special attention. Screens come loose and leaves and debris accumulate.

Have copper gutters?  Ladder stabilizers are used to make sure the ladders do not touch the gutters.

NOW is the time to gt your gutters cleaned to protect your home.

Go to our website to see what we have to offer.

 www.keltomgutters.com or call 1-877-535-8660. Serving 13 counties in NJ.

 

 

 


October Home Maintenance - always top-down

Many homeowners think okay I'll do the easy stuff first...mostly on the ground.  Doing top-down is the best way to avoid double work.  I mean think about it....your roof needs repair whether it is wood, asphalt shingle,or slate repairs are messy.  Gutters need repair, cleaning or maybe even new ones, again messy. Chimney needs cleaning or repair - messy.  Having your windows cleaned for the holidays?  Top-down!!  Why clean the landscaping twice?? So the best thing to do is take a look at the list below and try to get in the mood to do all that is necessary to protect your most valuable asset - your home. 

The fun of owning your own home........below is a list of the top fall maintenance chores.

  • Have your furnace or chimney cleaned-It’s been awhile since you’ve had to light any fires or turn on the heat, but soon those cold temperatures will be back. Have a qualified technician come in and check it out. Don’t forget to change your furnace filter too!

  • Check for roof damage– Now is the time to see the damage before it’s covered up by ice, snow, and whatever Oklahoma weather throws at us.

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts-Don’t let that debris clutter up. It could cause bigger damage later on.

  • Double check your caulk-Check for caulk corrosion around doors and windows to make sure there’s not deterioration. Also, check around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilets to make they are all seal accordingly. With cold temperatures, bugs love to find any path into a warm space.

  • Clean out the clothes dryer exhaust duct and area beneath the dryer– Remove any fire hazard by removing all lint, dust, and pieces of material that may have made its way down there.

  • Exam your electrical outlets for any wear and tear or potential fire hazards. Frayed wires or ill-fitting plugs can all be red flags.

  • Update your fire extinguisher– Make sure your fire extinguisher is still up to date. Not to mention, some companies offer a discount just for having one.

  • Inspect your smoke detectors– Check all the batteries and make sure there is at least one on each floor of your home, because you missed the day on March 31.

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.

  • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Your local utility company will often provide this service for free.

  • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators. 

  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems. Cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow moisture to escape. To install attic insulation, unroll the insulation with the paper side out. Install small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor. Be careful not to step between the joists.

Many of the chores listed you can do your self but I personally don’t recommend that you go on the roof for any chore.  Accidents happen – why take a chance when there are people like us whose job it is to inspect, clean and service your gutters. Been in business over 23 years in 13 counties in NJ so by this time we know what we are doing. That’s our job.

$15 OFF YOUR FIRST GUTTER CLEANING - FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS ONLY

CALL TO SCHEDULE NOW - 1-877-535-8660

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THE PERFECT FATHER'S DAY GIFT?

WHAT DO YOU GET A MAN FOR FATHER'S DAY?  I mean really how many barbecue, landscaping, power tools and electronic devices does he need???  Maybe, just maybe you should get him a gift that will help keep him around longer....a gift certificate. No,  not one to Amazon or Itunes but one that could just save his life or prevent serious injury.

  • According to the World Health Organization the US leads the world in ladder injuries. Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-related injuries and 300 ladder fatalities.  It can be a  dangerous job and requires skilled professionals.  Don't let Dad on the ladder!!  Our techs are trained to manage ladders and use the proper equipment to safely clean out your gutters.  We have liability and workers compensation insurance let us take the risk.

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    Working off the 32' ladder is our job

How We Clean Gutters

  • With just a few questions and answers our fully trained office staff will provide a price quote immediately when you call
  • Courtesy – our technicians will knock on the door to let you know they are on your property
  • We bring our own hoses – all we need is an outside faucet available with water available
  • Gutters are hand cleaned – we don’t use blowers
  • All debris is bagged at the roofline and removed from the premises
  • Gutters and downspouts are flushed (temperature must be over 40°)
  • A door tag will be left at the site upon completion
  • No pre-payment required – we will mail the invoice

Debris Clean Up

We will bag all debris at the roofline – reducing the amount of debris that blower usage may cause. We will remove it from the premises upon the completion of the job.  It will appear as if we were never at your home, aside from your gutters being empty, fully functional and the door tag left on your door.

CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE A GUTTER CLEANING FOR DAD. WE HAVE GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE.

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Why take a chance on falling off your roof? Let Keltom clean your gutters.

How tall is your house? Even if you think about going on your roof to clean your gutters read below......this is serious.

People who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. A total of 20,498 occupational fatalities occurred from 1992-2009. Of these deaths, nearly one-third – 6,591 – were attributed to fall injuries, with 2,163 fatalities resulting from roof falls.

Because of the heights, falls from roofs usually cause bad injuries. Here are some of the injuries that can result from a rooftop fall:

Death;
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia;
Back injuries;
Ankle, foot and knee injuries;
Bone fractures, including hairline and compound fractures
Spinal cord damage;
Bruises;
Sprains, and more.

Keltom Gutter Services is fully insured with both workers compensation and liability to provide gutter cleaning services in 12 counties in NJ. Call or contact us today to schedule your gutter cleaning.
1-877-535-8660 or info@keltomgutters.com  www.keltomgutters.com