Preparing Your Home for Winter

If you live in area that experiences a harsh winter, there are certain steps that you can take to prepare your house for most things that Mother Nature can throw at you. These “must follow” tips will go a long way in ensuring your energy bills do not become astronomical, increase the longevity of your installed fixtures and most importantly keep you comfortable and safe.

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The first thing that you need to do is to ensure your furnace is in optimum working condition. Get an inspection done before winter arrives so that you are not stuck without heat on the coldest day of the year! You also need to make sure that your roof does not have any cracks or other damage that can cause leaks as the snow begins to fall. Next up is the weather stripping around the doors and windows of the house that helps keep the cold out and you warm. Replace any damaged weather stripping to help keep your energy bills in check.

The drafts from the gaps in the doors and windows can be quite brutal in the winters so you want to caulk around any gaps larger than a nickel in size. Silicone caulk is long lasting, sturdy against the elements and does not shrink. All the water from the external faucets, pipes or sprinklers should be drained so that they don’t burst. The gutters around the house should also be cleaned, otherwise there is a risk of the water backing up and damaging the house. An even better idea is to install a gutter leaf guard to ensure that there is no accumulation of detritus in the gutters.

All the water outlets should also be extended to ensure that there is no water being dumped within 3-4 feet of the foundation of the house. That’s it! You are now ready for the winter.

Best Tools for Fall Yard Cleanup

It’s recommended that homeowners should remove leaves from their backyard at least twice every fall season. Some people have a habit of waiting until the season ends before doing their cleanup, but this means that there is more work to do at the end of it all. There are a few pieces of effective equipment that can be used to remove debris from your backyard, some of which include:

a) Leaf blower: This is a dual-cycle, gasoline-run blower used to gather leaves together in canvases, or blow them directly into the curb. If your home has a large backyard, then consider buying the backpack model which is more powerful to use than the handheld model.

b) Yard vacuum: It helps in vacuuming, shredding, chipping and bagging leaves as well as other debris found in the yard. Once the leaves are grounded up, they quickly decompose and can be used as compost.

c) Leaf tarp: Instead of just drawing fallen leaves into large bags, a leaf tarp helps in raking or blowing them up into a pile on top of a sturdy polypropylene leaf tarp, which can then be dumped into a bin.

d) Leaf rake: This rigid, fan-shaped rake is very effective in collecting leaves. Go for one that is fitted with a cushion handlebar and fan system measuring 30-to-36 inches. They work better in raking between shrubs and flower beds.

Installing a good gutter guard structure is also part of the protection which your home requires. These units come in various forms such as the screen guards, which are perforated with a covering to prevent leaves from getting inside the gutter itself. The system should always be kept clean and free from clogging, so that rain runoff water can be drained off. Gutter covers are sold in rolls and can be bought from home improvement stores near you.

GutterDome joins ARCSA

Lincoln, California (September 28, 2015) – GutterDome, Inc. was founded in Lincoln, California in 2010 for the purpose of providing outstanding rain gutter protection system and “Best in Class” customer service and sales support to an Authorized Dealer network of leading contractors and installation companies. GutterDome has been recognized and independently reviewed by a leading Consumer Report testing organization as the #1 Rated Best Product for Value and Performance available in North America for professional installation.

Over the past 20 years, rainwater reclamation has transitioned from an afterthought to a key strategy to conserve water. The latest droughts in the Western US have highlighted the value of long available methods to “catch” rainwater. Throughout the world, more and more home owners are deploying systems to save falling water for future use.

As one of the country’s fastest growing gutter protection manufacturers, GutterDome has long been involved in the process of helping people conserve water through their gutter guard solutions. Recently, GutterDome has decided to formalize this effort by sponsoring the American Rain Water Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) website. This allows GutterDome to more effectively highlight their efforts support rainwater capture to their potential clients and partners.

About ARCA

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Dr. Hari J. Krishna in Austin, Texas, to promote rainwater catchment systems in the United States.

Our memberships consist of professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, and other interested individuals.

Membership is not limited to the United States, and we encourage all rainwater harvesting enthusiasts to join our organization. Local responsibilities are often delegated to ARCSA’s Regional Representatives.

About GutterDome

GutterDome, Inc. is an industry leading developer and manufacturer of rain gutter protection systems. The company’s products are designed to help consumers save time, money and protect their most valuable asset, their home.

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Contact:
GutterDome, Inc.
Jeffrey McCoy
877.987.4888

GutterDome joins Rotary Club

Lincoln, California (September 25,2015) – GutterDome, Inc. was founded in Lincoln, California in 2010 for the purpose of providing outstanding rain gutter protection system and “Best in Class” customer service and sales support to an Authorized Dealer network of leading contractors and installation companies. GutterDome has been recognized and independently reviewed by a leading Consumer Report testing organization as the #1 Rated Best Product for Value and Performance available in North America for professional installation.

Over the years, GutterDome has been involved in the community in various ways. Recently Jeffrey McCoy, the President and CEO of the company, decided GutterDome should become involved in the Rotary International Club. He wanted to make sure the company was involved in organization that allowed businesses to serve both their local community and the world at large.

As noted on the Rotary website, Rotarians typically contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

For more details about top quality gutter guards, and to know more about GutterDome, check out http://www.GutterDome.com.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

About GutterDome

GutterDome, Inc. is an industry leading developer and manufacturer of rain gutter protection systems. The company’s products are designed to help consumers save time, money and protect their most valuable asset, their home.

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Contact:
GutterDome, Inc.
Jeffrey McCoy
877.987.4888

Understanding the Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is that period of the year when tropical storms and depressions start to form over the Atlantic Ocean. And as you may know, sometimes these seasonal storms transform into to full-blown hurricanes e.g., the likes of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane David. But how do these tropical cyclones come about?

Satellite View of Hurracaine
Atlantic Hurricane Season

Usually, hurricane activity occurs due to the difference between the sea surface temperatures and that of the air aloft. And as it so happens, this difference peaks during late summer, just before the fall—or mid-to-late September. However, it’s also worth noting that sometimes these cyclones can start forming as early as June or July.

The culture of tracking the Atlantic Hurricane Season harks back to 1935 when the installation of dedicated wire (hurricane) circuits along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts began. The process was completed in 1955 and since then the tropics & southeastern United States have been monitored starting from June 15th to November 31st for any hurricane activity and measures taken to evacuate people from hurricane prone areas. And with the advancement of satellite imagery technology, it has become even easier to track, spot and surveil the storms easily via images taken from space.

Now, during any hurricane season, the NHC (National Hurricane Center) issues their Tropical Weather Outlook Product – a comprehensive journal showing all the areas where the storms might develop into full-blown hurricanes – to the relevant authorities. Nonetheless, in the past 50 years, the Hurricane Season has mostly affected areas bordering the East Coast, from Florida to Nova Scotia.

So, if you reside in any of these areas, you may want to take some measures to protect your home during this volatile season. One of the best ways is by installing rain gutter guards to keep the debris (leaves, stones, gravel, etc.) from clogging your drains and sewers. Besides, you will also be preventing water from pooling unnecessarily over your rooftops and thus minimizing the extent of any roof damage sustained during such a season.

Are You Ready for Some Football?!?

With fall now upon us, the fans around the country are preparing for the long-awaited opening games of both college and NFL pro football. Everyone everywhere is setting down to make their Fantasy Football picks and make their 2016 Super Bowl predictions. It is a rare household that does not engage in this spectacular, and surely Sundays and Monday nights are about to get a whole lot louder.

For the avid football fan, and indeed the football enthusiast, fall presents us with long-cherished hours of offensive & defensive efforts from our favorite teams, intense coaching strategies and astounding player effort that sometimes send our heads reeling and our hearts crashing.

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Football Field

Players and coaches alike will light up our television screens with some of the greatest and most talked about plays and maneuvers football can afford us. Meanwhile, commentators will both amaze and confound us with their creative play-by-play theatrics. In some cases, they will simply irritate us beyond words with their off-the-cuff (and sometimes ridiculous!) words and expressions.

Every fan takes pride and pleasure in watching, experiencing, and tracking their favorite team’s progress throughout the season, and tallying up those Fantasy Football points–all in the hopes of finding their team or players sitting in the number one spot at the close of the week or season!

Game schedules are etched in stone, jerseys and hats are proudly worn, while “Terrible Towels” and “Cheese Heads” are displayed everywhere. Thinking about the cooler, more comfortable fall weather, the crisp temperatures at game time, the tailgating and in-stadium chants—there isn’t a fan or player that hasn’t counted down the hours until Thursday night kickoff between the Steelers and the Patriots is upon us.

With fall comes many exciting and fun-filled things to enjoy, but let’s not forget to safeguard our gutters from all those beautiful but troublesome leaves that are soon to be falling in colorful masses, by purchasing and installing practical and efficient leaf gutter guards for your home.

Protecting your team spirit is a vital part of your fall season, but let’s not forget that protecting your gutters from all that fall leaf build up is every bit as important as cheering your team to victory. Fall is here, football season is about to kickoff, and we’re ready to embrace every field goal, touchdown and Red Zone play.

Amid all the football hoopla though let’s not forget to take that all-important “time out” and install those top of the line truly affordable leaf gutter guards long before the clock runs out!

Late Summer Thunderstorms Can Be Fierce

Most of us think about summer as a sunny and happy time, but that is not always the case.  In many parts of the country, summer also provide ample opportunity for rain.

Late summer thunderstorms are something to be expected across much of the United States. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are more than 1,800 thunderstorms taking place at any given moment this time of year. Many of these storms are significant, often at least 15 miles in diameter and taking over 30 minutes to pass over a specific area.

Thunderstorms have a greater chance of developing when there are two basic weather factors interacting with each other:

  • quickly rising columns of warm air
  • significant amount of moisture

As most people know, both of these conditions exist in abundance during the late summer months, and this is one reason why these storms occur more frequently during this time of year.

During late summer, thunderstorms tend to be stronger because there is the largest amount of warm air and moisture trapped in the atmosphere. These relatively high amounts of moisture and heat give summer storms more potential to be unusually large and damaging.

POTENTIAL DAMAGE FROM LATE SEASON THUNDERSTORMS

Late season thunderstorms are usually associated with several types of related hazardous weather phenomenon. These may include: heavy rain, flash flooding, unusually large hail stones, lightning, very high winds, and even tornadoes.

Any one of these phenomenon (or a combination of them) can produce conditions which can severely test the water channeling and dispersal systems of a home. Winds can produce plenty of debris in the form of leaves and twigs, which can damage rooves and other parts of a house.  If heavy rain is not forced away from the foundation of a home, potentially hazardous results can occur.

KEEPING WATER FROM IMPACTING YOUR HOME

When it comes to protecting the home from water related damages, the water removal system of the home – which includes the roof as well as the gutters and drainage system – is underrated by many homeowners. The function that the gutters perform becomes even more important during the late summer season, when violent thunderstorms are at their peak strength and ferocity.

When it comes to protecting the home from water damage, gutters are the unsung heroes of the water removal system. They perform this vital duty in several important ways.

First, gutters collect rain water as it runs off the lowest shingles on the roof. This is very important, because without the gutters in place to catch and channel fluid, large volumes of water would run over and under the fascia of the roof. Not only would this result in water getting into the home itself, the fascia would over time sustain damage in the form of mold and rotted wood; in time it would detach from the house completely.

Second, gutters channel the huge volumes of water dumped by violent summer thunderstorms away from the house. If torrents of rainwater were allowed to just cascade over the edge of the roof and fall to the ground below, in time this water would create a moat-like channel around the edges of the home.

Not only would this expose the foundation of the home and promote flooding, in winter months water would get into this channel and potentially crack the foundation, with catastrophic results for the owner of the home.

GUTTER PROTECTION SYSTEMS WILL HELP

Modern day gutter protection systems go a long way towards keeping the entire home in good shape. If debris is allowed to collect in gutters, water won’t be channeled away from the home properly during heavy late summer storms. An effective gutter protection system will prevent this by keeping leaves, twigs, lichens, and other obstructions out of the gutter in the first place.

GutterDome is a company that makes the best gutter protection systems on the planet.  If you are interested in our patented solutions, we encourage you to visit our website for more information (www.GutterDome.com) or call us at 877-987-4888.