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Living Around a Fireplace Installation

I happen to know a thing or two about living in a home while a new fireplace is being installed. It takes some time for the process to be completed, and the inconvenience can feel pretty intense, but there are tips and tricks you can use to make the process easier on the entire family – like turn a bedroom into the living room (if the living room is where your new fireplace is going, of course) when the construction gets a little loud. In the fifty years that I've lived in this home, I have experienced my fair share of home improvement projects. I decided that maybe some of my experience can help others who are looking to complete their own projects, like installing a new fireplace. Enjoy!

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Healthy Gutters, Winter, Spring, Summer, And Fall

Clogged gutters can cause bigger problems to your home than you might expect. Many homeowners think they only need to worry about clogged gutters in the autumn when the leaves fall, but in reality, heavy winter snow and ice can be even more troublesome. Here is what you need to know about your gutters all year long.  

The Autumn Leaves Are Falling

In addition to leaves, autumn also sees nuts, pine cones, and pine needles in abundance. Wind and rain drive this debris, which ends up finding its way to your roof and eventually to your gutters. Small animals, like chipmunks and squirrels, will also carry organic materials to your gutters, creating their own personal storage trough.

All of this debris must be removed when autumn comes to an end. If the gutters aren't cleaned out, you run the risk of them becoming clogged, which will prevent excess water from getting away from your house. This can result in water damage to the fascia, which is the wooden sheath your gutters are physically attached to. Eventually, the wood becomes rotten and the entire system comes crashing down.

Winter Rears Its Ugly Head

In areas of the country that see heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures, the snow and ice can cause havoc on your gutters. The gutters become filled with snow and if your home is poorly insulated, the heat escaping from the house will cause the snow in the gutters to turn to solid ice. Then, massive icicles will start accumulating. These icicles can be downright deadly if they are overhanging entryways. Icicles can also be dangerous hanging in front of windows.

Spring Is In The Air

With April showers come May flowers, and that includes the budding leaves and blossoming flowers on trees. Your yard and your gutters can be almost as messy as the autumn leaf drop. Trees like cottonwoods release their cottony seed fluffs in late spring. The ubiquitous Bradford pear tree that urban planners planted everywhere in the past twenty years may be pretty to look at, but its flowers will coat everything and fill your gutters. Even dandelions can produce enough flyaway seeds to potentially cause a problem in your gutters.

Summertime, When The Living Is Easy

Summer provides the perfect opportunity and weather to do a thorough check on your gutters and see how they faired the previous months. It's also the perfect time to have a gutter repair and installation expert to come over to the house and patch any gutters that may have cracked. You can also discuss what other options you have. For example, in areas with heavy snowfall, you may be better off getting a gutter guard or ice dam to prevent snow buildup. You can even have a heated gutter guard so no icicles build up. A professional gutter and roofing installation specialist can design a custom system that is right for you.