How Whirlybirds, Acorns, and Other Seeds Germinate in Your Gardens and Gutters

One of the semi-annual tasks you must perform as a homeowner is the dreadful ritual of gutter cleaning.  When you climb the ladder to examine the state of the gutter channels and downspouts, you’ll probably find a few things. Most likely, a collection of brown muck that’s a combination of dust, pollen, and dirt.  You also might find remnants of a bird’s nest from a nearby tree. In addition to these and depending on the season, you’ll find plenty of flat items that look like helicopter blades as well as acorns never collected by the local squirrels. In fact, if

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How Improper Installation of Gutters Could Lead to Costly Damage

We do things differently at K-Guard especially when it comes to gutter installation versus other gutter options.  The post below summarizes why that is critical when it comes to home maintenance. Where is the Floodplain for my Gutter? Think of a traditional gutter that is overflowing with water.  That “top” is essentially the plain where water will discharge in the event the gutter becomes clogged.  K-Guard is installed above the floodplain which eliminates the possibility of gutter separation from the fascia board and soffit.  You can see a video demonstration of this here in section comparing K-Guard vs. Traditional Gutters.

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Don’t throw away those gutters! They can be used for gardening

In the ongoing struggle to reduce our global footprint, we have been asked to reduce the amount of waste we add to landfills. Hence, the reason we recycle our plastics and glass. Some take it a step further with composting or irrigating their gardens via a water barrel.  Repurpose for the Planet Then there’s the act of repurposing broken or outdated items. When you look at the non-perishable items you discard, many of these can be repurposed. Some of them go to organizations like the Goodwill or a Habitat ReStore. Others are placed in second-hand or consignment stores. And those

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Water Stain on Your Ceiling? The Problem May Be Your Gutters

There’s something you never want to see on your ceiling and it’s not a spider; it’s a water stain. What Does It Mean? A stain can mean several things. The obvious one is there’s a leak in the pipes, particularly if a bathroom is directly overhead. The most common source on an upper floor is a leak in the roof.  Less common is a break in a window’s weather stripping which might allow water to seep in during storms. Or, it can be something that you never considered.  It can be your gutters. How do Gutters Cause Stains? Gutters cause

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How Gutters Can Help Your Sump Pump

The average amount of precipitation that falls across the U.S. per year, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, is approximately 30 inches. Of course, what falls per state and region varies. For instance, Kansas receives approximately 29 inches of rain and snow while Missouri gets over 42 inches. Combined, the Kansas City area receives a combined 50 inches of rain and snow in any given year. That’s good news for lawns and farms but can be an issue for residential homes, particularly if they are in low-lying areas that tend to flood.  This could be especially troublesome if the homeowner hasn’t invested

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What are Splash Blocks and Why Does Your Home Need Them?

Splash blocks are simple devices that sit at the base of your downspouts to aid in precipitation distribution, eliminating water pooling around your home’s foundation. Precipitation distribution During an average rainstorm, your gutters collect a large amount of precipitation. As the channels fill, the water flows into the downspouts. Once it hits the ground there’s really nowhere for it to go other than a large puddle unless you have a splash block. Splash blocks can be made of rubber, concrete, granite, or plastic.  Most have a narrow input point – where the water from the gutter’s downspouts lands – and

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What is Roof Pitch and What Effect Does it Have on my Home’s Exterior?

What is roof pitch? In its basic definition, roof pitch – also known as its slope –  is the number of inches your roof rises for every foot of depth. As an example, a 6/12pitch represents a rise of six inches for every foot inward toward its peak, also known as its ridge. The importance of roof pitch To you, the roof’s pitch may not be critical. As long as it has some sort of angle it will distribute precipitation to the gutters. In turn, it removes it from the roofline via downspouts. However, this isn’t the case. If the

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Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If you have open gutters or a gutter system other than K-Guard Leaf Free Gutters, you might need some helpful tips and tricks to make cleaning them as painless and safe as possible – for you and your home. Tip 1: Clean during calm weather: Inclement conditions will make you rush through gutter maintenance which may cause you to miss something. Try to take care of everything in calm conditions. If it’s going to be hot, work on the gutters in the early morning or late in the day. Cold day? Work on the gutters during the sunniest and warmest

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Rain Barrels:  A Plausible Solution for Watering Your Lawn or Garden?

In the 21st century, when technology attempts to solve our problems, are rain barrels a plausible solution for watering your lawn or garden? The answer depends on several factors. First, does your municipality allow this method of water storage? While many cities and towns have turned to this ecological method of water conservation, others have a ban on them. This can be due to previously enacted laws or environmental issues. If this is the case, their use for watering is a moot point unless you get special permission. However, if you are permitted to use this method, the next thing

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How Gutters Can Help (or Hurt) Your Garden

Who doesn’t love spring?  For garden enthusiasts, spring is especially exciting with it’s inherent prospect for change and potential to bring natural life, color, and vibrancy into the world. Prime Planting Season The early weeks of spring are the perfect time to start a garden. There are many reasons for this: Nurseries and garden departments of home improvement stores aren’t as busy as when the weather gets warmer. Thus, you have the pick of new stock. More time is available for your plants to establish strong root growth. A hearty system absorbs more nutrients for healthy and robust top growth

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