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29

Mar

Garden Irrigation Watering System Made by Rain Barrels

By ajsgutters

Garden Irrigation Watering System Made by Rain Barrels

With the advancements in technologies, experts these days are looking for new methods to ease the process of garden irrigation. Scientists reveal that resources on this planet are reducing day by day so it is better to use them creatively.

What if we can use rainwater to benefit our garden, home, and community? That will definitely be a great idea. But how you can implement it? The only answer is using Rain Barrels. A.J.s’s Gutters Houston have found the perfect solution for your garden irrigation needs. Below we have highlighted few details about what are rain barrels and why they are the best choice for the garden irrigation system.

What are Rain Barrels?

Rain barrels are the containers that help to capture rainwater falling from the roof and can conserve it for other needs. These barrels are capable enough to store around 50 to 80-gallon water and it further has a spigot that can be used for filling water cans. It also has a connection to soaker hose that eases the irrigation process for busy garden owners. These rain barrels can store enough water to maintain your big garden and yard area with ease.

Benefits of using Rain Barrels for Garden Irrigation Watering System:

  • It can save money:

The biggest benefit of using rain barrels for irrigation is it helps to save money on water bills. Reports say that around 40% of residential water in the summer season is used for lawn and garden irrigation. These rain barrels can help homeowners to save around 1300 gallon water that can ease the burden on city water supply as well.

  • Good for the health of soil and plants:

Experts reveal that tap water contains fluoride compounds and inorganic ions that can cause harm to roots of the plant and can kill the essential microorganisms in the soil as well. On the other side, rainwater is free from such additives and can keep your soil clean from salt build-up. Hence, you will naturally have healthy vegetation in your garden.

  • Can save you from runoff issues:

Rains barrels are also effective enough to reduce the runoff that is often caused by heavy rainfall. The runoff is the biggest trouble for garden owners as it takes away soil, oil, fertilizers, and pesticides from landscapes and hard surfaces. Rain barrels are the best solution for minimizing the runoff pollutants from gardens.

Professionals at AJS Gutters can help you to find the best solution for rain barrels in Houston. You can contact them now for instant assistance for your garden irrigation watering system.

 

22

Feb

WHY YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS IN THE SPRING

By ajsgutters

WHY YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS IN THE SPRING

After a period of cold weather usually associated with the winter period then comes the warm weather. Millions of homeowners are usually busy with the task they had left behind during the cold weather period. Most of the time, individuals are usually busy with arranging the pantry or scrubbing floors. During this period, a lot of homeowners do not have the time to be climbing a ladder to clean their gutter, or they tend to overlook the importance of cleaning it. Cleaning your gutter during spring might be a daunting task, but its importance cannot be overemphasized. Some of the reasons why you should clean your gutter this spring includes;

  • It Helps to Protect Your Gutter

It is not surprising to find leaves, woods, debris and dirt clog your gutter during winter and spring storm. If this is not cleared on time, it may lead to clogging of your gutter which in turn will damage the edge of your roof due to its weight. Failing to clear your gutter during spring will lead to unforeseen expenses and damage instead of a simple cleaning.

 

  • To Prevent Foundation Problems

When the gutter of your home is left uncleared, water will be unable to flow freely, and this will lead to water flowing over the edges and the exterior of your home walls and down to the ground level flooding not just your basement but also pooling around your foundation until the ground can absorb it. Remember that too much moisture in the foundation will weaken not just the foundation but also mold and mildew problems. To prevent these situations, which may affect your home resale value, it is important to clean your gutters.

 

  • Helps to Prevent Wood Rot and Keep Out Pest

This is one of the major reason why you should clean your gutter. When your gutter is left uncleared, it results in the rot of your home soffits, eaves, and fascia boards. Cleaning your gutter during spring and regularly helps to prevent such because clogged gutters are usually a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

With spring fast approaching, it is important to schedule a time for cleaning your gutters. For homeowners with busy schedules, you can contact us at A.J.’s gutters and take advantage of our professional but affordable gutter cleaning services. Always remember that regular cleaning of your gutter will help to prevent clogging of your gutter, preserve your home paint, and help prevent health problems.

 

26

Jan

How can ice damage your gutters

By ajsgutters

How can ice damage your gutters

HOW ICE CAN DAMAGE YOUR HOME GUTTER

Houston area has faced a brutal winter this year and winter isn’t over yet. With that in mind we would like to bring up a point that, as Houstonians rarely have to deal with up till this year, is how ice and freezing temperatures can damage your gutters.

 

VARIOUS WAYS ICE CAN DESTROY YOUR GUTTER

  1. Ice dam: Here in Houston, ice dams are rare usually. It’s when a block of water in your gutter has frozen and is blocking any other standing water in your gutter. This can happen when we have several days of below freezing temperatures.
  2. Blocked Frozen Water: Ice, snow and frozen over water can be more than twice its original weight and can pull down your gutter. All that extra weight on the gutter for lengthy periods of time can lead to the crumple, bend, crack, or separation of the trough from its hangers. When the freeze is over, make sure you check your gutters for separation or damage.
  3. Downspout Blockage: Another issue that concerns your gutter is the downspout plug; this happens when snow or freezing rain trickles down your trough into this area. Most times the snow further transforms into ice and blocks the passage of water from your gutter. The tendency for downspout blockage occurring is higher when the snow level on the ground is above the end-opening of your downspout. After the freeze, check to make sure that the snow and ice has not left other deposits (dirt, dead leaves) blocking your downspout.

Even though it rarely happens here in the Houston area, this winter has left a reminder that you can never be too careful. Catching small issues after a winter storm can save you from bigger headaches with your gutters down the road in the warmer seasons.

 

 

 

22

Dec

How a Clogged Gutters can damage your home

By ajsgutters

How a Clogged Gutters can damage your home

Cleaning home gutters might not seem like a crucial task, but gutter cleaning is the best way to protect your home from the damage that comes with clogged house gutters. Home gutters are designed to carry the water from rain, and other refuse away from the house. However, when your home gutters fill with silt and other debris and become clogged, you need gutter repair Houston because otherwise, you leave your house vulnerable to the following problems.

How can Clogged Home Gutters lead to Home Damage?

They can weaken the Home Foundation

Clean gutters prevent water from dripping onto the foundation. Without gutter cleaning, gutters become clogged, water easily overflows them, spilling onto the foundation and pooling on it. The foundation then becomes weak. From a positive standpoint, it takes time before that can happen. However, your house could suffer from mold before developing a weak foundation.

They damage the Landscape

Once water starts spilling over clogged home gutters, gardens plants start dying because of the excess water. This, in turn, ruins the landscape of your home.

Clogged Gutters can ruin the Roofing and Siding of Your Home

When people skip on the gutter cleaning and allow debris to build up in their gutters, they risk damaging their roofs and housing sides.

Water cannot flow through clogged gutters. Instead, it piles towards the roof or pools down the sides. Long contact between roofing materials such as fascia and water leads to leaking and warping of the roof.

When the water goes down the sides instead, it leads to deterioration and discoloring of the sides, particularly when the sides are made of wood.

Want to protect your home from the effects of clogged home gutters? Contact professionals in gutter repair Houston today. It will save you further expenses down the line.

About A.J.’s Seamless Gutters- Houston’s Gutter Services

A.J.’s Seamless Gutters is a division of A.J.’s Construction Services L.L.C. A.J.’s Seamless Gutters has been providing residential and commercial gutters, to Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe & Bryan/College Station and beyond since 1994. We provide a variety of gutter services, including seamless aluminum and copper gutters, commercial property Gutter Installation, Gutter cleaning and repair services. We offer over 30 different gutter colors to compliment your home’s trim color.

 

26

Nov

6 Fall Home Improvement Tips

By ajsgutters

6 Fall Home Improvement Tips

Falls remains a wonderful season of experience in Houston, TX, whether with family or alone. When you step outside or look through the window, you witness leaves carpeting the ground and your lawn if you have one. During this season apple picking and pumpkin-spice, everything is the norm. The weather remains cool and perfect for outdoor get-togethers. Hence, it remains the right moment to improve your home and keep it in shape.

Below we have highlighted 6 effective tips to help you keep your home in its glory during the falls.

Close The Cracks

During the falls your wall has a big chance of soaking in water through cracks, hence, colder and loss of generated heat. To avoid this, it is wise you head to your local hardware store and purchase the materials needed to seal the cracks on your exterior walls. These cracks include those opening created to allow your pipes run.

Check The Gutter

Checking the gutter should be done before falls hit, this is to help you ascertain if your gutter needs repair, change, or cleaning. During falls, regular cleaning is needed to prevent leaves clogging your gutter. However, if you do not like the idea of cleaning your gutter frequently, you can check for a new gutter with a leave prevention guide.

Repair The Roof

You should check the roof for any damages caused by rain, wind or old age. If there are any damages to the shingles, have them repaired by professional roofers before falls kick in.

Paint The Exterior

During falls, with a lot of nature’s children filling the street and cool weather chilling our homes, it is recommendable when you add a bright hue to your exterior. You can paint the walls of your home after repairing the cracks. Your doors will also look beautiful and better when painted. This effort will give your neighbors and visitors a good view to feast their eyes on while approaching your lot.

Check The Plumbing

During the falls the last thing you need is your water freezing due to an improper insulation of your pipes. Hence, to avoid this, you should check your pipes and water lines, and have them wrapped properly with insulation materials. If the water lines are dirty or in need of cleaning, have them cleaned to prevent clogs and the backups that comes with it. Also, you should disease from using outside storage before the weather becomes too cold. Your hoses should be disconnected and made dry, and your outdoor water stored inside.

When you do all these, you will experience a nice autumn season without having the issue of water leaking out from your pipes, or pipes freezing over, which is less task to handle and more time to enjoy the season with your family.

Change The Ceiling Fans Position

If you utilize a ceiling fan, then during the falls you can boost the heat in your home by reversing its position. How you go about it is by turning the ceiling fans position clockwise during the cold months. When you do this the fan will push the cool air up and the warm air out, thereby, ensuring that you enjoy a more temperate autumn.

About A.J.’s Seamless Gutters- Houston’s Gutter Services

A.J.’s Seamless Gutters is a division of A.J.’s Construction Services L.L.C. A.J.’s Seamless Gutters has been providing residential and commercial gutters, to Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe & Bryan/College Station and beyond since 1994. We provide a variety of gutter services, including seamless aluminum and copper gutters, commercial property Gutter Installation, Gutter cleaning and repair services. We offer over 30 different gutter colors to compliment your home’s trim color.

 

25

Oct

HOW CAN A RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM BENEFIT YOUR LAWN AND GARDEN?

By ajsgutters

HOW CAN A RAINWATER COLLECTION SYSTEM BENEFIT YOUR LAWN AND GARDEN?

It is significant to look at rainwater differently because it is source of precious resource called water! Rain water harvesting is a technique which provides homeowners a great opportunity to store and repurpose it for yard and garden area.

 

  1. Ensure you have the greenest lawn: Droughts, water shortages and lawn watering bans from municipalities are not good for the health of your home landscape. With your own water source, you can ensure to maintain your lawn and keep it green and blooming even on hot summer days. The mineral content in rainwater is low and thus it acts as a great cleaning agent for your yard area too! Rainwater collection and repurposing its usage for lawns and gardens is not only cost effective but an environment-friendly solution which is encouraged by municipalities and government of each and every state.
  2. Healthier growth of plants: The pH of rainwater is neutral which means it is softer than normal tap water and if free from chlorine. Chlorine and some of the other contaminated components in main supply of water inhibit the uptake of nutrients and reduce the growth of the plants and do not prove to be nutritious for the health and life of the plant. Hence, rainwater acts as a perfect agent for the budding plants in your lawn and garden area.
  3. Lessens the burden of erosion: Generally, the lawn and garden are among the low lying areas of the home and are thus impacted the most by the stormwater run-off. Harvesting rainwater helps in reducing flooding and soil erosion. This means that your plants stay protected from the risk of erosion due to rainwater especially in sloping gardens.
  4. Drive down your water bill: Last but not the least, collecting rainwater will decrease your water bills significantly. The average usage of water in lawn and garden area is about 30% of total usage of water by the family and if the same is sourced through the water which mother nature drops then it would not only decrease your expense but would also save water. Also, the cost of operation and installation of rainwater collection system is very affordable. The amount which you otherwise invest in artificial pumping systems for your garden is much high!

The practice of collecting rainwater has existed since ever in one or another way but due to easy availability of water in the modern era, it has taken a back seat! Rainwater helps in watering down lawn and garden area in dry and hot summers when your plants need moisture the most!

A.J.’s Seamless Gutters is a division of A.J.’s Construction Services L.L.C. A.J.’s Seamless Gutters has been providing residential and commercial gutters, to Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe & Bryan/College Station and beyond since 1994. We provide a variety of rain barrels and rain tanks in several different sizes and colors.

 

19

Sep

Using a Home Gutter and Drainage System to Save Your Yard or Garden

By ajsgutters

Using a Home Gutter and Drainage System to Save Your Yard or Garden

Some owners have gardens outside right where the gutter water drains off.  This can lead to soil washing way, bugs and mold. There are some extra steps and measures that can be added to your home gutter system that you, the homeowner can use to prevent this from happening.

One quick way is to have installed splash guards below the open gutters so that water can find the right way to flow away from home. This technique is not effective for areas that are affected by the heavy waterfall near gardens and yards. The best solution to all these problems is to install a well-designed Houston gutters drainage system so that rainwater can be directed away from your property. The task must be completed after proper planning and the best idea is to take help from professionals as they can provide best suggestions based on their experience. Note that, the simplest method to direct this rainwater is to connect your drainage system pipes to the sewer system of the city but legally this is not possible in all cities so it is good to confirm the criteria first. Otherwise, homeowners need to identify the lowest area in their property so that it can serve as drainage outlet but make sure that you are not creating trouble for your neighbors.

Few builders prefer to install black corrugated pipes for the home gutters drainage system outlet but they use to be weak enough so cannot bear heavy flow of water. Also, they use to be little difficult to clean when getting clogged. Professionals recommend installing high-quality SDR 35 or Schedule 40 PVC pipes. The Schedule 40 PVC pipes use to be thick enough so they are suitable for inside home installations; these pipes never create leakage issues as their joints are fixed with solvent welding. On the other side, SDR 35 pipes do not have thick walls but they also fall into the category of strong pipes. In order to ensure safe seal on joints, it is good to select male and female ends for connection. For points where you need to make a 90-degree diversion for the flow of water, it is good to use two elbows of 45 degrees instead of using only one with 90 degrees. It will help to maintain the smooth flow of water inside so that cracks and leaks can be avoided.

 

21

Aug

How Seamless Gutters Increase the Value of Your Home

By ajsgutters

How Seamless Gutters Increase the Value of Your Home

Homeowners that are planning to sell their old house are looking forward to getting great value for their property. There is no doubt to say that good condition of kitchen and toilets add extra value to your house and you can ensure a better price in a competitive market. Yet is also the outside of the home, from the looks to the functionality that also factors into home value. Seamless gutters for your home is a wonderful addition that not only fits with helping with the looks of the home but functionality as well.

Gutters not only add value to your home rather it also increases curb appeal and at the same time, it improves protection of your home. When gutters are not working well then they can lead to many expensive problems in your house. Improper drainage system leads to water logging in the earth around the home and it further starts decreasing the strength of foundations.

You might have hired a professional home remodeling team to renovate your home to improve its value but it is important to call specialists to manage the gutter system at your home. An expert team that knows right procedures for installing Houston Gutters systems and they can keep them functional for years. These gutters allow the flow of rainwater away from the house and it also manages melting snow. In this way, these seamless gutters protect foundation, siding, and roof of your house from water damage. When these gutters stop working then a house becomes vulnerable to significant damage and owners may have to make an additional investment for repair.

Here are few reasons how seamless gutters increase the value of your home:

  • However, seamless gutters for home appear costly choice as compared to the traditional systems but it is just a matter of initial investment. When you have seamless gutters at home then there is no need to do additional maintenance so you can save the cost of repair in future. They can be maintained with ease so the value of your home gets naturally increased.
  • Some old gutter systems are made up of cheap plastic material and they cannot be customized as per house construction but the professional quality seamless gutter systems are capable enough to enhance aesthetics of your home as they provide premium and cleaner look with easy customization. You can also find them easily with variable colors and materials.
  • A good quality gutter system can provide right direction to rainwater so that foundation of your home can stay protected from logged water. The traditional leaking gutters are not able to provide enough security that is why professionals recommend the installation of seamless gutters that are durable and easy to maintain.
  • These seamless gutters can be installed professionally and they can be cut as per the requirement of the site. That means the gutter installation is completely customizable to meet the requirement of homeowners.

With all such advantages, it becomes essential to install a seamless gutter system at every home. Your buyers will definitely inspect this factor and it will make the more satisfied so you can avail great value for your house.

A.J.’s Seamless Gutters is a division of A.J.’s Construction Services L.L.C. A.J.’s Seamless Gutters has been providing residential and commercial gutters, to Houston, The Woodlands, Conroe & Bryan/College Station and beyond since 1994. We provide a variety of gutter services, including seamless aluminum and copper gutters, commercial property Gutter Installation, Gutter cleaning and repair services. We offer over 30 different gutter colors to compliment your home’s trim color.

 

21

Jul

Avoiding Contractor Fraud

By ajsgutters

Avoiding Contractor Fraud

In the last few years the Houston area has been rocked with some storms of historic proportions.  Unfortunate some contractors take advantage of the situation, committing fraud just to make a quick buck off people who need help the most. Here is some tips on how to protect yourself from contractor fraud.

First, call your insurance company. Send any photos of the damage to them. Keep any documentation on the damage, and any receipts if you’re staying in a temporary location. You need to know what your insurance will cover and won’t and for how much. Once you know what you are covered for, then you can start looking for contractors that will meet the budget.

Any contractor you get quotes for, get their licensing information and verify it if applicable. You will need to learn which types of contractors are required by the state to be licensed.  For instance, roofers and general contractors are not required to have licenses but electricians and air condition tech are required to have licenses. If the type of job you have required a licensed contractor, verify that their license is up to date and has had no complaints to that government agency.

If the contractor is trying to give you a high-pressure sales pitch, avoid them. Most likely they are in it just for the money and will either commit fraud or do a bad job.  Anyone that just “shows up” ( the basic door to door salesman type) also need to be avoided. Many of those are opportunists. When you have narrowed it down, Google their name and see what comes up. It not uncommon for a contractor to have one or two bad reviews considering not everyone can be pleased, but if there is a bevy of bad reviews, are the bad reviews all have similar bad points it is best to avoid that contractor. Avoid letting your emotions rule your decision making.

Also, when you hire a contractor, make sure the agreement is in writing. Make sure it is detailed in what work is to be done and covered by the work. This should include materials needed, labor and any oral agreements that were made.

 

13

Jun

Tips On Working With Your Contractor

By ajsgutters

Tips On Working With Your Contractor

Communication is key in order to get the results you want from your contractor. The first and foremost start to effective communication is becoming a virtual expert.  Learn the terminology and the process. You may find out you may not know a lot about this stuff, but it is a good way not to get lost in jargon when your contractor talks to you. This will also allow you to talk to your contractor in a way that lets him know that even though you may not be able to do the work yourself, they can’t pull the wool over your eyes. Let your contractor know you want to be kept in the loop.

Get your project details in writing. Document Well.

You always want as much detail of the project in writing, that way nothing is left to chance. This way you can monitor what is going on, and if there are any unapproved changes or materials being used. Document anything that is being done that has not been approved. If you notice this happening, also take pictures when you can. Any written and photographic documentation will come in handy if you have to have “the talk” with your contractor or make a complaint to a licensing board. Get emailed project reports from your contractor. That paper trail will help you if you have any problems and help you sleep better at night if there is not.

Always have both involved.

Whenever possible, have both parties involved when talking to the contractor. If the contractor only sees and talks to one party during any decision making, then when the other party raises concerns to the contractor, that contractor will not respect what is being said.

If you have to have “the talk”.

If you have to confront your contractor, keep your emotions out of the conversation. Do not have the conversation with your contractor in front of the crew either. Nothing creates problems faster than a crew that has lost confidence in their boss. Instead of placing blame, come from a point of view of problem-solving. Constant communication is key in getting the job done. It is usually a lack of communication that has caused the problem and as long as all parties agree to solve the issue, everything usually goes smoothly.