When I started San Diego Gutters, it was with the intention of helping home owners keep their homes safe from water and fire damage. The spirit of helping others has always been at the forefront of all of my endeavors both personally and in business. When I decided to start The San Diego Gutters Show, I felt podcasting would be an excellent platform to reach the San Diego community, and also a way to learn from and promote quality contractors in America's Finest City.
Last week, I had the honor of sitting down with Ron Rice of Ron Rice Painting and Consulting, and it was eye opening. First of all, Ron is an inspiration. He started off in San Diego in 2000 and built his business one handshake at a time. With over 20 years of experience in the painting industry, a knowledge of r...
Welcome to the First Episode of The San Diego Gutters Show!
This podcast is dedicated to sharing information on Rain Gutter Cleaning and Home Improvement issues faced by the San Diego Community. It will provide answers to questions on rain gutter cleaning, as well as provide interviews and information on many home owner projects and concerns.
In the inaugural podcast, you will be introduced to your host, Tommy Galan, owner and founder of San Diego Gutters, the purpose of the show, and a brief history of San Diego Gutters.
When you look up at your home, you notice the rain gutters system that runs horizontally along the edge of the roof. You see debris protruding out from the rain gutter. There is no denying, it’s time to clean the gutters!
You see the rain gutter funnels into a downspout that runs vertically along your house, and it runs into the ground? But what is that tube/pipe at the bottom of your house that runs underground? We are often asked, “Does San Diego Gutters check and clean those too?
The answer is “They are Two Separate Jobs for Two Separate Professionals.”
Rain gutter systems run horizontally along your roof edge and their downspouts run vertically to lead the water to the ground level. On some homes, the downspout empties into a drainage system that brings the water away from t...
You have rain gutters or are installing new rain gutters and you wonder, “Do I need one of those screens or foam guards to put on my gutters to keep debris out?”
The answer in the overwhelming number of cases is a flat out “NO.” Here’s why:
SCREEN HOLES ARE TOO BIG
The screens that sit on top of rain gutters have openings that may prevent some leaves from entering the gutters. However, for the most part, 50%-75% of the debris that enters your rain gutter is smaller that the openings of the screen. Even with the screens, your rain gutters will fill and need to be cleaned with the same frequency.
FOAM PORES ARE TOO SMALL
Foam Guards that insert into rain gutters are porous but the pores are tiny and clog fast. How much sandy water can pass through a sponge before the sponge clogs?...
Your gutters were installed last year and they are leaking already. Maybe you’ve owned your home for 30 years and can’t believe how long the gutters have held up. But still, the question comes up everyday: “How long should my gutters last?”
The short answer is 10-30 years. Many factors determine the life of a rain gutter system. Here are some to consider:
Did a reputable and licensed Rain Gutter Installation Company install your gutters? Did a handyman install the rain gutters? This makes a big difference because every home is different and presents unique obstacles. A licensed and well-trained professional will understand the proper way to mount the gutters with proper pitch and the correct number of downspouts for your home. Improper installation can severely lim...
In San Diego, we often forget to have our rain gutters cleaned; out of sight/out of mind. However, rain gutter cleaning is essential for fire prevention, water damage prevention, and the overall health and safety of your home.
But, are all homes and gutter systems built the same? Do they all need to be cleaned at the similar frequencies? Not really. Here is how to know when and how often to clean your gutters:
First, look at your gutters. Can you see debris from the ground? If so, they are in desperate need of a cleaning and you should schedule an appointment immediately.
LOTS OF TREES
Do you have many trees around your house and rain gutters? If you do, then you will probably need your gutters cleaned at least once per year. Some clients need multiple cleanings per year...
Rain gutters might not be your first thought when it comes to fire prevention, but in San Diego, it is a necessity! San Diego receives very little annual rainfall; so neglected rain gutters are a chronic issue for many San Diego homeowners, especially during fire season.
Rain gutters fill with debris, which acts as kindling for fires. Brush fires, wild fires and even fires caused by arson can potentially ignite the debris in your gutters rendering all other fire prevention methods useless. Tile roofs will NOT protect a house if your gutters catch fire.
So, if this is such a concern in San Diego, why don’t more homeowners clear their gutters regularly?
First of all, gutters are out of site, and without rain to remind us to look up, we forget.