How to: Rerouting Downspouts | Terry's Plumbing

How to: Rerouting Downspouts

Downspouts are a very important part of any house. They attach to the gutters at the top of the eave and run rainwater away from the building exterior. Downspouts are available in vinyl or aluminum, but both follow the same installation methods. One important step in the installation process of downspouts is positioning them in the proper location on the ground. To ensure that stormwater is running into proper drainage areas, check that your home’s downspouts are directed away from your home’s foundation. Downspouts should also end in grass or another place where rainwater can be absorbed. Over time, things […]

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Unclogging Gutters the Right Way | Pittsburgh | Terrys Plumbing

Unclogging Gutters the Right Way

During a bad storm, a clogged gutter sends a cascade of water down the side of your home, causing damage to your home’s foundation. Cleaning gutters and making sure they are free of leaves and debris will help prevent damage. This is easy for the average DIYer to do, however if you find yourself asking how often should I do it? And what’s the process like? Well, this blog has the answers for you! In this article, we give you the answers to the most commonly asked questions about cleaning gutters.

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How to Prevent Water Damage | Pittsburgh | Terry's Plumbing

How to Prevent Water Damage

Prevention is a whole lot cheaper than repairs. Water damage is the number one culprit that weakens your home’s foundation. When water damage hits your home’s foundation, over time it can cause structural damage. Damp wood is also inviting to termites, carpenter ants, mold and mildew. In this blog, we cover 3 simple strategies for preventing water damage. With these strategies you can have peace of mind the next time a storm hits.

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Seasonal Preventive Home Maintenance | Terry's Plumbing

Seasonal Preventive Home Maintenance

We’re well into summer at this point, and you’re probably starting to tackle some of the bigger preventive home maintenance chores. We’ve created a guide of things to cross off your to-do list before the end of summer. Follow these tips for better home efficiency now through winter.  

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My Gutters Are Leaking From Behind!

When it rains, water is supposed to roll down the side of your roof and into your gutters, through the gutters to a downspout, into the downspout and away from your home’s foundation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. On some homes, water tends to drip behind the gutters, down the fascia and soffit and then either down the side of the house, or straight to the ground. If you’re not closely attuned to the behavior of your home’s water drainage system, you may not notice this occurrence. To be sure that your gutters are functioning the way they’re […]

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Fix A Leaking Downspout Gutter

Fix An Overflowing Downspout Gutter

The gutters on your home have one purpose only: to provide a path for excess water to drain. When the gutter system fails and water overflows the downspout gutter, the results can cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in water damage to the roof, walls and foundation of your home. In many cases an overflowing downspout gutter is something that a homeowner can easily fix without seeking professional help. Knowing how to fix your gutters without a handyman will save you money on repairs while also giving you the feeling of a job well done. Diagnose the Problem An overflowing […]

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Prevent Birds From Nesting In Gutters

Prevent Pesky Birds From Nesting In Your Gutters!

Gutters are hard enough to keep clean as it is-when birds come to nest, it only makes matters worse. Listed below are a variety of ways that you can keep your gutters free from birds nests. These suggestions range from the utilitarian to the bizarre, cheap to costly, so you can find the right method for you. Gutter Guards These handy devices work like so: gutter guards cover the gutters. The guards look like sloped, plastic covers that protect the opening of the gutter. Gutter guards allow rain to roll off the roof and into the gutters. Everything else-leaves, sticks, […]

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