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Cost Vs. Value: What Home Improvement Projects Are Worth It?

Exterior Home Improvement Projects

Planning an exterior home project can be stressful for many reasons. Deciding what project to do, what contractor to go with, weighing out the cost, and hoping the product is really worth it is all just a few things that tend to run through the homeowner’s minds. Getting upgrades on your home is really an investment in the long run. But how much value comes out of paying for a new exterior home upgrade? So you don’t have to research a million different websites on what exterior home improvement projects are worth the value later down the road in your home, we’ve done that research for you.

 

LeafGuard® Brand gutters on this Oklahoma home.
The exterior of your home is important in upkeeping! Figuring out what home improvement project can be hard but no matter what project you decide you are sure to end up with a great investment.

Cost Vs. Value: Exterior Home Version

Remodeling Magazine has created a list of the average cost versus the value you get out of going through with that exterior home improvement project for Oklahoma. From decks to the roof, this list covers it all. Remodeling the exterior part of your home will always add value to your home down the road. But when it comes to deciding which home improvement remodel to go through with, this list will help you.

  • Composite Deck Addition: 58% ROI
  • Vinyl Window Replacement: 64% ROI
  • Vinyl Siding: 70% ROI
  •  Roofing:
    • Asphalt: 65% ROI
    • Metal: 59% ROI
  • Seamless Gutters: 83% ROI

Any sort of exterior home improvement project will add value to your home. It is important to think when deciding on a project to think about if there are any sort of damages done to the exterior part of your home. As much as your home upgrade is important and for your own, it is also helpful knowing down the road you are advancing your home over your neighbors.

 

Here at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma we offer LeafGuard® Gutters. These gutters are a patented one piece gutter system that deflects leaves and other debris while channeling the water correctly.

All Around Exterior Contractor

When thinking about starting your next exterior remodeling project, it is important to get a reliable and certified contractor. Here at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we pride ourselves on offering our customers peace of mind home improvement. Looking to install new gutters, a roof, or rain barrels; we are the home improvement company you want to go with. Communicating with you the entire way, you will never be confused with what is going on. Interested in seeing how one of our services could benefit your Iowa home? Call us today to get set up with a free estimate to learn more!

Storm Season: Prepare Your Oklahoma Home

Storm Season Is Here

Spring/Summer in Oklahoma means severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, and high winds. As a homeowner, any sort of storm can be your biggest nightmare. Preparing, going through it, and dealing with the aftermath can cause a lot of stress on you as a homeowner. Damages from storms can easily cost thousands of dollars to fix. There are always precautions and safety measures you can take to protect your Oklahoma property from storms, but where do you begin? No worries, LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to help you prepare for the wild storms to come this Spring and Summer.

 

 

Storm damage assessment after hail storm.
When hail hits, it can damage your roof, gutters, siding, and windows, and the amount of damage can vary. After a large storm hits, it is always in your home’s best interest to have an inspection to prevent further damage from happening.

Tips To Help You Survive Storm Season

  • Inspect Your Property’s Structure: Give the exterior part of your home an extensive check. Check your gutters, roof, siding, and structural part of your Oklahoma home. If you notice any sort of damages done, it is crucial to get it inspected before a storm hits. If you want a licensed and reliable contractor, LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is happy to come out and inspect your home.
  • Stock Up: Don’t wait right before a storm to head to the grocery store to get your necessities. Have an emergency kit filled with food, flashlights, first aid kits, and other necessities you may need during a severe storm.
  • Revisit Your Homeowner Insurance: It’s always important to revisit your insurance every year to see what is covered. If a storm does damage to your home, it is important to have insurance that will cover the damage done to your home. It is better to know ahead of time rather than after a storm when you are dealing with so much more.
  • Have A Plan: Come up with a plan to stay safe no matter where you may be when storms threaten. A good idea is to have a reinforced underground storm shelter, storm cellar, enclosed basement, or safe room. Underground shelters get you out of the way of flying and falling debris. If you are stuck outside and not close to your storm shelter some basic guidelines to follow are:
    • Get In: get as far inside a strong building as you can, away from doors and windows.
    • Get Down: get to the lowest floor.
    • Cover Up: use whatever you can to protect yourself from flying or falling debris. Use blankets, sleeping bags, mattresses; wearing some sort of helmet or hardhat will help protect your head from debris.

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to provide you with the peace of mind home improvement project. Backed up by warranties and being an insured contractor, we are the ones you can trust.

LeafGuard® Of Oklahoma Is Here To Help

As always, LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to help you during the storm season. Our advanced storm damage assessment professionals can come out to your home to provide an extensive and efficient assessment of the damage done to the exterior part of your home. We are licensed, local, and ready to help. Call us today to get a free storm damage assessment!

LeafGuard® Gutters on a home in Oklahoma.

Let’s Celebrate National Home Improvement Month!

May Is Here

Did you know May is National Home Improvement Month? Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make in your life so it’s important that you care for it. There is a lot that goes into keeping up with your home, from general maintenance to cleaning your furniture. It can all get very overwhelming and that’s why we have a month dedicated to home improvement. Home Improvement month was created to make it easier for homeowners to find experts to help them with their home transformations. Thinking about remodeling your home’s exterior this summer but not sure where to start? Now is the perfect time to start planning these big summer projects and LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here for all your home improvement needs.

 

LeafGuard® is a one-piece design that looks sleek and attractive on your home and contributes to its beauty.
The exterior part of your home is important to maintain as it goes through a lot with the severe weather Oklahoma faces.

 

Upgrade Your Home

While you may think I have so many projects I want to start but which one do I start with? It’s always important to think about what ones will benefit me economically and for the summer weather. Every year you should review your exterior home to see if any damages were done to your home throughout the cold months. We have compiled a list of areas on the exterior part of your home that you should review and start planning for your summer home exterior improvement to-do list.

 

 

  1. Clean Your Siding: Pressure washing works well for most homes to remove dirt and algae. Check for changes in the exterior and be aware of any warping, storm damage, or signs of insects.

 

 

When power washing on wood or vinyl siding, set it at the lowest pressure setting to ensure it does not damage or remove paint from the siding.
When power washing on wood or vinyl siding, set it at the lowest pressure setting to ensure it does not damage or remove paint from the siding.

 

  1. Check Your RoofSigns that you may need a new roof are missing, broken, or faded shingles. It is important you get these fixed before the summer storms hit. It could cause serious damage to your home down the road.

 

Blown off shingles in Oklahoma
Blown off shingles can expose your Oklahoma home to structural damage, mold, and mildew.

 

  1. Inspect Your Windows: You could be losing air due to leaks in your windows. If that’s the case, it might be time to replace your windows. Look for windows that have a nice design, ease of maintenance, and exceptional durability.

 

Caulking-windows
Check around windows and doors to make sure that the caulk around the framework has not dried and cracked causing air to leak.

 

  1. Invest In a Backyard Sanctuary: Your backyard should be a place you can relax and enjoy in the summer. Investing in a sanctuary that fits your style will make your backyard the place to be. Invest in a nice deck and add some decor to it.

 

Take little steps to make your dream patio a reality. From new planters and benches to outdoor kitchens and firepits, kick your yard up a notch.
Take little steps to make your dream patio a reality. From new planters and benches to outdoor kitchens and firepits, kick your yard up a notch.

 

  1. Inspect Your Gutters: Gutters are often overlooked and underestimated in their importance. Check for clogs, proper sloping, and drainage. If you need help or notice any issues when inspecting, LeafGuard® of Oklahoma can come out to your home and provide you with expert advice. Want a maintenance-free solution? Install LeafGuard® Brand Gutters. They outperform any other guttering system on the market.

 

Mary's gutters were the perfect home for falling leaves and debris.
Clogged gutters impede water flow causing overflowing rainwater and can lead to costly water damage to your home

LeafGuard® Of Oklahoma Is Here To Help

We are a licensed and fully insured home improvement contractor committed to your Oklahoma home as much as you are. Ready to get started on a new gutter system, roof, or invest in a rain barrel? For a free estimate contact us today at 918-827-7900.

 

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How To Protect Yourself From Home Improvement Scams

Home Improvement Season

With the warmer weather finally coming around, the home improvement season is in full swing. Spring and Summer is the best time to get those projects crossed off your list. It can be an overwhelming task to handle by yourself so searching for a contractor can help ease the stress. With so many contractors out there, it is hard to figure out which one can be reliable and certified. There are many home improvement contractors out there that are just in it to scam and take your money. LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to help you understand how to avoid home improvement scams.

 

 

LeafGuard® gutters offer peace of mind home improvement with the best gutter protection available.
Spring and Summer seasons are huge for home improvement projects! It is important to hire a reliable and certified contractor.

How To Avoid Home Improvement Scams

To protect yourself from scams is to know and recognize the signs that someone is trying to scam you. Here are some sign to keep an eye out for:

  • Lack of Credentials:
    • One of the biggest reasons you should never rush a home improvement project is because you need to make sure the contractor has a verifiable contractor’s license and insurance coverage. The insurance coverage should include coverage for liability insurance and workers’ compensation; which will cover accidental property damage and workplace injuries. Avoid contractors who can’t or won’t tell you that information.
  • Full Payment Upfront:
    • Contractors who ask for full payments before any products are delivered or installation is started is a huge red flag. A typical payment begins with a down payment after signing the contract, followed by one or two more payments after milestones. The final payment will be required after the project is completed.
  • Verbal Estimates:
    • A proper and legitimate contractor will never provide verbal estimates. You should expect to receive a written estimate shortly after your consultation, if not on the same day. They should not also provide you with an estimate before coming to your home. They should also give you plenty of time to ask questions and make revisions to it. If the contractor is pressuring you to sign right away, another big red flag.
  • No Reference or Online Feedback:
    • While some companies may not have a proper website to show off their reviews and projects completed, a legitimate business should at least be able to provide recent local references. Google is another place that will be able to show reviews on the company. A legitimate contractor should at the very least have a profile on the Better Business Bureau Website.

 

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to provide you with the peace of mind home improvement project. Backed up by warranties and being an insured contractor, we are the ones you can trust.

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma: A Contractor You Can Trust

We are your leading provider for all your exterior home remodeling services throughout all of Oklahoma. With many years of service in Oklahoma, we are here to offer you gutter systems, roofing, and rain barrels. We are a fully licensed and insured contractor with an established track record of local references and projects completed. We take pride behind our work and we are here for any sorts of questions you may have about our remodeling services. Looking to start your spring/summer home improvement project? Call us today to get set up for a free estimate!

Best Time To Install Gutters?

Upgrading To a New Gutter System

With the change in Oklahoma weather, you may think when is the right time to install new gutters on my home. Well, depending on how severely damaged your gutters is the time to get them replaced could be right away. Gutter installation is year-round. No weather can stop LeafGuard® of Oklahoma to install new gutters but there are some key things to look for when knowing you need to replace your gutters.

 

 

Oklahoma owners should clean out their gutters twice a year to ensure that no damage is being done to your home.

Signs You Need To Replace Your Gutters

Your open style gutters tend to wear out over time. Instead of searching for repairs, it could be easier to get new ones installed on your home. Unsure how to tell what may be a sign it’s time for gutter replacements, well here are a few helpful signs:

  • Cracks, holes, or rust spots
  • Separated gutters
  • Pulling away from the roof
  • Sagging gutters
  • Peeling exterior paint

A lot of Oklahoma homes are surrounded by beautiful large trees but can be a pain with falling into your open style gutters. An easy solution to this problem is LeafGuard® Brand Gutters.

Gutter Season Is Any Season

Gutters can be installed at any time of the year, but depending on how long you wait to get them installed, the changing weather can have an effect on them. Here are some things to look out for during each season:

  • Fall
    • Without having top quality gutters, falling leaves and debris can cause blockages, not allowing water to drain through the gutters. Making sure you have clean and a reliable gutter system is key for the Fall season.
  • Winter
    • With the unsure of how much snow or ice Oklahoma may see in the Winter season, it is crucial to have the best gutter system installed. Ice can create dams where it blocks the water flow and clogs the gutters. It is crucial to get gutter installed before this season as it can cause serious damage to your home further down the road.
  • Spring
    • Spring is the perfect time to get gutters installed on your home. The weather is perfect and it is important to get them installed before the spring rainstorms come.
  • Summer
    • This season is another perfect time to get gutters installed. Not only do you experience the summer storms but mosquitoes love to hang out in clogged gutters. Without taking care of installing new gutters, they can become clogged and cause further damage down the road.

With the changing weather, it can be hard to stay on top of making sure your gutters are properly working. LeafGuard® Gutters are designed to ensure that rainwater is safely diverted away from your Oklahoma home to protect the foundation and landscape from damage.

Don’t Mess Around, Install LeafGuard®

Don’t waste time with open style gutters and get LeafGuard® Brand Gutters installed today. With the #1 seamless gutter system, your Oklahoma home will be safeguarded from all of the weather Oklahoma witnesses. With LeafGuard® Gutters, you get an all in one gutter solution. With a top cover connected to the actual gutter, you won’t have to worry about any pieces breaking off down the road. LeafGuard® is the perfect lifetime solution.

 

LeafGuard® Gutters
LeafGuard® Brand Gutter’s unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

LeafGuard® Of Oklahoma is Here To Help

Reach out to us today for a free estimate on the best gutter system on the market. LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is here to provide you with the best and maintenance-free exterior home improvement solutions.

 

LeafGuard® of Oklahoma provides Oklahoma homeowners with a maintenance-free easy solution with the LeafGuard® Brand Gutters.

Choosing The Best Gutter Contractor For Your Home

Who To Choose?

When investing in your home’s gutters, you want to make sure you are getting a system that will help provide the maintenance you need for life. There are multiple gutter cleaning systems out there offering their best system but as a homeowner, it is always important to understand you are getting your money’s worth. Here are two key tips on choosing the right gutter maintenance for your home.

 

  1. Do Your Research: Look around at different companies to see what they offer other than gutter systems. Check to see if they are a reliable company as it is always a good idea to go local. They understand the community better than a large corporation and are most likely more committed to their customer’s satisfaction. Hire an established contractor with a good client base and solid reviews. The past customers can attest to their service more than anything. Check their certifications and see if they are accredited and received any rewards for their service. Knowing they have credentials will go a long way. Looking in detail at everything about their company will give you a good idea of what type of service they will provide.
  2. Ask Questions: Understanding what gutter system is perfect for your home is hard to do without asking the right questions. Being able to ask as many questions as you can give you the best idea of what contractor to choose. Some questions to ask the contractor is what kind of gutters do I need, do you have a gutter system that will match the color of my house, what type of experience do you have, how much maintenance goes into this gutter system, and what tools and equipment will go into my gutter system? These questions will give you the best idea of what contractor to choose. Ask as many questions as possible.

 

LeafGuard® Brand Gutter’s unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

Gutter Systems Are Important

The first part of understanding gutter maintenance is realizing that gutter systems are important to your home. Gutters are the home’s first line of defense against rainwater. They divert water away from your home preventing damage to your exterior home surface. Gutter systems do so much for a home including preventing clogs from forming, keep water flowing freely, eliminate leaks and the threat of water damage. With the right gutter system, you will never have to worry about gutter maintenance again and here at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we offer the best gutter system on the market.

 

LeafGuard® Gutters
LeafGuard® Brand Gutter’s unique, seamless design keeps debris from collecting in your gutters which: prevents clogs from forming; keeps water flowing freely; eliminates leaks and the threat of water damage; and makes climbing ladders to clean gutters unnecessary.

Experience LeafGuard® of Oklahoma

Look no further, LeafGuard® of Oklahoma is the #1 gutter contractor you should choose for your gutter cleaning system. We offer LeafGuard® Gutters as we are the only company that exclusively sells LeafGuard® Gutters. What exactly are LeafGuard® Gutters you ask? Well, they are a patented one-piece system that effectively channels water away from your house, prevents debris from building up and clogging your gutters, eliminates the possibility of your gutters leaking and causing costly water damage, and does not require cleaning or other maintenance. This gutter system replaces your old gutter system so you don’t have to worry about anything breaking apart. With LeafGuard® Gutters you will never have to worry about replacing your gutters again.

 

Contact Us Today

Contact us at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today for your free estimate to see how LeafGuard® Gutters are the #1 gutter system for your home!

A Tree’s Impact on Your Oklahoma Home

The Impact of A Tree on Your Oklahoma Property

The trees surrounding your home gives off the perfect shade and eye appeal. But with each season, it goes through many different processes that can have an impact on your Oklahoma home. From the first bloom to the changing of colors, the trees go through a very interesting transformation. As it is interesting to learn about the transformation, it is important to understand how it affects your home.

Rain water spilling over the gutter system due to getting clogged with dirt, leaves and other debris.

Spring Into Sunshine

Spring season is like a fresh breath of the new air. The temperatures start to become warmer, the days start to feel longer, and the trees start to bud for blooming. It’s the perfect time to get out into the sunshine after being cooped up all winter long.

Spring is a busy season for trees. After losing their leaves during Winter, they begin to grow and reproduce new leaves. The trees drop leaves, seeds, and other organic material on the ground. The debris from your trees builds up and clogs your open style gutter. As mosquitoes and insects like to live in the shaded trees, when the open style gutters become clogged with the leaves and seed, it can cause a problem with them living out of them.

Ordinary open-style guttering naturally collects, leaves, acorns, twigs, and debris, which can become clogged.

Summer Storm

With temperatures becoming hot and humid, we use our trees to shade areas to keep cool from the hot sun. Trees are mainly in full bloom with the leaves hanging off branches. With trees being in full bloom, the growth of a tree slows down. All of the buds containing next year’s leaves are mainly set by mid-summer.

 

Open guttering can clog with leaves, twigs and other debris. This home suffered damage which caused rot to develop around the eaves and soffit, eventually pulling the guttering off of the home.

Leaves Fall, Gutters Clog

As the days grow shorter and cooler air rolls in, the color of Oklahoma’s trees change from bright green to the brilliant fall shades of orange, yellow, red, and brown. The tree starts to prepare for survival mode with the leaves falling off the trees to prepare themselves for the Winter months to come.

 

Regular guttering maintenance is required when trees are near your Oklahoma property. Seeds and leaves can clog your gutters, which can lead to costly repairs.

Winter Ready Your Home

For the trees to survive through Winter, they need to get rid of all their leaves. While we like to hibernate in our homes through the cold months, the trees go through their own hibernation called Dormancy. They begin this process in the Fall with trees losing their leaves. They need to get rid of the leaves so they can survive. While in Spring and Summer, the tree loses a lot of water during photosynthesis. So when Winter comes around, they are no longer able to get enough water to replace it.

 

Over time, your clogged open-style guttering can pull away from your home. Allowing the winter ice and rain to enter your home.

Save The Hassle, Install LeafGuard® Gutters

Instead of constantly worrying about if your open style gutters are ready for whatever the tree throws on your home, install LeafGuard® Brand Gutters. It is the one-piece patented system that allows water to flow freely while making sure leave and debris stays out. LeafGuard® Gutters eliminates any possibility of your gutters leaking and causing costly water damage. It is a maintenance-free solution forever.

LeafGuard® and the Good Housekeeping Institute
LeafGuard® Guttering is made from aluminum that is 20% thicker than standard gutters, and it features 3” X 4” downspouts that are 30% larger than standard gutter downspouts and can carry more water away from your home. LeafGuard® is attached with screws to the fascia board of your home, with hidden, non-corrosive hangers, spaced only two-feet apart for added strength and durability.

LeafGuard Of Oklahoma Is Here to Help

Here at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we are more than happy to help you with providing the best gutter system on the market. Life tends to happen and home maintenance can fall to the bottom of your priorities. No matter what season it is, LeafGuard® Gutters will be the best solution for your Oklahoma home. We will come out and do all the work so you can sit back and enjoy life without stress. Contact us at (918)-827-7900 for your free estimate!

Gutter leaks could stem from a variety of sources, such as incorrect installation and clogs.

Why Are My Gutters Leaking?

A wide range of sources can cause gutter leaking.

Are your gutters leaking and you don’t know why? Gutter leaks could stem from a variety of sources, such as incorrect installation and clogs. Regular gutter maintenance is key in avoiding problems like leaks so you don’t end up with costly repairs or even full replacement down the road. That said, even the most rigorous cleanings every season can’t guard against every cause of leaks.

Here are some common causes of gutter leaks and what you can do about them:

Gutter leaks could stem from a variety of sources, such as incorrect installation and clogs.

Image via AJ Batac on Flickr

CLOGS

Debris such as dirt, twigs, leaves, acorns and even birds’ nests can become lodged in your gutters and clog up the flow of water. When water can’t pass through, this can lead to a backup, overflow and damage that can cause leaks. The obvious way to avoid this is to keep your gutters free from debris by cleaning them out regularly. Your gutters might need to be cleaned once a season or several times a season, depending on your climate and immediate landscape. For example, if you have trees overhanging the home that drop leaves, sticks and pine needles into the gutters, you’ll have to do this task more often.

Sometimes clogs are out of your control no matter how clean you keep your gutters. Your kids may throw a ball up there that gets lodged, leading to damage that causes leaks, for example. Check often for these obstructions and get them out as soon as possible.

INCORRECT INSTALLATION

If your gutters were installed by a professional who took a few shortcuts or you attempted to install the gutters yourself, you could be faced with a higher risk for some pretty major leaks. Here is a good example of how shoddy workmanship can save you money in the short run but cost lots more in the long run.

A common consequence of a choice like this includes improper sloping, which leads to pooling water at the spouts’ corners. Having a professional install your gutters in the first place will avoid this headache later.

ATTACHMENT FAILURE

Gutters can become dislodged as the result of any number of causes, such as forceful winds, downed trees, fascia warping and more. These pressures can actually pull the gutters away from the home, weakening the fasteners and nails. Take the time each season to inspect your gutters and their attachments, making any adjustments to tighten them if needed. If you’re not sure you can get up to your gutters’ level safely on your own, don’t hesitate to call a professional to come perform the inspection for you.

POOR QUALITY MATERIALS

The gutters you install can also have a lot to do with leaks, as sub-par products can corrode and rust out over time. If you have gutters with several joints, leaks can form at seams and end caps where water can get trapped. Using seamless gutters backed by a lifetime warranty, like the one we offer, is a tidy way to avoid the issue. This type of system cuts down on the possibility for leaks because there are no seams where they can start in the first place.

Contact LeafGuard of Oklahoma today to get a free estimate and schedule a consultation on the gutter systems we offer. We are proud to offer our customers advice to keep their homes in good shape as long as possible.

Your gutters become unwelcome homes to many things over the seasons: twigs, acorns, pine needles, leaves, dirt, and even nests. Thanks to durable, one-piece construction, your LeafGuard gutter system allows only water to enter the gutter while keeping out dirt, leaves and other debris.

How To Clean Different Types Of Gutter Clogs

Your gutters become unwelcome homes to many things over the seasons: twigs, acorns, pine needles, leaves, dirt, and even nests. Perhaps you’ve experienced clogging, which leads to pooled water around your foundation. Clogged gutters can also lead to damaged gutters requiring costly repair. Not to mention, this can also be dangerous as your gutters could pull away from the home. To avoid all that, you’ve probably been getting up on a ladder and scooping out the debris on your own.

Your gutters become unwelcome homes to many things over the seasons: twigs, acorns, pine needles, leaves, dirt, and even nests. Thanks to durable, one-piece construction, your LeafGuard gutter system allows only water to enter the gutter while keeping out dirt, leaves and other debris.

Image via Christopher Sessums on Flickr

But there’s a better way, and that’s through clog-free LeafGuard® gutter systems. Thanks to durable, one-piece construction, your LeafGuard® gutter system allows only water to enter the gutter while keeping out dirt, leaves and other debris. This type of system is 20 percent thicker than standard gutters, allowing your system to handle up to 30 inches of rain fall an hour!

If you don’t already have a clog-free system, you may be wondering how to clean clogged gutters. We’ll give you a few tips:

SMALL DEBRIS

Small debris such as small particles, tiny twigs and dirt can be washed away with your garden hose or a pressure washer on the lowest setting. Direct the flow down the gutters towards the downspouts to get it all out.

LARGE DEBRIS

When you notice clumps of leaves, sticks, acorns and birds’ nests blocking the normal flow of water, it becomes harder to simply wash it away with a hose. You’ll have to get up there on a sturdy ladder to physically scoop out the debris. Bring a bucket with you and use a ladder hook so you can keep your hands free. Wear gloves and use a scoop or garden trowel or just your hands to get everything out. Place it in the bucket. To get at the debris stuck at the bottom, use a paint stir stick to help. Then, use a garden hose to wash out the small stuff that’s left.

SAFETY

Cleaning out your own gutters is inherently dangerous. Standing 10 to 20 feet above the ground on a ladder or the roof is just risky unless you are careful and take precautions. For safety reasons, it’s best to hire a professional for this job. If you insist on doing it yourself, make sure you have a ladder stabilizer, harnesses, and other safety equipment, as well as a buddy to spot you.

Have you had it with clogged gutters? Sick and tired of getting up on a ladder to clear them out all the time? Call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today at 918-827-7900 for a solution that works for you. Check out the benefits of clog-free LeafGuard® gutters here.

Water is essential to a beautiful, blooming backyard, but having extreme wet conditions and poor water drainage isn’t the ideal gardening environment. There are a number of creative landscaping techniques to improve yard drainage problems. Contact Home Solutions of Iowa for a LeafGuard@ gutter system.

Landscaping Projects To Help With Yard Drainage Problems

Poor water drainage can damage your gardening environment.

Water is essential to a beautiful, blooming backyard, but having extreme wet conditions and poor water drainage isn’t the ideal gardening environment. While a little bit of excess water may simply be a nuisance, poor water drainage, particularly in areas of high rainfall, can lead to serious health, safety, and financial concerns. Thankfully, there are a number of creative landscaping techniques to improve yard drainage problems. Deciding how to deal with water drainage largely depends on the degree and extent of wet conditions, whether it’s a year-round issue or simply a seasonal one. After assessing the situation, try out some of these landscaping projects that will help you manage how the extra water in your yard drains.

Water is essential to a beautiful, blooming backyard, but having extreme wet conditions and poor water drainage isn’t the ideal gardening environment. There are a number of creative landscaping techniques to improve yard drainage problems. Contact Home Solutions of Iowa for a LeafGuard@ gutter system.

Image via Lawrence Simon on Flickr

BUILD A RAIN GARDEN

Building a rain garden is a wonderful way to filter runoff and protect groundwater, particularly after heavy rainfall. Not only do rain gardens help with drainage issues, such as preventing storm water runoff, removing pollutants, and recharging groundwater, they are also an installation that will beautify your property’s landscape. Before building a rain garden, decide where it should go. Ideal spots for rain gardens are low spots or depressions, at least 10 feet from the house. When choosing plants to populate the rain garden with, it’s best to stick to those that do well in wet conditions. Native plants and grasses are excellent places to start. Planting plugs rather than seeds is probably your best bet for your rain garden: seeds may be washed away with the next rainfall.

ADD A DRY STREAM BED

For relatively small sections of excess moisture, it may be desirable to eliminate the patch entirely rather than work around it. Many people have discovered the beauty and functionality of the dry creek or stream bed. Creating your own dry stream bed can be done by simply choosing the size and course of the bed, digging up the soil, and adding rocks. A dry creek bed can redirect moisture during heavy rain, or it can be used to disguise underground pipes that direct water away from the home.

DIGGING A TRENCH

Also known as a French drain, a gravel-filled trench is another way to add to your yard drainage landscape design. These trenches essentially work by catching and deflecting water to another area. Though they can be fairly labor intensive, you’ll only need to dig once to solve your problems. First, locate the area where water runoff is a problem and then dig a trench that directs the water towards a storm drain or dry well. Generally the trench should be 12 inches deep and 6-12 inches wide, depending on how much water you want to divert, and sloped 1 inch for every 8 feet of horizontal distance the water will need to travel. After filling the trench with gravel or small stones, you can further beautify it with larger river rocks or a bordering flower bed.

CATCH BASIN

Another way to alleviate drainage issues is through the addition of a catch basin. They work essentially like storm drains and can easily be purchased at home improvement stores. To install your catch basin, you simply dig a hole to place the basin in and then add a fitted grate to the top. Then dig a trench from the basin towards a storm drain or dry well, attaching a PVC pipe to the catch basin and laying it out along the trench to re-direct the water.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PROJECT

While gardening with only the most water-loving plants might be simple enough, some drainage solutions like ponds, trenches, and water gardens may be more complicated. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type or feel unsure about what type of yard drainage landscape would be best for your yard, there’s no need to worry. Call a professional, like the gutter experts at LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, to guide you through the process, from what type of drainage is ideal to final installation, and get started today!