Clean Out Your Gutters – Not Your Wallet

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Problems Caused by Clogged Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is an oft-overlooked item on many a ‘Honey-Do’ list—let Fichtner Services make sure it actually gets done this year. You’ll save yourself some back-breaking, and potentially dangerous work and avoid paying thousands of dollars in damages by trusting our trained professionals to do what they do best: making sure your roof is in tip-top shape.

Why is cleaning out your gutters such an important task? Dry leaves, tree branches, and other debris can accumulate in your gutters both during the dry summer months and when the leaves start to turn in the fall season. You likely won’t notice the problem until your gutters start overflowing during the first major downpour of the season, and by that point, it’ll be too late to prevent lasting damage to your roof and home.

In addition to debris concerns, it’s also a good idea to periodically have your gutters inspected for any damage. Whether it’s a particularly strong gust of wind or a stray football that causes it, a dented or loose gutter can pose serious issues down the road if it isn’t correctly and promptly repaired.

Obstructed or damaged gutters can lead to standing water, which can be filled with harmful mold from decomposing leaves and insects. Mold is common in wet climates and can cause a wide range of health complications if it finds its way inside your home—plus it’s tricky (not to mention expensive) to thoroughly clean up, so it’s best to prevent mold altogether

The overflow can also result in a leaky roof. Water that doesn’t drain to the ground will gather on the roof, soaking through the shingles and causing substantial damage inside. The same threat applies to your basement as well. If your gutter’s downspouts aren’t adequately cleared, water can seep into your basement. This can lead to potential damage to your foundation as well as your furnace, circuit breakers, and other utilities/belongings located in your basement. A cracked foundation is a big headache for any homeowner and is very expensive to resolve.

So exactly how often should you clean your gutters? The answer is: it depends. We would advise consulting our specialists routinely throughout the year—but there are a couple additional factors that could mean you need your gutters cleaned more often. If you have pine trees growing around your house, it is advisable to get your gutters cleaned more often. The pine needles shed year-round and can quickly lead to clogged-up gutters. If you are located at higher elevations or cold climate, you have to consider the threat posed by ice. Ensuring that your gutters are clear during the cold winter months can prevent significant roof damage caused by freezing.

As the old saying goes: ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ The experts at Fichtner Services can ensure that your home is protected from the potential side effects of clogged gutters and prevent future damage to your roof. Call today to get a free estimate and put your mind at ease.

To help maintain your gutters and lessen the need to clean, take advantage of our 10% off on Leaf Relief Gutter Protection Special!

Happy Labor Day

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LABOR DAY THEN & NOW—A DAY FOR THE PEOPLE, A DAY FOR HOPE

Labor Day is about more than throwing some burgers on the grill and kicking back with a cold beer to enjoy a day off from work. Don’t get us wrong—we love a well-deserved breather from the daily grind just as much as you do—but we also realize that this day of rest is an opportunity—a chance to recognize the determination, perseverance and resiliency of the men and women whose hard work has made American industry what it is today.

The story of Labor Day’s origin speaks volumes to the distinct qualities that makes this country and its perennial economic vigor truly great. Flash back to New York City in 1882. The labor movement had been growing steadily stronger, with many of the unions finding prosperity by joining together into one Central Labor Union consisting of members from many local unions. These representatives proposed that all workers should join together in a showing of solidarity for a celebration of the American worker. They chose to hold the event in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue—New York City’s largest park at the time—and set the date for September 5, 1882. By June, the Central Labor Union had sold over 20,000 tickets with the proceeds going to each local union selling them. By the time August rolled around, the Union passed an official resolution “that the 5th of September be proclaimed a general holiday for the workingmen in this city.” On the morning of September 5th, the Union worried that the celebration would be a colossal failure—most of the parade’s participants would have to lose a day’s pay to take part in the festivities—and, at first, it appeared they were correct. When the parade started, only a few workers composed the procession with hundreds of onlookers standing on the sidewalk mocking them. But then something remarkable happened—200 workers and a band from the Jewelers’ Union appeared and joined in. Then came a contingent of bricklayers with yet another band in tow. By the time the parade reached the park, it was estimated that there were over 10,000 marchers in the parade to support the workers. Wendel’s Elm Park was decorated with the flags of several nations. Everyone picnicked, drank beer and took in speeches from the union leaders. In the evening, even more people gathered to watch fireworks and dance. The newspapers declared the event a resounding success, with the New York Times labeling it a “day of the people.”

Fichtner Services is honored to count itself as part of the great American working tradition. We strive every day to mirror the ingenuity, spirit, and commitment to excellence that has made the building industry a cornerstone of the nationwide economy. Yes, we’ll be barbecuing and enjoying the company of friends and family just like you on Labor Day—but we’ll also pause to take inspiration from our predecessors; we’ll take heart knowing that we will be able to answer the challenges of the modern business world just as they did; and—perhaps most importantly—we’ll realize that this is still a “day of the people” just as it was a century ago. That’s what drives the Fichtner Services team. We owe “the people” of our community the same quality and service they exemplify in their respective vocations that constitute this great society. It’s that obligation that inspires our success, and it’s that obligation that sets us apart from the competition. When you choose Fichtner Services, you choose a partner. A partner in the great American working tradition—and, as history goes to show, that tradition always delivers.

2017 Annapolis “Best Roofing” Company

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Fichtner Services is honored to have received the Captial Reader’s Choice “Best Roofing” Award for the sixth year in a row.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of our loyal customers for voting for Fichtner Services. We know that you have many choices when selecting a Maryland roofing company. We are proud of our reputation and the fact that 75% of our business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

The Fichtner Services team takes price in craftsmanship and customer service. Our number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. In fact, all of our work is backed by a written guarantee.

We pledge to continue this tradition as the “Best Roofing Company” in Annapolis. Thank you for trusting Fichtner Services to protect your largest asset, your home.