The Gutter Gorilla Difference
When it comes to gutter cleaning in Fort Mill, SC, our philosophy is simple: provide our clients with quality, dependable gutter services at a fair price. Unlike some gutter cleaning companies, we believe in honesty, hard work, and helpful advice. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is our primary goal. Before we pull out of your driveway, we will take the extra time to educate you about the work we performed. That way, you can sleep with confidence, knowing that your gutters are working correctly. We genuinely take pride in our work and strive to treat your home like it was our own, so you can focus on your obligations while we handle the dirty work. Regardless of the gutter service you choose, you can rest easy knowing your home is in the hands of trained, insured professionals. Whether you need a simple gutter repair or a complete gutter installation, we have the skills to get the job done with a level of service and quality unmatched by our competition. No shortcuts. No compromises. Only efficient, trustworthy gutter services in Fort Mill.
Gutter Cleaning in Fort Mill, SC
We treat every gutter project as a top priority. Attention to detail is the heart and soul of our business. We go far beyond providing simple gutter services, giving you incredible insight into your seamless gutters project. Your gutter installation will be handled by licensed and insured professionals. It all starts here, please begin below.
The primary role of your gutter system is to channel water off of your roof and direct it away from your home’s foundation. Gutter blockages can result in water running over the sides of your gutters. That water will eventually settle around your foundation. With time, pooling water will affect the reliability of your home’s structure, causing cracks, mold growth, and even collapse.
Your home’s gutter system is held up by fascia boards, which are typically made of wood. When your clogged gutters overflow with water, your fascia boards will begin to rot. On top of that, your fascia boards must hold the increased weight of your clogged gutters. The combination of rot and weight can cause your gutter system to fail, resulting in expensive repairs.
If you want to maintain the beauty of your landscaping, having clog-free gutters is essential. When your gutters can’t do their job, overflowing water will pour down the sides of your home. Eventually, this water will damage the trees, shrubs, and flower beds close to the base of your home.
When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, rainwater, and other forms of precipitation have nowhere to go. This causes water to fill your gutters to the brim. Because each gallon of water weighs around eight pounds, this extra weight will cause your gutters to crack, bend, or even tear away from your roof. Your gutters are rendered completely useless at that point, and you’re looking at very expensive repairs.
If you don’t have the time and patience to commit to proper gutter cleaning, The Gutter Gorilla team is here to help. We have been cleaning gutters in Fort Mill for years. With a fully trained team of gutter professionals on staff, we have the experience and resources to clean your gutters effectively and efficiently.
Common Signs of Clogged Gutters
One of the most common questions we get at The Gutter Gorilla centers around when homeowners need gutter cleaning in Fort Mill, SC. The answer is nuanced, but generally speaking, your gutters need to be cleaned twice a year or whenever they become clogged. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly easy for the average homeowner to climb up on a ladder, get on their roof, and look to see if their gutters are full of debris.
Luckily, there are some common signs that you can look out for to save yourself from costly repairs:
Gutter Installation in Fort Mill, SC
Buying a home is one of the largest financial investments that you will make as an adult. As a homeowner, you know that protecting that investment is a priority. While most homeowners do a good job of staying up to date with home maintenance, sometimes life happens, and things begin to slip through the cracks. For many homeowners, gutters and downspouts are often one of those overlooked items.
Whether you need gutters installed on your new home or your old gutter system is dilapidated and needs replacing, we’ve got your back.
At The Gutter Gorilla, we specialize in custom gutter installation in Fort Mill, SC. Because we have our own machinery, we are essentially cutting out middlemen manufacturers so that our customers benefit from lower prices and higher quality gutter systems. We strive to be friendly, affordable, and effective. We will always make your schedule a priority over our own.
When you trust The Gutter Gorilla with your new gutter installation, know that you are working with the best in the business.
Here are just a few reasons why we are the premier gutter installation company in Fort Mill:
- We only use premium materials and install seamless, 6” aluminum k-style gutters to hold more water.
- Our installation methods are tried and tested.
- Our gutter installation experts are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to work hard for you.
- We offer a warranty on all our products and services.
- We are licensed and insured.
- Your satisfaction is our #1 concern. We back that up with actions, not words.
When Should You Consider Gutter Installation?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine whether you need new gutter installation or gutter repairs. The most reliable answer will come after our team has had a chance to inspect your gutters in Fort Mill. Before you call our office to schedule an inspection, consider the following symptoms of a failing gutter system:
- Gutters are starting to pull apart and separate.
- Gutter guards are starting to sag and pull away from the roof.
- The gutter hangers have begun to break or bend.
- Downspouts are starting to crease or are no longer straight.
- Gutters show signs of rust or have visible holes.
Quick, Reliable Gutter Repairs in Fort Mill, SC
Cleaning and repairing gutters can be a tiresome task. We understand that the last thing you want to do with your free time is to try and figure out how to repair your damaged gutters. However, gutters that are left unrepaired can cause extensive damage to your home and lawn. If you see that your gutters are damaged, you must get them repaired by a professional as soon as possible. Gutter repairs range in complexity and can be as simple as patching a hole in one of your downspouts to re-securing gutters on your home’s fascia board. We recommend that you call our office to schedule a gutter inspection, so our team can get a full understanding of the repairs that need completing.
Here are a few signs that you should be aware of that usually require gutter repairs in Fort Mill, SC:
Pooling WaterPuddles of water accumulating near your home’s foundation
LeaksThe next time it rains, grab your umbrella and check your gutters for signs of drips or leaks.
Displaced HardwareIf you notice gutter-hanging hardware laying on the ground under the edge of your roof, it’s time to call in The Gutter Gorilla. This is a sign that your gutters aren’t fastened securely. One strong gust of wind or heavy rainstorm could cause serious damage to your gutter system.
MoldCheck your basement and your attic for signs of mold growth. If you see any mold or mildew, your gutters might not be doing their job of directing water away from your home.
Peeling PaintHave you noticed that paint is starting to peel down the side of your house? Is there rust beginning to form on your gutters? If so, you could be dealing with a leak. Usually, the result of rust or a puncture, this type of problem needs to be patched by a professional
Uneven GuttersIf your gutters are uneven or starting to sag in the middle, it’s not a good sign. In situations like these, pooling water will not be able to drain towards your corner downspouts. Eventually, the entire gutter will pull away from your home. It is highly recommended that you hire our team of professionals to repair this problem before it gets even worse.
The Trusted Choice for All Your Gutter Needs in Fort Mill
At The Gutter Gorilla, our commitment is to provide you with an easy, care-free, educational experience. When you give us the opportunity to earn your business, you can trust that we will provide you with the highest quality gutter repair services at the best prices in the Lowcountry. From the moment we first visit your home for an inspection to the time we do our final walk though, your satisfaction is our top priority.
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Masks to remain optional at Fort Mill School District
FORT MILL, S.C. — The Fort Mill School District announced Tuesday morning that it’s choosing to keep masks optional in schools. Up until last week,...
FORT MILL, S.C. — The Fort Mill School District announced Tuesday morning that it’s choosing to keep masks optional in schools. Up until last week, South Carolina school districts risked losing funding for mandating masks in schools.
Last week, a district court judge put a temporary injunction on that proviso.
“Being that we’re in a 75% decline in cases over the past four weeks since we hit our peak coming out of summer, we decided to keep masks optional but highly recommended in our school district at this time,” Fort Mill School District’s spokesperson Joe Burke said.
The Fort Mill School District has more than 17,000 students. According to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, it currently has 101 positive cases in its schools. Burke says unless those numbers spike, the district isn’t making changes.
“The court case did not implement a mask mandate at the federal level,” Burke said. “It just gave school districts the option to do so because it overruled the 1.108 proviso.”
The decision to keep masks optional was met with mixed reactions from parents. Some, like Fort Mill mom Stephanie Foltz, support the district.
“I don’t feel like it’s necessary for them to make the decision for my child at all,” Foltz said. “I feel like that’ something that’s up to the parents.”
Others, like Sarah Daniel, worry for their children’s safety. Daniel said her daughter is immunocompromised.
“I mean I hate wearing these masks just like they do. My kids hate it. I hate it. But I do it,” Daniel said. “She could get very sick. She could contract it because she cannot get the vaccine. She’s 7 years old.”
The Fort Mill School District said it will revisit its decision if cases climb, but until then, the school’s administration will keep masks optional.
“I can tell you our numbers are exact. We monitor these cases every day,” Burke said. “We process cases every day, we contact trace every day, the numbers that you see on the dashboard at the time they’re posted are 100% accurate.”
Fort Mill High School’s Cindy Van Buskirk named to the SC Swim Coaches Hall of Fame
Fort Mill Yellow Jackets head swimming coach Cindy Van Buskirk is the newest member of the South Carolina Swim Coaches Hall of Fame.The veteran coach received the honor this past weekend at the swimming state championships in North Charleston.Van Buskirk, who is currently the president of the South Carolina Swim Coaches Association, said the honor caught her completely off guard. After all, Van Buskirk joined a select group when she was tabbed for the Hall of Fame: She is only the 10th coach to be inducted into the prestigious ...
Fort Mill Yellow Jackets head swimming coach Cindy Van Buskirk is the newest member of the South Carolina Swim Coaches Hall of Fame.
The veteran coach received the honor this past weekend at the swimming state championships in North Charleston.
Van Buskirk, who is currently the president of the South Carolina Swim Coaches Association, said the honor caught her completely off guard. After all, Van Buskirk joined a select group when she was tabbed for the Hall of Fame: She is only the 10th coach to be inducted into the prestigious group.
“I had no idea that I had been nominated, much less voted into the Hall of Fame,” she told The Herald in a phone interview. “I have been blessed over the years to have great young people swim in our program. In addition, I had some very good coaches to help me.”
Van Buskirk has been the head coach at Fort Mill for 14 years. She served as assistant with the Yellow Jackets for two years before being elevated to the top spot.
“My years as head coach have been phenomenal,” she added. “We have created a culture here that is very good. We stress sportsmanship, hard work, camaraderie and believing in the true spirit of competition.”
Fort Mill is a perennial power in the region. The Yellow Jackets have also done well in the past in the state meets. The reason for the long run of success is quite simple: Van Buskirk’s swimmers believe in her and respect her.
“Respect is something that you have to earn,” she added. “You cannot demand it. ... I do not apologize for being tough on them. At the same time, I have always encouraged them to compete and do their best. I have also told them that I am always here for them.”
Van Buskirk, who grew up in Iowa, said the environment that surrounds the Fort Mill swimming program is a supportive one, and it has helped that good swimmers keep coming into the program. Fort Mill has had numerous swimmers go on to compete in the sport in college.
Dwayne Hartsoe, who is the athletic director at Fort Mill, is the administrator responsible for elevating Van Buskirk to her current position.
“She was the assistant coach, and I looked at what she brought to the program, so I put her in charge,” he said. “She was involved in swimming in the community already, and she has done a super job over the years.”
Hartsoe believes that all athletic programs should be well-rounded, and that every sport should have the best possible coaching, facilities and equipment.
“That is super important,” he added. “She is very organized, and she takes care of everything with her program. She has great rapport with the kids, and her success has been excellent.”
Be Pro Be Proud SC Makes a Stop at Fort Mill High School
FORT MILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – These high school students are learning about career opportunities early. Be Pro Be Proud South Carolina is coming out to Fort Mill High School for the first time and bringing with them a semi-trailer full of career opportunity simulations to get students interested.Be Pro Be Proud SC works with students across the state, helping them find jobs, sometimes right out of high school.Be Pro Be Proud of South Carolina, a mobile movement that helps connect students and young adults with professional...
FORT MILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – These high school students are learning about career opportunities early. Be Pro Be Proud South Carolina is coming out to Fort Mill High School for the first time and bringing with them a semi-trailer full of career opportunity simulations to get students interested.
Be Pro Be Proud SC works with students across the state, helping them find jobs, sometimes right out of high school.
Be Pro Be Proud of South Carolina, a mobile movement that helps connect students and young adults with professional training and career opportunities, making a stop at Fort Mill High School for the very first time. Students pouring out of the classroom into a trailer to learn more about careers after graduation.
Be Pro Be Proud’s Jon Holder says, “It’s a great, it’s just a great tool that they can come inside here and look at this, it’s like a wow factor. They come in here and it’s like ‘man look at all the stuff,’ but the great thing about when we take this around, a lot of these kids in middle school and coming up in high school, don’t know what’s out there as far as the opportunities and trade professions. A lot of these kids don’t know what they want to get into as of right now, so what we try to do is try to get students information and the tools that they need.”
Invited to be a student ambassador for the day, one student interested in a welding career, says it was nice to get hands on for the first time.
Fort Mill High School Junior, Henry Debbout, says, ” I’ve been learning a lot and using the simulators and they’re pretty cool and interesting.”
“This gives these guys, just a great opportunity to get the information and start to decide now instead of waiting until later, cause it’s never too early to start figuring out what you want to do as far as your career. Today’s the day, so hopefully once we leave here, they take all the information they got today and make a better future for them once they graduate high school,” says Holder.
Be Pro Be Proud travels around South Carolina, stopping at hundreds of schools and speaking with thousands of students about professional careers. It’s leaders say they really enjoy connecting with students, teaching them more about technical opportunities.
In the video above, CN2‘s Rachel Richardson is speaking with some of those students about their newfound interests.
SC Kindergarten Legend Has Been Teaching for Over 40 Years
FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — If the old book is true, if all one really needs to know is learned in kindergarten, then Gloria Gainey celebrated more than a birthday recently. She celebrated generations of Fort Mill children turning adults, who know plenty due to her.Gainey is a kindergarten assistant at Fort Mill Elementary School. She turned 80 on Sept. 8. She started her role as a kindergarten teacher back in 1975.“I just love it,” she said. “I love 5-year-olds and everything. I enjoy doing the work. It&rsqu...
FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — If the old book is true, if all one really needs to know is learned in kindergarten, then Gloria Gainey celebrated more than a birthday recently. She celebrated generations of Fort Mill children turning adults, who know plenty due to her.
Gainey is a kindergarten assistant at Fort Mill Elementary School. She turned 80 on Sept. 8. She started her role as a kindergarten teacher back in 1975.
“I just love it,” she said. “I love 5-year-olds and everything. I enjoy doing the work. It’s just a fun job. I’ve always felt like Fort Mill was my school family.”
It’s a family she watches grow each year. Some 30 years ago a boy had Cindy Epps as his kindergarten teacher. Gainey was the assistant. That boy, Jad Griffin, is now principal at Fort Mill Elementary.
“She truly loves what she does every day,” Griffin said. “She’s not in it for the recognition nor does she want to be the center of attention. She is here for the students and Fort Mill Elementary School is a family to her.”
It’s obvious the love between Gainey and students is mutual, Griffin said. She’s quick with a hug, or a rule reminder when needed. She knows those first-day jitters, both for new kindergartners and their parents. She connects with students, often over her love of Snoopy. All while children matriculate grades, and she remains right there in kindergarten for the next group.
“This has allowed her to impact countless lives of students, teachers and staff where she has worked,” Griffin said. “She is a legend in the Fort Mill School District for her longevity and her love of students. She works tirelessly and rarely misses a day because she knows how important it is for her to be there for her students.”
Gainey came to Fort Mill from Lancaster in 1965. Her husband had a job transfer through the Springs company. Gainey volunteered and worked as a substitute teacher while her daughter was at the old Carothers School. There wasn’t kindergarten at the time, though there were some private kindergartens.
“Fort Mill wasn’t as big as it is now,” Gainey said.
Hiring then wasn’t what it is now either, she said. Kindergarten started as Fort Mill Primary School opened, and leaders there asked Gainey if she would help in a classroom since she was already often in the schools.
“I just sort of became part of the school,” Gainey said. “The job was more or less handed to me.”
Kindergarten then was more like preschool today. It was a half day program. Curriculum was simpler.
“Children have to work a little bit harder now,” Gainey said.
In 1975 Gainey moved into the brick house where she still lives. It was a house in the country. Now as many Fort Mill residents live west of Gainey as they do east. Her home isn’t in the country anymore.
“It seems like everybody knew everybody just a little better,” Gainey recalls. “We were a smaller community.”
Gainey was there when the former Fort Mill Primary School, now part of the Fort Mill High School complex, opened. She moved to the current Fort Mill Elementary School when it opened. Her 46-year career to date includes more milestones than the most ambitious kindergartner could count.
— Gainey’s career in Fort Mill schools predates any existing school in the district.
— On Sept. 7 the district recognized nine employees with diamond pins for 25 years of service in Fort Mill schools. Those employees still trail Gainey’s tenure by more than two decades.
— Gainey was an assistant kindergarten teacher for almost 20 years when Fort Mill had only one primary or elementary school. The district now has 11 elementary schools with roughly 1,200 kindergarten students.
— A student in Gainey’s first kindergarten class in 1975 would be AARP card eligible today.
“In her role within the district, she has touched the lives of thousands of students, some of whom are now serving this district as teachers and administrators,” Epps said. “She is the embodiment of the kind, caring and dedicated educator that we all strive to be.”
Gainey could look back with the best of them, but instead she looks forward. Forward to a new school year, new students, new memories. Despite her long career she still gets excited to help the youngest students.
Susan Sims teaches kindergarten with Gainey now. This year is the third together for the pair.
“She is a kind-hearted, genuine person to work with,” Sims said. “She loves her job and especially loves the kids. Mrs. Gainey is very dependable and will do anything for anyone.”
Sims is the eighth kindergarten teacher Gainey worked alongside. Gainey spent 19 years with Epps, her longest pairing. While many colleagues have come and gone, Gainey appreciates time spent with each. As she does with each new class of kindergarten students she gets.
Along with working for a former student, Gainey said it’s common in recent years to teach a child whose parent had Gainey as a teacher, too. There are a couple of students in her class this year who fit that description. Then there are trips to the grocery store, to dinner, to just about anywhere else she goes in town.
“Everywhere I go now, I’ve got a student or somebody that I had in kindergarten,” Gainey said.
Fort Mill has grown tremendously since Gainey arrived. So have many, many students she taught.
“As time goes on, things change,” Gainey said.
Except, it seems, for her.
“Well, I guess so,” she said.
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Entire football teams sidelined due to COVID-19 exposure, says Fort Mill School District
A spokesperson said middle and high school games have been canceled or rescheduled due to positive cases or quarantined athletes and staff.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fort Mill School District officials confirmed multiple football teams in the district have been shut down due to COVID-19 and exposures that forced dozens to quarantine.Some parents ...
A spokesperson said middle and high school games have been canceled or rescheduled due to positive cases or quarantined athletes and staff.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fort Mill School District officials confirmed multiple football teams in the district have been shut down due to COVID-19 and exposures that forced dozens to quarantine.
Some parents have long been frustrated about COVID-19 protocols, or lack thereof, at schools in Fort Mill.
"I mean, this is ridiculous," one parent said.
Parents are also concerned about football flying under the radar, claiming there are relaxed rules when it comes to the sport.
"My kids are going to school with no protection, like beyond irate," another parent said.
A spokesperson for Fort Mill School District told WCNC Charlotte, currently, football programs at Banks Trail Middle School and Springfield Middle School are shut down, with students and staff in isolation or in quarantine.
Parents claim games are being moved up without explanation. A spokesperson for the district told WCNC Charlotte some middle schools are playing two games a week to make up for missed games during the transition to virtual learning.
The district also pointed out that games were moved to give teams more time between games since some schools are currently playing two games a week.
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