The Gutter Gorilla Difference
When it comes to gutter cleaning in Indian Trail, NC, 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 Indian Trail.
Gutter Cleaning in Indian Trail, NC
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 Indian Trail 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 Indian Trail, NC. 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 Indian Trail, NC
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 Indian Trail, NC. 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 Indian Trail:
- 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 Indian Trail. 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 Indian Trail, NC
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 Indian Trail, NC:
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 Indian Trail
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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Latest News in Indian Trail
Indian Trail Man Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud For Scheme To Defraud COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Benefit Program
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joseph Ransome, 51, of Indian Trail, N.C., pleaded guilty to wire fraud today, for defrauding the COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit program, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which oversees Charlotte, join U.S. Attorney Murray in making today&rsquo...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Joseph Ransome, 51, of Indian Trail, N.C., pleaded guilty to wire fraud today, for defrauding the COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit program, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Tommy D. Coke, Inspector in Charge of the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which oversees Charlotte, join U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal law enacted March 29, 2020, designed to provide emergency financial assistance, including expanded UI benefits, to millions of Americans suffering the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to plea documents and statements made in court, from March 2020 through July 2020, Ransome received UI benefits to which he was not entitled. Court documents show that Ransome applied for fraudulent UI benefits in multiple states, including in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and elsewhere. Ransome filed for the UI benefits based on fraudulent claims, including non-existent employment and false reason for termination. For example, Ransome falsely claimed to have been laid off from Walmart in North Carolina due to COVID, when in fact Ransome had been laid off due to misconduct. Ransome also falsely claimed prior employment at Target, BestBuy, Lowe’s, and Hobby Lobby, and falsely claimed that he had been laid off from some of these companies because he had been diagnosed with COVID or due to lack of work because of the coronavirus, when he had never in fact been employed by those companies. As a result of the fraudulent scheme, during the relevant time period, Ransome applied for more than $150,000 in fraudulent UI benefits provided under the expanded CARES Act.
Ransome appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer and pleaded guilty to wire fraud in relation to a disaster benefit. The charge carries a maximum term of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. A sentencing date for Ransome has not been set.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray commended the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI for their investigative efforts, and thanked the Atlanta Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, for their invaluable assistance.
The prosecution for the government is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Caryn Finley of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina remain vigilant in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting wrongdoing related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you think you are a victim of coronavirus fraud or have information pertaining to fraud involving COVID-19, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721or submit a complaint online using the NCDF Web Complaint Form. Members of the public in the Western District of North Carolina are also encouraged to call 704-344-6222 to reach their local Coronavirus Fraud Coordinator.
Forde-Yard Dash: Where Are 2021’s Top Quarterbacks From?
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (“Free The Drum” shirts sold separately in West Lafayette): MORE DASH: Struggling QBs | Crumbling Roadblocks | ...
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (“Free The Drum” shirts sold separately in West Lafayette):
SECOND QUARTER: PROFILE OF A TOP 100 QUARTERBACK
We can all name the traditional hot spots for finding football players, from South Florida to Southern California and a dozen places in between. But if you’re looking for a high-end college quarterback—one who is actually performing on the field, as opposed to simply being ranked high by recruiting services—The Dash would like to suggest starting in Charlotte and avoiding both Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Perusing the current FBS top 100 in terms of passer rating, Indian Trail, N.C., is the epicenter of efficiency. With a population of about 39,000, having two of the top college quarterbacks is pretty strong. Grayson McCall (11) of undefeated Coastal Carolina is No. 1, leading the nation in both accuracy (78%) and yards per attempt (12.5). McCall’s mullet is also undefeated, but that’s a different story. Checking in at No. 11 is North Carolina’s Sam Howell (12), also from the Charlotte suburb of Indian Trail. He’s expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick next spring.
At No. 29 is Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman, from Charlotte itself. At No. 56 is Louisiana Tech QB Austin Kendall, from the Charlotte suburb of Waxhaw. That’s four in the top 56, from a metropolitan area of about 2.7 million. Almost as high a percentage as NASCAR drivers.
And if you head northeast out of the Queen City, you don’t have to go too far before hitting the hometowns of No. 16 Hendon Hooker of Tennessee (Greensboro) and No. 67 Chris Reynolds of UNC Charlotte (Mocksville). Expanding further, there are two more from North Carolina in the top 100: Duke’s Gunnar Holmberg, who checks in at No. 58, is from the town of Wake Forest, in the Raleigh area; and East Carolina’s Holton Ahlers, ranked No. 91, is a hometown kid from Greenville.
Eight top-100 QBs from one state is impressive, but North Carolina ranks only fourth per capita at one per 1.34 million people. The leader by a landslide is Hawaii (13), which has four of the top 100: No. 15 Taulia Tagovailoa of Maryland; No. 31 Dillon Gabriel of UCF (who just broke his clavicle); No. 42 Jayden de Laura of Washington State; and No. 90 Chevan Cordeiro of Hawaii. That’s one for every 352,000 Hawaiians. Is this the Mariota Generation (14) coming to fruition and following the trail blazed by the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner?
The rest of the top five states, per capita: Arkansas (one per 1.01 million); Georgia (one per 1.2 million); North Carolina (see above); and Kansas (one per 1.46 million).
(Another hot metro area: Phoenix. There are five in the top 100 from that city or its suburbs. None of them play for Arizona or Arizona State. Greater Atlanta also is fertile territory, but that’s not breaking news.)
As for where the quarterbacks aren’t from: Pennsylvania (15), the fifth-most populous state, a football hotbed that produced Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and many more, currently has zero in the top 100 in efficiency. The Keystone State may have an entire generation of rising quarterback stars on the way, but in a snapshot of the college game as it stands today, Pennsylvania surprisingly is not in the picture.
Neither is Michigan (16), the 10th-most populous state. At the five FBS schools in that state—Michigan, Michigan State, Central, Eastern and Western Michigan—nine quarterbacks have thrown more than two passes. None are in-state products. And they aren’t exporting QBs, either. (Also notably absent from the top 100: QBs from Virginia and Tennessee.)
It must be noted that this is hardly an exhaustive study. It’s a look at statistical leaders three weeks into a season. But it is instructive about where the state of college quarterbacking is today, in the latter half of September 2021. Other takeaways:
Quarterback is a transient position (17). We’ve known this for a while, but the numbers drive it home. Among the top 100, 36% have transferred at least once, most often in search of playing time when caught up in a numbers game at their previous school. And only 23% of the top 100 currently are playing in their home state. Schools will go wherever they have to in order to find starting-caliber talent, and players will go wherever they have to in order to start.
Not many will cop to being short (18). Of the top 100, just four are listed as shorter than six feet. Maryland’s Tagovailoa, Miami’s D’Eriq King and Charlotte’s Reynolds all are listed as 5' 11". Louisiana’s Levi Lewis is 5' 10". A whole lot of QBs in the top 100 are probably fudging by at least an inch.
On the flip side, there aren’t many Trevor Lawrences in this group (19). Lawrence was listed at 6' 6". The top 100 has just two QBs listed that tall: Stanford’s Tanner McKee and Akron’s DJ Irons. Seven players are listed at 6' 5". With a greater premium on mobile quarterbacks, the days of the large pocket statue are disappearing.
This is a fairly suburban list (20). As has been noted many times, becoming a college-level quarterback (and many other positions in other sports) is increasingly dependent upon substantial investments of money and time by parents in travel teams, personal coaches, trainers and camps. That’s how the game is played, at the risk of pricing some people out of it.
15 (Ventura, Danville, Menifee, Pasadena, Fresno, Corona, Empire, Murrieta, Vacaville, Kerman, San Bernardino, Newport Beach x2, La Jolla, San Rafael)
12 (Victoria, Waco, Rowlett, Denton, Schertz, Lubbock, Carrollton, Argyle, Boerne, Mansfield, Manvel, Austin)
9 (Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Athens, Watkinsville, Alpharetta, Grayson, Powder Springs, Sugar Hill, LaGrange)
8 (Indian Trail x2, Charlotte, Waxhaw, Wake Forest, Greensboro, Mocksville, Greenville)
6 (Ocala, Boca Raton, Jacksonville, South Bay, Sanford, West Palm Beach)
5 (Chandler, Gilbert x2, Phoenix, Scottsdale)
5 (Shelby, Dayton, Grafton, Stow, Cincinnati)
5 (Oakhurst, Sicklerville, Cedar Grove, Old Bridge, Cliffwood)
4 (Ewa Beach, Mililani, Honolulu x2)
3 (Earle, Little Rock, Fayetteville)
3 (Pinson, Opelika, Montgomery)
2 (Naperville, Chicago)
2 (Louisville, Union)
2 (Sardis, Brandon)
2 (Council Bluffs, Clive)
2 (Fishers, Brownsburg)
2 (Puyallup, Bothell)
2 (Overland Park, Norton)
1 (Las Vegas)
1 (Maryland Heights)
1 (Baton Rouge)
1 (Oklahoma City)
1 (Spanish Fork)
Sunflower season is kicking off and local farms are excited to show off the new blooms
Wise Acres Organic and Dogwood Farms allow you to take pictures and bring home stems.INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Strawberry season is wrapping up and in exchange, we get sunflower season. The blooms are getting ready for all your beautiful family pictures and bouquets.WCNC Charlotte spoke to a couple of local farms about how their sunflower season is looking this year, and what you need to know before heading to the farms.First, we take you to ...
Wise Acres Organic and Dogwood Farms allow you to take pictures and bring home stems.
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. — Strawberry season is wrapping up and in exchange, we get sunflower season. The blooms are getting ready for all your beautiful family pictures and bouquets.
WCNC Charlotte spoke to a couple of local farms about how their sunflower season is looking this year, and what you need to know before heading to the farms.
First, we take you to Dogwood Farms in Belews Creek, North Carolina. It's about an hour and a half outside Charlotte. This father-son duo, below, Chris and Colt Crump, say their blooms will be ready to go come July 3, which is their opening day.
"We’re in the big town of Belews Creek. We have a caution light and a big lake right down the street, and we’re pretty much the only flower farm in Belews Creek,” Dogwood Farms Owner Chris Crump said.
If it's not raining, they are open. Specific hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Pictures are welcome and taking home some sunflowers.
“We absolutely want you to cut sunflowers," Crump said. "We have buckets and clippers, all they need to do is show up." For more information about Dogwood Farms, click here.
Now over to Indian Trail! That's where Farmer Robb Thorstenson and his wife run Wise Acres Organic Farms.
"The sunflowers are just coming in now, looking beautiful," Farmer Robb said. "They are the star of the show. If you need to fill up your Instagram account, all kinds of stuff like that.”
They've got you covered.
This farm is a great option, especially on the weekends, because they've got brick oven pizzas, playgrounds, animal farms, and hayrides to enjoy with the kids.
Along with snapping memorable photos, you can take home some flowers at this farm as well. "If you want to bring home some to a special person, we love it," Farmer Robb said. Each stem is one dollar.
Important to note, at this farm reservations are required. You can make yours by clicking here. Once you secure a spot, you're free to take advantage of all the activities at the farm.
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UCPS braces for Indian Trail subdivision
MONROE — Union County Public Schools is considering reassigning enrollment boundaries for an Indian Trail subdivision that does not exist.Planning staff from Indian Trail sent UCPS the rezoning proposal for the Glenhurst subdivision in October to get feedback. The project could add up to 116 single-family homes to 41 acres at the 6700 block of Potter Road. The proposal has not yet gone before the Indian Trail Town Council; however, the school’s board’s facilities committee directed its staff Dec. 17 to return with op...
MONROE — Union County Public Schools is considering reassigning enrollment boundaries for an Indian Trail subdivision that does not exist.
Planning staff from Indian Trail sent UCPS the rezoning proposal for the Glenhurst subdivision in October to get feedback. The project could add up to 116 single-family homes to 41 acres at the 6700 block of Potter Road. The proposal has not yet gone before the Indian Trail Town Council; however, the school’s board’s facilities committee directed its staff Dec. 17 to return with options in January to accommodate the subdivision.
The development would naturally fall within the Antioch Elementary, Weddington Middle and Weddington High attendance area. Antioch is already at 110% capacity, Weddington is at 106% capacity and Weddington High is at 98% capacity.
Don Ogram, planning and construction manager for UCPS, told Indian Trail that Glenhurst would bring the number of planned units to 387 for the Antioch attendance area and 1,580 units for the Weddington cluster. He told Indian Trail that residential construction contributes to high enrollment, which exacerbates more mobile classrooms, insufficient parking and queuing during pick-up or drop-off and inadequate space for dining and instructional planning.
Two months ago, UCPS reassigned a proposed 2,110-unit subdivision known as Park Place to the Parkwood cluster since the district was running out of capacity at Sun Valley. Park Place may go between New Town and Willoughby roads at the Clarence Secrest Road intersection.
Kathy Heintel, who chairs the facilities committee, expressed frustration during the discussion.
“Indian Trail, Stallings, I mean, I understand that they don’t care about the school system, but this is – it’s this ball rolling along that we have to deal with all the time and it’s very difficult. We send them the impact statements, which are all on our website now, and they just don’t listen to it. So I don’t know what else to do.”
Melissa Merrell, who also serves on the facilities committee, told Heintel that she couldn’t speak for the Glenhurst proposal, but from her experience, elected leaders don’t receive the school impact statements that UCPS sends to planning staff.
Glenhurst is also near attendance boundaries for Indian Trail Elementary, Sun Valley Middle and Sun Valley High, but administrators stopped short of recommending students in the subdivision should be sent to those schools.
Heintel requested UCPS staff provide more information during a January meeting about a potential trigger for such recommendations from staff. Merrell directed staff to provide specifics about Glenhurst and how many seats are available in adjacent school clusters.
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Vaccinated Indian Trail woman with multiple sclerosis beats COVID
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – An Indian Trail woman who has multiple sclerosis and was vaccinated says she almost lost her life to COVID. She’s sharing her struggle and hoping to save lives.Lindsey Howe looks like the picture of health. You wouldn’t know she has multiple sclerosis. She was at the beach with her son and didn’t think much about it when she developed a cough.“I was just in such denial because I’m fully vaccinated. I try to take precautions but you have this vaccination...
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – An Indian Trail woman who has multiple sclerosis and was vaccinated says she almost lost her life to COVID. She’s sharing her struggle and hoping to save lives.
Lindsey Howe looks like the picture of health. You wouldn’t know she has multiple sclerosis. She was at the beach with her son and didn’t think much about it when she developed a cough.
“I was just in such denial because I’m fully vaccinated. I try to take precautions but you have this vaccination kind of giving you this false sense of security,” said Howe.
Howe is usually the one caring for patients as a neonatal nurse practitioner, but on her 31st birthday, she became the patient.
COVID was battling with her body and putting up a fight against her immune system, which is compromised by her multiple sclerosis medication.
“When I was driving her to the hospital, I had no idea what I was getting into,” said Lindsey’s husband, Tyler Howe.
Lindsey rode with Tyler and their 3-year-old son, Henry, to the hospital.
“I didn’t even tell my son goodbye because in the back of my mind, I knew I might not see him again,” said Lindsey.
The separation almost unbearable…and then came the time when she had to go on life support.
“I slept through some of the messages. She was like, ‘I need you to wake up, I’m scared, I think they’re going to put me on the ventilator,’” said Tyler.
Tyler and Henry were apart from Lindsey the whole time.
“I stayed on the ventilator a total of 11 days. The grace of God saved my life.”
Her church started praying. People she didn’t even know asked God to give her a second chance.
“That was when I started to turn around. They would lay the phone near me. I don’t remember, but the power of all those people just storming heaven’s gates for me and I started to turn around,” said Lindsey.
She struggles to look at the pictures of her on a ventilator.
“It was hard to see myself like that because it makes you realize how close I came to not making it.”
Lindsey had to learn to walk and talk again.
“A lot of people my age are not making it to this side of the story that are not vaccinated, and I can’t help but share that because I don’t want anyone to have to go through what my family has.”
“It was horrible,” Tyler said.
“Tyler mourned the loss of me before I was gone,” said Lindsey.
After 38 days away from Henry, Lindsey got to hug her baby.
“He’s like, ‘Good job, mommy. You did it,” said Lindsey.
They finally got to celebrate Lindsey’s 31st birthday.