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When it comes to gutter cleaning in Summerville, 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 Summerville.
Gutter Cleaning in Summerville, 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 Summerville 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville:
- 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 Summerville. 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville, 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 Summerville
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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Summerville leaders select town’s new administrator
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Summerville Town Council voted late Wednesday afternoon to offer the town administrator job to a former town employee.Council members selected Lisa Wallace, the current assistant city manager for Myrtle Beach, and approved a three-year contract.“Lisa’s local government experience and previous service to the Town gives myself and council a sense of familiarity as we move forward,” Summerville Mayor Ricky Waring said. “Her qualifications, professionalism, and leadership skills pro...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Summerville Town Council voted late Wednesday afternoon to offer the town administrator job to a former town employee.
Council members selected Lisa Wallace, the current assistant city manager for Myrtle Beach, and approved a three-year contract.
“Lisa’s local government experience and previous service to the Town gives myself and council a sense of familiarity as we move forward,” Summerville Mayor Ricky Waring said. “Her qualifications, professionalism, and leadership skills prove that she’s the best person for this job. I’m proud to welcome her back to Summerville.”
Wallace worked for the town of Summerville from 1996 to 2016, serving in a number of roles including clerk, treasurer, assistant town administrator, director of administrative services and special assistant to the mayor, Summerville town spokesperson Mary Edwards said.
Wallace served as the city manager for the city of York from 2016 to 2019, when she took the assistance city manager role in Myrtle Beach.
“I’m excited to be back in Summerville and grateful to council for the opportunity to serve as town administrator,” Wallace said late Wednesday. “I appreciate the trust and confidence in being selected for this position and will work to maintain and improve the outstanding quality of life we have in Summerville.”
The position will pay $170,000 and her first day on the job will be July 8, Edwards said.
Council made the selection days after a vote during a special meeting on Saturday to terminate the town’s contract with its former administrator, Rebecca Vance. Vance was hired as the town’s administrator on Jan. 31, 2020. However, nearly a year and six months into her contract, the mayor and town council members voted to fire her immediately and without cause, according to draft minutes of Saturday’s meeting.
There are still a lot of unanswered questions about why Vance was let go. Saturday’s special-called meeting was announced just over 24 hours before council members would gather to terminate her contract.
According to meeting minutes, all but two of the town’s council members voted to end her time in the role.
Most of the council members wanted to fire Vance because they believed Vance was taking the town in a different direction than what the mayor or council wanted.
One council member, Terry Jenkins, said he believed “there was a fundamental and philosophical difference between the Town Administrator and the Mayor and Council in dealings with daily interactions with Council and staff.”
Council member Bill McIntosh said he voted to terminate without cause “because he believes that the Town Administrator was not a good fit for this Council,” and council member Aaron Brown stated “there was a dichotomy between the Administrator and Mayor/Council as to who was in charge of the Town.”
Council members Kim Garten-Schmidt and Bob Jackson voted against the termination, and Jackson also voted against meeting in executive session on Saturday to discuss Vance’s termination.
“He did not think it was right to call a meeting on a Saturday morning when there was no time to get all of the facts regarding the issue,” draft meeting minutes stated.
Vance’s contract was signed on Jan. 31, 2020, but her term didn’t officially begin until March 9, 2020, according to her contract. She was set to remain as the town’s administrator for three years and make an annual gross salary of $165,000.
According to meeting minutes, Vance’s contract was terminated by the town involuntarily. Her contract states that the town must pay her a lump sum payment in the amount equal to her gross salary and benefits, “which would normally be paid over a period of one hundred eighty days.” Town officials have not yet released how much that amount will be.
The Summerville town council gathered Saturday morning to fire Vance while she was in Myrtle Beach for a meeting of the South Carolina City and County Managers Association. She was chosen during that meeting by the association’s members to lead as its president. Allison Burkey with the SCCCMA said Vance will remain president as there didn’t seem to be any ethical misconduct with her termination as Summerville’s town administrator.
“We allow the manager up to a year to be searching for a new position if they are in a director or officer position,” Burkey said.
In a press release from the town of Summerville announcing Vance’s hiring last year, Mayor Ricky Waring acknowledged Vance’s experience.
“Rebecca Vance has a strong background in local government and administrator experience,” Waring said in 2020. “Council is impressed with her qualifications, leadership experience, and high ethical standards. We look forward to the tremendous amount of value, transparency, and innovation she’ll bring to Summerville.”
Before her time as the town’s administrator, Vance served as the Deputy Administrator of Community Services for Dorchester County. She also served as the City Manager of Cayce, the City Administrator of Manning, and the Town Administrator of Summerton. “She also worked for the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments and the Sumter City-County Planning Commission earlier in her career,” the press released stated.
“I’m honored to work in Summerville with a council that’s passionate about their people and with a staff that values teamwork and service,” Vance said in 2020. “I appreciate the trust and confidence in being selected for this position. I look forward to giving back to a community that has given me so much throughout my life.”
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New fire station coming to Summerville
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A new fire station is coming to the town of Summerville, making it the town’s sixth station.Summerville Fire Department Chief Richard Waring says the new station will be built on Miles Jamison Road, right next to the Coastal Center. He says right now, they’re finishing up site work for the new station, and they hope to finish by December. The plan is for them to start clearing land by Jan. 1, Waring said.There is not an address assigned to the site yet, but Waring says it will be located b...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A new fire station is coming to the town of Summerville, making it the town’s sixth station.
Summerville Fire Department Chief Richard Waring says the new station will be built on Miles Jamison Road, right next to the Coastal Center. He says right now, they’re finishing up site work for the new station, and they hope to finish by December. The plan is for them to start clearing land by Jan. 1, Waring said.
There is not an address assigned to the site yet, but Waring says it will be located between the traffic circle and the Coastal Center on Miles Jameson Road. It would be on the same side of the road as the Coastal Center.
Waring says Fire Station 6 is going to improve their efficiency, especially as Summerville continues to grow.
“Just looking at the response times and what not for the area that this station’s going to serve,” Waring said. “Neighborhoods such as Summerville Place, the Lakes of Summerville, and those neighborhoods that are in town, it’ll improve our response time to those areas, and that’s what we were looking to do.”
Waring says the closest Summerville fire station to this area is on Trolley Road in the Oakbrook community. While that station averages about a seven to 10 minute response time to the area, Waring says the new Fire Station 6 will get them down to a less than five minute response time.
Waring says Summerville Fire is working with Dorchester County on the land agreement for the new station. While it is in town limits, he says they are going to be able to serve some areas in unincorporated Dorchester County as well.
Waring says they’ve renovated two existing stations over the last few years, but the last new station in town was Fire Station 5 in Knightsville. That was built back in 2014.
“Well, it’s just, it’s exciting,” Waring said. “Anytime you add a new fire station facility, it’s great for the department because it gives us a sense of pride for a new facility, and it’s also a better service we’ll be able to provide for our citizens, so we’re excited for that.”
Waring says Fire Station 6 will have the same features as the other stations in town, like work out equipment, diesel exhaust systems, and safety features on the building.
Fire Station 6 will have one fire engine and 12 firemen based out of it.
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Sweet Tea Festival returns to Summerville Saturday
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Summerville Sweet Tea Festival returns to Hutchinson Square this weekend after a shift in how things were presented last year because of the pandemic.Summerville Dream, the nonprofit that organizes the festival, says this is the first festival on their calendar this year. While they have had some smaller entertainment events throughout the week after realizing those worked last year, Executive Director Steven Doniger says Saturday’s all-day festival will set the tone for future festivals returning ...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Summerville Sweet Tea Festival returns to Hutchinson Square this weekend after a shift in how things were presented last year because of the pandemic.
Summerville Dream, the nonprofit that organizes the festival, says this is the first festival on their calendar this year. While they have had some smaller entertainment events throughout the week after realizing those worked last year, Executive Director Steven Doniger says Saturday’s all-day festival will set the tone for future festivals returning soon.
“That’s what these things are really all about at the end of the day,” Doniger said. “Is that everybody came out, had a good time, had a chance to reconnect with one another and get a chance to see the magic of Summerville because this is an extraordinary downtown and a great community for people to come out and do things.”
The Sweet Tea Festival runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Doniger says usually they have around 130 vendors, but they scaled that number down to about 70 this year to allow for more social distancing. He says the vendors are mostly all from South Carolina and will feature food, art, and crafts.
All the existing stores and restaurants in Hutchinson square will be open as well.
Some of the event staples return like sweet tea tasting, a contest to vote on your favorite, and restaurants featuring special sweet tea-inspired entrees.
“Downtown Summerville is the heart of Summerville,” Doniger said. “This is our historic district. This is where our small businesses thrive, this is the backbone of everything we do. So, when we can bring out people and have them exposed to our downtown, do some shopping and dining, it’s always a wonderful thing. We have to recognize that it’s been a really difficult year for everybody, but economically, we have to also work together to find a balance to go ahead and keep our doors open, lights on, and activities happening.”
Doniger says in previous years, they estimate millions of dollars were brought in from the festival from meals, shopping, hotel stays, and people traveling.
He says there are a few people who travel from out of state, but it’s mostly a celebration of Summerville and the Lowcountry, which is where the majority of visitors will be from.
Doniger says throughout the year, they’ve seen a steady rise in visitors and expect 10,000 to 12,000 people will visit the Sweet Tea Festival throughout the entire day.
The Sweet Tea Festival is free to attend. Doniger says masks are recommended and folks are asked to social distance as much as possible.
Little Main Street and the cross streets around Hutchinson Square, like West Richardson Avenue, will be closed Saturday afternoon for the Sweet Tea Festival.
For last year’s festival, organizers shifted the style to smaller events held throughout the week.
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Summerville economic development launching community office hours
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The economic development manager in Summerville will start hosting community office hours to support small businesses and entrepreneurship in town.Summerville Economic Development Manager Michael Lisle says these office hours will allow him to be available to answer questions for residents in a convenient way. He plans to hold these community office hours at different coffee shops around town, three times a week.The program begins Monday morning at Coastal Coffee Roasters downtown. Wednesday meetings ...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The economic development manager in Summerville will start hosting community office hours to support small businesses and entrepreneurship in town.
Summerville Economic Development Manager Michael Lisle says these office hours will allow him to be available to answer questions for residents in a convenient way. He plans to hold these community office hours at different coffee shops around town, three times a week.
The program begins Monday morning at Coastal Coffee Roasters downtown. Wednesday meetings will be at Bigby Coffee in Oakbrook and Thursdays will be the North Main Starbucks in Nexton.
Lisle says his goal is to be available in different areas of Summerville for folks interested in starting a business in town, growing an existing business in Summerville, or for those with questions about possibly starting a business.
“What we want to do is just kind of break down some of those barriers for folks who are looking to get started in business or looking for ideas and resources to help them grow,” Lisle said. “Just one more effort that the town’s making to be business friendly, and business centered.”
Lisle says he’ll be able to share information on things like revolving loan funds, low interest loans, and the town’s incentive programs. Ultimately, he thinks this will help build relationships between the town and the business community.
“It’s really just an indicator of our commitment to our small business community,” Lisle said. “Yes, Summerville is definitely growing and there is opportunity around every corner, but we really want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to reach out and engage and help those small business owners be successful because again that’s sort of the heart and soul of every community, whether it is downtown, Oakbrook, North Main, all the different communities around the town of Summerville having a thriving small business community is a really important part in making sure that those communities, and by extension the whole town, is successful.”
Lisle says they plan to hold these meetings every week from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. He says he will continue updating this info via the office’s twitter. He says he picked this time because small business owners don’t open up until 10 a.m. and later, so they won’t have to take off work to attend.
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After being postponed for a year, Summerville’s Flowertown Festival returns
SUMMERVILLE — The global pandemic meant the cancellation of one of South Carolina’s largest events, the Flowertown Festival.Now with the event’s October return, many are hoping the festival also allows the community to connect again.“It’s something we’ve done my whole life,” DeeAnn Farrell, a lifelong Summerville resident and owner of Fancy Trimmins Embroidery, said. “It’s definitely a community event.”In a non-pandemic year, the Flowertown Festival brings more ...
SUMMERVILLE — The global pandemic meant the cancellation of one of South Carolina’s largest events, the Flowertown Festival.
Now with the event’s October return, many are hoping the festival also allows the community to connect again.
“It’s something we’ve done my whole life,” DeeAnn Farrell, a lifelong Summerville resident and owner of Fancy Trimmins Embroidery, said. “It’s definitely a community event.”
In a non-pandemic year, the Flowertown Festival brings more than 200,000 locals and tourists to the Summerville area for a weekend of festivities. Started in 1973, it’s an event organized by the Summerville Family YMCA that includes vendors, food trucks, carnival rides and art showcases.
The festival usually takes place in the spring, celebrating all of the blooming flowers. Because of the pandemic, and to avoid another year of missing out on the festival, it will take place in the fall. This year’s event will be Oct. 8-10.
The year 2020 marked the first time the event had been canceled in 48 years.
For some it meant going without a major tradition in a year that saw countless other traditions get skipped. For the Summerville YMCA, it meant missing out on its largest fundraiser and an estimated $100,000-plus.
So the event’s return is extremely welcomed, organizers said.
“We’re pretty excited,” said Kim Caughell, vice president of community relations for the Summerville YMCA.
While the blooming azaleas won’t be present at this year’s festival, a lot of familiar activities will be around. These include the many vendors and art showcases.
It’s what Caughell said she enjoys most about the event. The festival acts as an opportunity to showcase all of the different businesses and activities Summerville has to offer, she said.
“It really is all about being able to highlight all the other nonprofits and local businesses,” Caughell said.
Many organizations throughout the years have used the event as a marketing opportunity. With the pandemic, some have had to adjust to find news ways to connect with people differently, such as through social media.
The 2021 festival is expected to add to that connectivity.
“It’s another way for them to get exposure,” said Rita Berry, president and CEO of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce. “We love having people come and discover Summerville.”
When the 2020 festival was canceled, Caughell said, organizers realized just how impactful the event was to so many different groups in the area.
Usually around 300 arts-and-crafts vendors attend the event, selling hundreds of items often specifically made for the festival. Around 150 businesses also attend.
“They depend on that marketing to get them through the whole year,” Caughell said.
The event also helps the Summerville YMCA fund local need-based scholarships and programs for the community.
The organization is expecting half of the usual number of vendors this year.
“We did that so we could space them out,” Caughell said.
Some regular vendors had other plans around the time of the October festival, so they can’t make the event. Others also had items that would only be available in the spring.
With it being in October, organizers said attendees can expect more Christmas items on sale. They’re also expecting lower temperatures in comparison to when the event is held either in March or April.
Another difference this year will be COVID safety measures. Hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be scattered through the festival grounds.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is also slated to offer COVID-19 vaccines at the festival.
Mask-wearing will be encouraged, but since the event is outdoors, organizers said they’re hoping people will be able to space out.
Other than that, attendees can expect the usual restaurant vendors and activities for kids like the Children’s Jubilee. More than 200 artists will also have their works on display for purchase.
“I am glad to see the Flowertown Festival return,” Mayor Ricky Waring said. “I hope everyone stays safe and enjoys the festival.”
Though doing the event in the fall feels different, Caughell and others said they still expect it to capture the same magic that the festival has in the spring.
Years of tradition
This year will not be the first time the flowers have not been in bloom at the festival.
Farrell has attended the event since its second year. She was 2 at the time. She said there have been plenty of years when the flowers have not been there in the spring because of rainy weather.
But she also said she still expects to hear about people making calls to find out where the flowers of Flowertown Festival are located.
In her experience, she said, the flowers are just a bonus. When they’re not there, the festival is still a good time, she said.
“I don’t think it takes away from the festival,” she said.
Farrell’s parents were vendors at the event when she was a child. That’s how she first got connected to it.
Today, she is not only a longtime vendor at the festival, but her business, Fancy Trimmins, also makes and sells the official Flowertown Festival T-shirts.
As a business owner, she said, the event always makes for good advertising. Fancy Trimmins isn’t located on Main Street, so the festival helps people become familiar with the business, she said.
When the festival is in the spring, the business often sells Easter-themed items. This year, Farrell said she’s excited to display their Christmas items.
“This is going to be different being in the fall,” she said.
What makes the event so special to her is the opportunity to see and connect with people. This year feels especially important because of all the distance the pandemic created, she said.
The best way she said she can describe the festival is that it’s just a place where people are going to be able to see one another.
“There’s been so little of that,” she said.