Why Should I Clean My Gutters?

Cleaning your gutters is a quick but important job. Unfortunately, many people ignore them until there is a legitimate problem, or they see large sprouts growing out of said gutters!  It’s not something that needs to be done daily, weekly or even monthly. At least once per year will do, typically twice a year is best to be sure that they are free and clear of debris. If they’re not cleaned at all/not cleaned properly it could end up costing you thousands of dollars!

Flooded/Damp Basements:

Gutters carry rainwater from your roof down the side of your home and away from the foundation. This reduces the chances of wet basements, mold/mildew, and even flooding. It can also cause problems with the foundation if left untreated.

Interior Water Damage:

When gutters become filled and water cannot transfer from the roof away from the house, it will back up and can often come back into inside your home. This can create mold, water stains, etc.

Winter Ice Dams:

With our harsh and often freezing New England climate, it’s even more important your gutters are cleaned biannually! Coming into the winter, if your gutters do not allow the water to flow away from the house, it can create an ice damn. This is when freezing water goes back up and under the roof shingles, coming inside the house and thawing out inside the soffits. In no time at all you will have heavy water damage. In really bad storms the water can actually run like a river right through the attic into the house. It can damage not only your ceilings and walls, but it can also damage contents such as cabinetry. Anything susceptible to water damage is at risk, and it’s at risk because the gutters were not cleaned at all/not cleaned properly.

Fun Fact: Icicles may be fun to look at, but they can cost you a lot of money if they are on your home. Gutters are here to prevent icicles from forming on the edge of your roofline. Not only can it damage your roof shingles, it will make any entry area dangerous because of the falling ice, and as the ice melts it will freeze on your walkways or around entry doors making the areas slippery and easy to fall on.

How Often Do I Need to Clean My Gutters?

There are many variables, but rule of thumb in New England is twice a year. Many homeowners don’t even do it once a year! Your homes location will play a part, along with your landscape. Sometimes, houses that are higher up and on a hill with no trees don’t need to be cleaned all. Keep in mind wind will blow leaves around during heavy storms, so it doesn’t mean they never have to be cleaned, just far less frequently. If you have a handful of trees close to your home, you’re probably going to need your gutters cleaned AT LEAST once a year. Homes with tall trees growing right next to them could require gutter cleaning three, possibly four times a year. This is not the norm of course, but do keep in mind your landscape when determining how often you need your gutters cleaned. Many times we come to clean gutters and we have to remove plant growth. When you see plants growing from your gutter, it’s a very bad sign. Plamts can greatly reduce the flow of water through your gutters, and they should be cleaned immediately.

Can I Clean My Own Gutters?

You can certainly clean your own gutters! All you need is a good, safe ladder, some rubber gloves, and a bucket to place the debris in (never throw the debris on the ground if it can be avoided, it will just create more work for you when you come off the ladder).  Work slowly and methodically, it’s not a race, the most important thing is to be safe!

Does ONE STOP PAINTING Clean Gutters?

Not only do we clean gutters, we can make repairs, we can replace damaged portions, or we can install a complete set of new gutters! If we identify any area of concern we will make the proper recommendations. Some areas carry larger amounts of water off the roof and would require a wider gutter and downspout. Another popular type of gutter is one with a cover/leaf guard system to reduce the need for cleaning, although the need to clean your gutters is still not completely eliminated. Often times, we can remove the cover to access the gutter, but in some instances the gutter systems are one piece or permanently connected. In these instances our job becomes far more difficult, and we have to rely upon a power washer with a special attachment to reach inside, but we do indeed have this ability. When cleaning your gutters we also check for damaged/rotted wood that needs to be replaced, or peeling paint coatings that we can repair for you. If you live on the South Shore and you need you gutters cleaned let One Stop Painting and Renovating be your first choice! https://www.onestoppainting.com/contact-us/quote/

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Newsletter (April 2016)

Welcome to the April edition of our monthly newsletter. We have an exciting year planned to celebrate our 30th anniversary in business! We couldn’t be happier and we owe it all to you.

Last month we met our office manager Cherri. This month we’d like to introduce you to our talented staff ……

This month on the Company Spotlight we meet the people at Ponds Child Care from Plymouth, MA.

1d674ea6-c7c0-4219-b94b-152ca2aed9d9And don’t forget, to help thank all of our customers we are having a huge contest this year with tons of giveaways and prizes. Last month we gave away a $50.00 gift certificate to Nosh Tavern in downtown Plymouth to the monthly winner Suzanne Obin of Plymouth, MA.

Enjoy the newsletter and be sure to continue reading in the coming months for more contest details and giveaways that you don’t want to miss!


Meet The One Stop Painting Staff!

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One Stop has 24 full time painters currently, and one part time (Steve is a full time teacher who joins our merry band in the summer!)

We have a combined experience level of over 3 centuries of actual experience! Pure, full-time painting, we add up to 339 combined years (that’s an average of 14 years each!) This clearly is a craft for us, we are not all learning to paint as we go!!!

63672d54-54e5-42b5-96a7-3e330c2fc597Hobbies are wide and varied among the staff, most important when we polled was spending time with their families. After that, restoring cars was popular (we have several classic cars among the staff) Sports radio and all things sports and New England (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics). Most enjoy fishing, skiing, softball, hockey, racing, video games, and music as well ranked very high (One Foreman has a studio at home and plays drums and guitars) and all enjoy concerts!!! Golf is also popular, as is dirt bike riding and of course working on their homes!!

We have a lot of families here, and we boast a lot of children. Ages vary from newborn to mid-20’s and married! There are a combined 13 girls and 18 boys among the group, and Jeff is anxiously awaiting his 1st grandchild in June! Another member has 2 grandchildren with another on the way!

0c8d99ff-1585-4c58-a5b7-53fd405cc94cOne member left for a brief time to work on cell towers. He was on average up 400 feet, but his highest was 1,400 feet! Even Jeff, the owner, shakes his head at 1,400 feet up Jeff used to install staging in Boston for a short time when younger; hundreds of feet up was the norm.

Jeff has known many of his employees for a long time now, One Stop is celebrating its 30th year in business, but Jeff has known several of the staff for closer to 40 years now!

Some of the staff has travelled the country for our regular customers, from Florida to California!

One of our staff members is building a Baja rally truck, while another is restoring a classic Mustang. One already has several classic card restored in his garage along with his motorcycles.

Our master carpenter was given his first hammer at age 12 (true story) and he was hooked ever since. He is also a huge NY Jets fan, but we love him anyways!

44db5ef8-08e5-423a-ae2e-17a5567e6a71In addition to ONE STOP, there is also the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation, and many of the crew will be seen at events, sometimes days in advance, setting up large venues for events, building parade floats and setting up and breaking down the smaller benefits. All enjoy the spirit of giving and helping that runs through the company.

Many of the crews will do things together after work, from K1 Racing, to sporting events. The company as a whole has been on group whale watches, family fun days, comedy shows, dinners and sporting events.  Disney and Florida are favorite destinations for the staff when on vacation!

We also LOVE animals and have many pets. Our next newsletters will tell you all about them! We also donate to the humane society and volunteer/sponsor animal awareness events!


Company Spotlight

35c948ad-f097-4805-a281-e6e12491bb2cFor more than 23  years, The Ponds Child Care Center and Preschool has provided quality, affordable childcare in a nurturing and loving environment. We offer a creative curriculum all taught by our well educated and nurturing staff.

Our loving and nurturing atmosphere promotes optimal physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and progress for the whole child. We build each child’s self esteem and self-confidence through quality teacher interaction, gentle guidance of age appropriate play, exploration of self-selected activities, and discovery learning.

Caring for children of ages 6 weeks to 9 years old Before, after school care & summer camp programs State Certified teachers CPR & First Aid Certified teachers Low child to teacher Ratio’s Exceeds state health regulations Licensed and insured Extended hours for commuting parents The Ponds Child Care Center and Preschool has been licensed by the department of early education and care since 1990. The center is conveniently located in the Ponds of Plymouth development in South  Plymouth. We offer multiple programs for children ages six weeks to nine years old. Our goal is to provide a fun and safe learning environment for your child, while encouraging social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Your child will receive quality personal and individualized care in a warm and loving environment, where they can feel safe and happy and can begin to build confidence and a positive self image.

Our center is designed to provide a nurturing atmosphere along with spacious, stimulating class rooms for the children to actively learn and play in; equipped with safe and fun age appropriate materials giving each child an exciting world full of opportunities to explore, learn, and grow. Furthermore, we maintain a state regulated low teacher to child ratio. Therefore, your child will receive the kind of close attention he or she deserves, nurturing a foundation for development and helping to enable your child to reach their full potential.

We have a large fully fenced in outdoor play areas, equipped with fun and safe play equipment. For children of all ages we incorporate lots of fun activities into their daily schedule that include arts and crafts, structured-play, music, song and dance, painting, coloring, various creative and educational projects, science and history exploration and much more. Additionally, for children ages 2.9 through five, we offer three individual structured preschool and Pre K programs as well as vacation and summer programs for school age children. Because of these points, we feel we are able to provide the best of both worlds (learning and fun, all in one).


Contests and Giveaways!

1d97027b-273b-448f-b68f-37730d060a98We are running contests and giveaways throughout the year, which you will need to follow our newsletters to enter. Starting in mid-March and running through early December, there will be 10 newsletters coming out. Opening this email in your browser or email client will automatically enter you into our grand prize drawing which will have a value of over $5,000 worth of work to your home! You’re more than welcome to share this with your friends and family, so they may enter into the monthly drawings along the way!

Sincerely,
Jeff Cohen


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Newsletter (March 2016)

Welcome to March edition of our monthly newsletter. We have an exciting year planned to celebrate our 30th anniversary in business! We couldn’t be happier and we owe it all to you.

Last month we looked back at how it all began with Jeff buying his first pickup truck for $100 and how things have changed over the last 30 years. We introduced you to Scott Fry, our Ambassador of Quan, and announced a really big contest taking place this year. This month we’d like to introduce you to our office manager Cherri and how integral she is to the day-today operations of One Stop Painting.

Beginning  this month we will also be adding a Company Spotlight section on our monthly newsletter to highlight local businesses that we are working with or have worked with in the past. This month we meet Barry from Crowley and Crowley Studios.

And don’t forget, to help thank all of our customers we are having a huge contest this year with tons of giveaways and prizes. So enjoy and be sure to read the newsletter in the coming months for more contest details and giveaways that you don’t want to miss!


Meet Our Office Manager

57143c36-df63-4ba2-b7b8-a9c12b147b30Chances are when you call One Stop Painting, Cherrie will be the one you speak to first. In November, she will be celebrating her 16th year at One Stop. With a background in radio, and restaurant management, she is a people person, and enjoys getting to know the clients, not only professionally, but personally.  In fact, many of our repeat clients call just to “catch up”. From our clients, to our employees, she genuinely cares about everyone’s needs. Throughout the years, she has also played a major role in the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Not just a people person, but she also LOVES animals.  When she isn’t running a tight ship at the office, or advocating for animals, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her yard, and doing yoga.   Personally, I have known Cherrie for over 30 years; she has been a good friend, and an incredible asset to the entire company. She is our first impression and we are all so proud to have her! I have customers every day talk about what a great experience it was, to not only have someone in the office, but someone with such a charming and honestly caring personality.


Company Spotlight

48fbcf90-ef2f-43dc-8fb1-7e4de139c979Barry Crowley is the owner of Crowley and Crowley Studios based in Plymouth, MA. Barry has been developing websites for over 15 years and started his own company 11 years ago. Today Barry and his team develop websites for companies of all sizes from small businesses to multi-billion dollar organizations. Barry also recently designed the website for The Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation, the Plymouth Rocks New Year’s Eve site and is currently in the process of designing a new site for One Stop Painting!


Contests and Giveaways!

1d97027b-273b-448f-b68f-37730d060a98We are running contests and giveaways throughout the year, which you will need to follow our newsletters to enter. Starting in mid-March and running through early December, there will be 10 newsletters coming out. Opening this email in your browser or email client will automatically enter you into our grand prize drawing which will have a value of over $5,000 worth of work to your home! You’re more than welcome to share this with your friends and family, so they may enter into the monthly drawings along the way!

Sincerely,
Jeff Cohen


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