Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?
Gutters are integral to the proper function of your home. They control water flow, protect the roof, foundation and walls. However, if they are not properly cared for, your gutters can cause numerous issues. Debris clogged gutters can lead to leaky roofs, water damage, foundation issues, and more. Ignoring your gutters can end up financially draining homeowners. Consequently, taking the time to clean out and maintain your gutters will protect your home and wallet.
In general, it’s a good idea to clean and check your gutters twice a year: Spring and Fall. However, if your home is surrounded by trees with frequently falling leaves and twigs, you may need to clean your gutters every four months. Along with cleaning out the gutter gunk, it’s essential to have a professional clean your home’s downspouts as well. Otherwise, it can be difficult for the rain to properly drain, which ultimately can damage your home.
Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?
Most homeowners can clean gutters themselves, it can be time consuming and dangerous. It will require taking precautions to ensure optimal ladder safety. A professional will remove all debris from gutters and downspouts, while checking for any issues. The cost of gutter cleaning varies depending on height of home, length of gutters, and other factors.
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4 Winter Window Preparation Tips
With the rustling leaves and thicker jackets, we are reminded that winter is on the horizon. Now is a good time to think about preparing your windows for approaching season. Taking time to prepare windows now will help keep you warm and comfortable, while possibly reducing your energy bill.
Who wants to clean windows (inside and out) during cold winter days? Exactly! Now is a good time to clean your windows before winter arrives, freezing and trapping debris and dirt that can eventually cause scratches and other damage. Also, grimy windows significantly limit the amount of sunlight that fills a space during short winter days. Decide if you will do it yourself or hire a professional and affordable window washing service such as Window Washing, Inc.
Check for Drafts
On a windy cold night and walk around and check windows for drafts. First make sure the window is shut tight and locked. Subsequently, run the back of your hand along all the edges of the windows in your home. For better accuracy, do the “candle” check. Using a long candle hold the flame next to window edges, flickering flames indicate a draft problem.
Install Storm Windows
When temperatures plunge to the point that you don’t open your windows often, install insulating storm windows. They are able to more effectively keep the cold out.
Identify and Address Issues
Based on inspecting your windows and checking for drafts, identify any window related issues. Some of these problems might be quickly fixed with foam, caulk or insulation tape. For extra winterized insulation, consider wrapping inside windows with plastic. Also, consider hanging dark and heavy insulating curtains to keep cold drafts from entering around your home.
FALL AND WINTER ENERGY SAVING TIPS
There are several things homeowners can do to reduce energy costs during fall and winter months. Following are just tips.
1. Use blinds and curtains to protect against cold drafts at night. Open them during the day to allow the warm sunlight into rooms.
2. Use programmable thermostat that will maximize efficient heating. It can be set to reduce heat when the home is empty.
3. Replace/install energy efficient windows and doors. If you can’t replace draft windows, cover them with clear plastic sheet. Make sure it sealed tightly. Also, consider using insulating curtains and blinds for added protection.
4. Turn off lights when not in a room. If possible, use motion sensor and timer lighting controls.
5. If you go on vacation lower the water heater.
6. Make sure your home is properly air sealed and insulated, paying particular attention to doors and windows.
7. Consider investing in an energy audit to find out energy saving opportunities.
8. When away, unplug kitchen appliances, TVs, computers, etc. When these electronics are plugged in they use up energy even when they are turned off. This is easier if multiple items are plugged into a power strip.
1. Generally Clean Up & Repairs
Clean yard and walk around home. Remove debris, stow mower, remove garden hoses, put a way drain system, rake yard, and so on. Look for signs of any repair needs. If possible, fix identified issues before weather hits.
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It’s hard to imagine a time when homes didn’t have glass windows. In many ways, these glass pane creations are one of the most expressive and functional features of a home. Windows serve to provide light, thermal protection, ventilation, aesthetics, noise control and more.
A Brief History
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Your home is a big investment. Given this, when was the last time you washed your windows, cleaned out your gutter and pressure washed your home’s exterior surfaces? Regular window, gutter, and pressure cleanings is a vital part of home maintenance. These cleanings help to protect your home’s value, appearance and function, while minimizing costly repairs down the road. Unfortunately, cleaning windows, gutters and pressure washing are time consuming tasks and, for some, it may seem downright daunting. Not surprisingly, many savvy home owners save time and hassle by hiring highly reputable companies that offers all three services at cost-effective rates, such as Window Washing, Inc.
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Window maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. Proper care is necessary to ensure windows operate at their best. Keeping them clean and in good condition will enhance your home’s appearance, protect energy-saving benefits and minimize replacement costs. Windows often battle weather conditions, fluctuating temperatures, ultraviolet light, high winds, rain, dirt, and more. Over time, this takes a toll. However, with regular care you can reduce damages. Below are some window maintenance tips.
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When it comes to selling your home, making an excellent first impression is key to attracting buyers. This begins with the exterior. Many home buyers decide whether or not to see a home based on how it looks on the outside. There are numerous things savvy home owners can do to add curb appeal. Following are just three tasks that will instantly increase improve your home’s exterior appearance.
- Professionally Wash Windows
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Windows play a large role in your home’s appearance and its energy saving abilities. Recognizing when it’s time to install new windows is important to any savvy home owner. Fortunately, the recouped costs for replacing windows (vinyl or wood), in the greater Chicago area, is between 82% and 88.4%, according to the 2014 Cost vs Value Report. Following are six signs it might be time to replace your windows.
- Window Trim is Chipping, Peeling, Missing, Cracking, or Rotting
What is the condition of the trim around your window? Peeling paint, cracking or rotting are signs of moisture, over exposure to UV rays or extreme temperature changes. Aesthetics aside, these conditions tend to lead to warping around the windows. Continue reading “6 Signs You Need New Windows”
Only a well functioning gutter system can protect your home from water damage. When gutters and downspouts are filled with debris and/or clogged, they do not perform correctly. Water can back up, become misdirected and damage your roof, basement, foundation, roof, fascia, soffits, paint and siding. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to spot the damage until it’s too late.
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