7 SIGNS IT’S TIME FOR NEW GUTTERS

Signs it's time for new gutters
7 SIGNS IT’S TIME FOR NEW GUTTERS

Gutters play a vital role in protecting your home. A properly functioning gutter system protects your home from water damage. It efficiently drains water from the roof and funnels it away from your home. However, when the gutters and downspouts are clogged water can back up and damage the roof, fascia, soffits, and siding. Cleaning your gutters several times a year will enhance the longevity of your system. However, most will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Following are seven signs to help you identify when it’s time to replace your gutters.

1. Any Cracks or Splits
Initially, it may seem that small cracks in your gutter are not a problem. However, they can turn into big ones sooner than you may anticipate. These seemingly benign cracks allow the water to further damage your gutters, along with the fascia boards behind the gutters, your foundation and home’s shingles.

2. Peeling Paint and/or Orange Flecks
The paint on your gutters is designed to withstand basic seasonal wear and tear. Peeling paint or orange flecks indicates the beginning stages of rust. This means water is present on a continuous basis and that it’s not properly draining.

3. Water or Mildew Around Foundation
Gutters are designed to keep water flowing away from your home’s foundation. If you notice pools of water or mildew near the foundation, this is an indication that your gutters aren’t performing as intended. This could be caused by something as simple as a clog or by something as complex as a gutter system defect. Water can easily damage the foundation, leading to time-consuming and costly repairs.

4. Water Damage or Water Marks
Experts recommend that you check your gutters at least twice a year. Select a relatively sunny day, free from rain. Any water damage or marks underneath the gutter indicates that water is escaping.

5. Gutters Sag or Beginning to Pull Away
Gutters that sag or start to pull away from the home is an obvious sign that it’s time to repair or replace your gutter. Most people can spot the issue without needing to climb a ladder. Your gutters should never sag or pull away from your home. If they do, it is because the gutters are dealing with the weight of water, which indicates the system is not draining properly or there is a blockage.

6. Several Broken Fasteners
Fasteners are the pieces of metal that hold your gutter to your roof and keep it level. If you notice frequent broken fasteners, the gutters themselves may be the issue.

7. Separated Gutters.
Gutter systems only function if they are fastened together in a continuous channel. If they begin separating from one another frequently, it may be time for a gutter replacement.

Would you like to hire professionals to clean out your gutters? Serving Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs, My Window Washing offers professional and affordable gutter cleaning services. Call 1.800.941.2790 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Home Maintenance: Wash Windows, Clean Gutters and Pressure Wash

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Home Maintenance: Wash Windows, Clean Gutters and Pressure Wash

When it comes to home maintenance, the spring and fall are prefect times to thoroughly clean you windows and gutters, along with pressure washing exterior surfaces. This will help to protect your home’s value, appearance and function, while minimizing costly repairs down the road.
Cleaning windows, gutters and pressure washing are time consuming tasks and, for some, it may even be a little overwhelming. Consequently, many home owners save time and resources by hiring companies such as My Window Washing, which offers window cleaning, gutter cleaning and pressure washing services at cost-effective rates.

Wash Windows
Completely cleaning your windows, inside and out, will drastically improve your home’s curb appeal, bring more light into the home and enhance the view. Also, through regular cleanings you have an opportunity to catch potential issues and avoid/reduce glass degradation.

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Clean Gutters
Savvy home owners clean their gutter system at least twice a year. Gutter systems keep water away from your home. However, overtime leaves and debris often wash into gutter which can cause clogs. Clogged gutters can lead to various issues that if not fixed may lead to costly repairs. Consequently, cleaning out your gutter system at least twice a year will help to ensure everything is functioning correctly.

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Pressure Wash
Pressure wash is required to properly clean your home’s exterior, including driveways, decks, patios, sidewalks, and more. It can bring surface back to their original appearance, extend the life of wood siding and decks, and reduce indoor allergen levels. Power washing also helps to prevent permanent damage caused by letting stains and grime stay on surfaces.

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Founded in 2003 by two professional window washers, My Window Washing is committed to providing professional and affordable window washing, power washing and gutter cleaning services to residential and business customers throughout Chicagoland.

• Fully Insured and Licensed
• A+ Rating with Better Business Bureau
• Over 13 Years of Experience
• Friendly, Polite and On-Time Professionals
• No Mess Left Behind
• Use Only Environmentally Safe Products
• No Need to Move Furniture or Remove Screens
• No job Too Small
• 100% Money Back Guarantee

Call us today, at 847-715-9493 to schedule your cleaning appointment

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips
As winters leaves and the beautiful warmth of spring arrives, savvy homeowners often turn their attention to general home maintenance tasks. Here are twelve spring home maintenance tips.

Inspect Your Roof
Inspect your roof and examine shingles. Replace shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose.

Wash Windows and Examine Seals
Spring is a great time to wash all your windows, inside and out. Also, during this time, examine the seals and frames for any potential issues.
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Check the Gutters
Check for any gutter issues. Loose or leaky gutters should be repaired to insure proper drainage, directing melting snow and rain from your roof and home. If water doesn’t drain properly it can lead to unwanted and expensive water damage. In addition, make sure downspouts are clear and free of debris, and drain away from the foundation. If necessary, have your gutters professionally cleaned.

Clean Vents and Air Ducts
Take time to clean all your air vents and air ducts. This will help with air quality, energy efficiency and general overall home health conditions.

Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Experts recommend replacing smoke detector batteries in the fall and spring. Along with changing the batteries, it’s a good idea to test each detector to ensure it’s working properly.

Clean or Replace HVAC Filters
Spring is a great time to clean or replace HVAC filters. Dirty filters will force your home’s heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder, increasing your energy bill.

Yard Clean Up
Clean up yard debris (lose branches, leaves, ect). Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures.

Check Deck and Porches
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. List and prioritize any needed repairs.

Clean and Repair Window Screens

For many homeowners, it’s possible to keep your house cool in the summer by opening the windows (at least at night). After inspecting your screens, clean your them on a flat surface with soapy water. Patch any holes or replace the screen.

Pressure Wash Surfaces and Inspect
Pressure wash decks, driveways, fence and other outside surfaces. Subsequently, inspect services for any issues or damage. Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing.

Some homeowners save time and money by hiring a professional company, such as My Window Washing, for window washing, gutter cleaning and pressure washing.

Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?

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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.
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