Resolutions are not just for us personally, involving areas such as physical, behavioral or spiritual practices. They can also relate to how we treat and maintain our possessions. Few of us have a possession greater and more valuable than our homes. The following list is to be used as more of a road map than an absolute. The intention is not to imply that a given month is the only or even the best month to tackle this specific choir. Rather, each month’s task is part of a comprehensive plan to work through your entire house’s cleaning needs over the course of one year. January Deep interior cleaning – dusting, vacuuming, edging, and carpet cleaning. OK, if you put up a Christmas tree and decorations, they should now be down (they are down right? If not, stop reading and do that right now!) Spring-cleaning is the commonly mentioned tradition, but few can argue that the holidays do not bring their share of dust, dirt, stains, etc. to your home. From the dust coming from decoration boxes stored in the attic or garage, to tree needles (even artificial trees shed their artificial needles!), to extra foot traffic from guests, to food and drink spills, your house needs some work when the holidays are done. I am personally always amazed at what dust or stains I see once the decorations are down. It feels great to start the year with a clean interior.
No matter the topic, there are always some common questions regarding it. Following are answers to some of the most frequent questions asked about gutter cleaning: When is the Best Time to Perform Gutter Cleaning? There are two schools of thought; before the predominant leaf and needle fall for your area or immediately afterwards. Which works for your house has as much as to do with past practices as it does the composition of the debris and environment surrounding your home. If leaf fall is very little but it has been years since last cleaned and your gutters are already overflowing before the primary debris fall has even started, you might want to consider cleaning prior to the fall so that they have capacity for new debris. However, if your yearly debris fall is high and a single season fills up the full capacity of the gutters, then it is best to wait for the entire debris drop before cleaning.
Knowing the signs of a needed gutter repair can help prevent bigger, more expensive issues. Different signs point to various types of issues and distinct gutter repairs needed. Sitting Water in Clean Gutters If you gutters have been recently cleaned and are mostly clear of debris yet water is sitting them, possibly even accumulating at the end away from the downspout, this is a sign of a mis-graded gutter. This can be the result of either a faulty initial installation of the gutters, interim damage, or possibly uneven settling of the structure itself. If the section of gutter is not excessively long or have too many corners between the primary point of sitting water and the downspout, it may be repairable. If room for adjustment is available, either one end needs raising or the other lowering. However, if it is too long or too complex of a section, you are likely looking at need to replace the gutters. In that situation, a second option to add an additional downspout at the site where the water accumulates might be considered. Just make sure to plan where the drained water is to be directed because there likely won’t be a nearby underground drain.
Two of the best reasons for having a formal roof maintenance plan are our natural inclination toward forgetfulness and procrastination. First, we all seem to live busy lives these days. Before you know it, a year can easily pass with many chores undone. Our memories are getting taxed with a thousand different things on our “To Do” lists. Honesty, how far up on your To Do list does your roof make it? Likely, not very far. While a roof isn’t necessarily out of sight, it easily becomes out of mind. With so much on the line, it’s worth it to not risk forgetting having your roof periodically reviewed and maintained. Servicing a roof maintenance plan
Wondering whether gutter screens, filters and covers actually work is a common question for anyone who regularly cleans or hires someone to clean their gutters. The ultimate best answer to this question will depend on the asker’s expectations and perception of what a gutter protection system should accomplish. To fully answer the question and show the reasons why different expectations might result in different answers, we will first do a quick review of the various types of gutter protection (screens, filters and covers.) Roll mesh screen
If you are going to go the effort of doing or hiring out some major outdoor cleaning jobs, you might as well do them at the right time of the year, and Spring certainly is the best. The first rule of thumb for outdoor cleaning is that you always want to start from top down. It can be quite defeating to get a particular area looking great, just to have debris and grime from a surface above come down on in when it is subsequently cleaned.
Spring Deck Cleaning & Maintenance Helps Your Deck Extend it’s Life Decks are one of the best areas of your home. They get you outside more often. Whether morning, mid-day or evening, decks can offer a nice spot to relax. With the 2013 average cost of a deck addition in the western states being
We bath ourselves, wash our cars and pets, and vacuum our carpets frequently. Yet sometimes, we forget about cleaning the largest item most of us own – our house, specifically, it’s exterior. Pressure washing is an excellent method for cleaning many of the surfaces around our home. Most exterior surfaces around your home respond well to being power washed. With water commonly being shot out at between 1000 to 4000 psi, this type of washing offers a unique opportunity to clean deeper than simple hosing or manual brushing. Pressured washed fence – before and after
This weekend, we in the Pacific Northwest are are experiencing one of the heaviest rain storms of both recent and even “not so recent” memory. It is not often that words like “typhoon” get used in the same sentence as Portland or Oregon.
Metal roofs are by far the least common roof type in the Portland Metro area. That being said, they still require cleaning like all other types. While metal roofs have their own strong advantages, they also have their own unique set of difficulties and disadvantages.