New Year Resolutions for Cleaning Your Home

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.

Top 5 Signs You Need to Have Your Gutters Repaired

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.

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