When it comes to home maintenance, one of the most overlooked steps is gutter cleaning. While gutters may not seem important, they are one of the first defenses against costly damage. Clean gutters can help you avoid damage and rot to your roof, mold and mildew buildup in a basement, keep landscaping looking nice, and even prevent structural damage to the base of your home.
Get Rid of Debris
As the year progresses, leaves and twigs will break off of trees. Over time, these start to collect in your gutter. Gutter cleaning is necessary to get all the debris out. If you don’t remove debris, water from your roof will have nowhere to go and can start to soak into the fascia boards around the edge of your roof. Unchecked, this damage can turn into the need for roof repair or shingle replacement.
Remove Clogged Up Gutters
Gutters come with drain spouts to direct rainwater away from the home. When these spouts get clogged up, the water builds up and eventually spills over. Because your roof collects a lot of rain, the amount of overspill can quickly start to damage the foundation of your home. In addition to putting the integrity of your house at risk, clogged gutters can lead to excess moisture in basements and become a catalyst for mold growth.
Find Any Issues That Need Fixed
Regular gutter cleaning by a professional service means you will be able to spot damage before it becomes a serious problem. Professional cleaners will look for portions of your gutter that may need to be replaced, find problem areas that have been caused by water damage, and let you know the steps needed to get everything repaired. Getting this information as soon as possible allows you to stay ahead of any repair jobs—a much cheaper solution than roof or foundation repair.
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Gutters that aren’t cleaned can lead to severe damage to your home. Clogged gutters can cause water to spill onto your foundation, slowly eroding it. Water can seep into the fascia board of your roof and ruin shingles. Overflowing gutters can even be responsible for ruining landscaping. To keep your gutters well maintained, you should have them cleaned every year but how often should it actually be done?
Clean Your Gutters At Least Twice Per Year
No matter where your home is located, it is advised to have your gutters cleaned at least twice per year. This is typically done in the Spring and Fall seasons. A Spring cleaning gets your gutter system ready for the increase in rain and Fall cleanings will keep your gutters clear as more foliage begins to build up. Summer and Winter cleanings can be done, however, and may be slightly cheaper than peak-season cleanings.
Sometimes You Need To Clean More Often
While twice per year is the standard for gutter cleaning, your home may be in need of more frequent maintenance. Homes that are surrounded by mature trees may need an additional cleaning throughout the year. Certain geographical regions, especially areas with higher than average rainfalls, may also need three (or even four) gutter cleanings per year to make sure you are free from buildup.
Hire A Professional To Clean Your Gutters
Having your gutters cleaned properly one time by a professional is more effective than having multiple self-cleanings that aren’t complete. This is especially true for debris-prone homes that clog up quickly. Professional cleanings involve debris removal, unclogging, and a thorough inspection of any damage to your gutters or roof. This allows you to make small fixes instead of spending thousands on large repairs in the future.
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If you live near other homeowners or pay attention to home care trends, you may have noticed the increased popularity of power washing. Power washing, or pressure washing, refers to high pressure water being used to clean dirt and grime from a surface, sometimes at high temperatures. While power washing especially durable materials like concrete or brick is usually without much risk for damage, power washing your house is a different story.
It is important to understand the potential risks power washing can pose to your home. If done with excessive water pressure, power washing can do serious damage to your home exterior and interior if water gets inside. Your house can withstand moisture, but isn’t meant to hold up to extreme water pressure which can seep into your walls and cause lasting water damage or even mold growth that is expensive to repair. Extreme power washing can also knock siding and shingles loose if done incorrectly, so it must be approached with serious care and consideration.
This isn’t meant to scare you out of pressure washing, but understanding how to do it correctly is important for the wellbeing of your home. Power washing, if done correctly and with the right detergents, can extend the lifespan of your home and increase its market value. Thus we recommend opting instead for a much lower pressure washing. This type of washing, often referred to as “soft washing” is best achieved with professional equipment and detergents in order to do it safely and effectively. A professional soft washing ensures the dirt, grime, and organic material that can damage your home if left for too long are removed by a trained hand and the appearance of your house is restored without doing any damage.
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As a responsible homeowner, you want what is best for your home to ensure it lasts as long as possible and looks the best it possibly can. That is why it is important to understand the different types of exterior home cleanings available to you so you can make the best decision for you and your house.
The two most common forms of exterior home cleaning are pressure washing and soft washing. But what is the difference between the two? It boils down to the water pressure and amount of cleaning solution used in each type of washing. Pressure washing uses extremely high water pressure, usually between 1300-1700 PSI, or pounds per square inch. Soft washing foregoes that water pressure, usually only utilizing 500 or less PSI, and instead uses eco-friendly chemicals to get the job done.
How do you know which is the best for your home? The answer varies depending on what surface you are looking to have cleaned. Because pressure washing utilizes such high water pressure, it is best suited for extremely durable materials like brick, concrete, or rock. Pressure washing is commonly performed on sidewalks or patios instead of on the exterior of a house. Soft washing is better for most other materials and ensures surfaces won’t be eroded by extreme water pressure. It is best performed on materials like glass, cedar shake, wood, vinyl siding, and screens but the list goes on and on. If you’re still not sure, the good news is that most home care technicians are happy to provide phone consultations free of charge to ensure you get the cleaning service you and your home deserve.
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Those ugly black streaks and dark spots on your roof may look like dirt, soot, mildew, or mold, but what they indeed are is algae. The most common type is called gloeocaspa magma, which is also known as blue-green algae.
Algae growth usually starts as tiny spots which become visible streaks with time. Usually, before you notice, it has been on the roof for about two or more months.
Why does it appear black? Gloeocaspa can create a protective darkly pigmented outer coating that protects the algae from possible damage from UV rays. This is why your roof has those unsightly streaks. While algae can be found on all roofing types, it is usually more common on asphalt shingles.
Why do Asphalt Shingles get Algae?
Algae spores can be brought to your roof by wind and birds, and because they are airborne, they can rapidly spread from rooftop to rooftop in your neighborhood. It is likewise the case for condos, townhomes, and apartment complexes.
To reduce cost, most shingle manufacturers have switched to shingles containing asphalt, mostly made up of fillers such as crushed limestone and fiberglass, which facilitates the growth of algae. The crushed limestone filler is a food source for those algae.
Is Your Roof Algae Dangerous or Harmful?
Roof algae are not dangerous or harmful on its own, but eventually, the algae can cause the protective UV granules covering the roofing shingles to begin to come off by drying them out.
Fungus, which is also airborne, can combine with algae present on your roof to form into lichen. This lichen feeds off both the shingle filler and the algae. Unlike algae, lichen can grow roots, which makes it more difficult to remove than algae.
How do You Remove the Black Streaks on Your Roof
You can easily remove your roof algae by occasionally cleaning your roof. However, you should note that while cleaning your roof yourself is good for its maintenance, it may void any roof warranties or insurance policies you may have. Always hire a professional roof cleaning company, that specializes in soft washing to remove the black streaks on your roof.
Roof algae can be a displeasing site every time you look at your roof. The black streaks are very unattractive, but with proper and occasional cleaning (once in a year or two), you can keep your roof looking new.
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