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  1. A Guide to Gutter Maintenance

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    Spring is officially here! Even if it’s not quite warm enough to shrug off the coats and sweaters just yet, it is a good time to start thinking about spring home maintenance.

    That probably has you thinking about cleaning your windows, and power washing your deck to get it ready for summer. While those are important things to take care of in spring, there’s also another bit of maintenance that often gets overlooked in spring: gutter cleaning.

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    If you thought you only had to worry about gutter cleaning in the late fall, you’re not alone. It’s a common misconception. Exactly how often you need them cleaned varies a great deal based on where you live. If you happen to live in an area with lots of evergreen trees, you’ll probably need to get them done 2 or 3 times a year, since these trees continue to drop leaves and needles all year round. Weather can play a big factor too; a particularly fierce spring storm can easily fill your gutters with leaves and debris, leaving you with an overflow situation.

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    Aside from trees, nature has a few other ways to clog up your gutters. Animals can cause gutter debris too. The most common culprits are birds, who often drop things mid-flight, which often land in gutters. It’s not all that strange to find things like bones, rocks, nesting materials, and even small toys in gutters, thanks to the work of local birds.

    If you leave your gutters cluttered with all that debris, you run the risk of rodents making a comfy home in there too. Mice, rats, and other rodents have been known to bunk down in gutters, which can cause a whole bunch of problems. That alone is a great reason to keep your gutters clear all year round!

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    To help give you an idea of just how often you should be thinking about gutter maintenance, we’ve come up with a suggested yearly schedule:

    Late fall: A proper cleaning after most of the leaves have fallen helps to keep things clear for winter rain and snow storms.

    Winter: (optional): A touch up in late December in November might be necessary if your area has seen any harsh storms.

    Spring: Another cleaning in March or April helps keep things clear for all those April showers.

    If you keep up with regular maintenance, you’ll likely never run into problems with overflowing gutters, and they’ll last you a lot longer.

  2. Why You Should Get Your Windows Professionally Cleaned

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    It’s pretty obvious when your kitchen floor needs a good mopping or your bathroom needs a good scrub. But there are certain things we just don’t tend to clean all that often, like our windows. When you’ve got the blinds closed on chilly winter days, you likely don’t notice that your windows are getting dirty. Aside from aesthetics, there are several reasons why it’s important to make sure you clean the inside of your windows. And when we say clean, we mean having them professionally cleaned—they require more than just the occasional quick wipe with a cloth and some all-purpose cleaning spray.

    Let the sunshine in

    We all know that sunshine has a big effect on how we feel. That’s the whole reason behind the “winter blues.” When the inside of your windows is covered in smudges and dirt, you’re making it harder for the light to make its way inside. What you might not realize is that this can also have an impact on your heating bill. Dirt and smudges on the windows can also make them less efficient at conducting heat. Sunlight reflects off of the smudges and is unable to heat the inside of your house in winter.

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    Lack of direct sunlight can also make it easier for all sorts of yucky substances to flourish around your windows. If the light can’t get in, you’ll soon find bugs, insects, condensation, and mildew accumulating in the window sills. This stuff can be quite difficult to clean, so it’s best to stop it before it even starts.

    Live long and prosper

    As you probably know, windows aren’t exactly cheap. So of course, you want to do everything possible to ensure they last as long as possible. Yep, you guessed it—that includes regular cleaning. Glass is porous, which means that over time, any dirt that accumulates will start to break down the surface. This problem gets worse in the winter but can happen any time of year. The most common substances that cause problems are hard minerals, oxidation, acid rain, sea spray, over spray from paint, etc. If you don’t clean these substances off the windows, it’s likely that you’ll need to replace your windows more often.

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    So now that you know why it’s so important to have your windows professionally cleaned, you’re probably wondering how often you should have it done. We recommend doing it at least once a year, but twice a year is ideal.