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Gutter Cleaning Mistakes You Are Making

This is not a fun job. But it is a job that must be done, because “prevention is better than cure”.

Not cleaning gutters can result in problems including flooding, damage to foundations, structural damage, rotting fascia, and ground erosion. All this is preventable, provided you, the homeowner, attends to the following costly mistakes.

Don’t bother cleaning the gutters until they are full.

This is the number 1 error. If your gutters are full, and heavy rainfall or a storm comes along … yeah, it is much too late to do anything about it. When the gutters are full, the water has a hard time getting to the downpipe, and it has to go somewhere, so guess where it goes. Some will overflow and make big puddles around your foundations, or it will go into your roof area, and into the ceiling. Then what happens? You will need to spend big on repairs to restore and repair your house. If you are not keen or physically able to get on a ladder and clean out the gutters yourself, there are people who will do it for you. Compare the cost of paying a cleaner to repairing the roof and ceiling.

I don’t need to check the gutters, do I?

Severe storms do damage, we all know that. You can’t make an inspection while the storm is raging, but it is certainly a good idea to get up there and see what happened, without too much delay. Ensure that no damage has happened to your roof and gutters. Any problems will come to light the next time it rains or storms, with the same unwanted result to your ceilings. If you’re not sure about anything at all, call in the experts again. You don’t want a nasty surprise next time a storm hits.

Get the cheapest quote

The job needs to be done, so I don’t want to pay too much. However think of this before you go along that line. Sometimes all you need is someone with a leaf blower to do a basic clean out. But if you want a proper clean, including all gutters, downpipes and drains, to ensure grime, dirt and debris is completely removed, you need to go to a reputable gutter cleaning company. You will find different websites quoting basic prices, which seem to be cheap, but there is the possibility that those basic prices do not include everything that needs to be done. Contact a local roofing company known to have a good reputation, and known to do a good job, and ask for an inclusive itemised quote, so no hidden costs can be added on afterwards.

I’m depending on the gutter guards

These are promoted as the solution to keeping leaves out of the gutter. They help, but they are not the ultimate solution. Cheap gutter guards have large grids that don’t even notice the dirt and grit that easily gets through. Some without UV protection will disintegrate over time. Even the most expensive gutter guards still allow dirt and debris fall through. This builds up in the gutter, and in a cursory observation you won’t see it under the guard.

Let’s go back to the reputable cleaning company. They know all the facts about what works and what doesn’t. You will be spending money on something that no-one will see unless their windows are above your roof level, but you will be protecting your investment in your home.

Common Problems With Your Carpet

New carpet makes a big difference to your room, and not just because it is a different colour. It renews the room, and makes you want to keep it looking new and fresh for ever. But like everything else, carpet gets old, but there are some solutions to give it a pick-me-up.

Indications of wear

Sooner than you expect, there may be indications of wear, such as a thinning appearance. Basically, this is the fault of the underlay. Underlay’s purpose is intended to cushion your carpet, and make it feel soft and plush underfoot. But if the wrong underlay is used, you will find that your carpet wears more quickly than expected. Make sure the underlay is the best quality, most suitable for your type of carpet. Some underlays are made from natural rubber or foam. Do you have a multi-storey house? You might like to know that there is also acoustic underlay, so it can muffle sound between floors. Ask your carpet retailer. Tell them what you have and what you need, and they can advise you.

Pile thickness

This is the length and thickness of the fibres of your carpet. Shag carpets have long fibres, and Axminster carpet is short fibres. In high traffic areas it is most obvious when your carpet pile is losing thickness. It is probably because the wrong carpet was put in that area where traffic is most likely to be heavy. Tell the carpet retailer where you want the carpet to go. Tell him if you have children or pets, and where they usually spend a lot of their time and energy in the house.

So what to do about it? One solution is to place a piece of furniture to disguise the worn area. However the results of high traffic on carpet are only there because that’s where everyone needs to walk, and putting furniture there will just move the high traffic to another part of the carpet. Another solution is to put an area rug over the worn out area. There are so many choices of size, colours and patterns. The ultimate solution is to rip up the old carpet (maybe it’s been there for a long time anyway) and put down new carpet and underlay which is totally suitable for the area.

Indentations from furniture

When you rearrange the furniture, you can see indentations left by the heavy furniture in the carpet. Low quality carpet contributes more to this problem. This is another question to ask your carpet retailer, how to withstand indentations from furniture. A possible solution is to move the furniture just a bit every so often to spread out the indentations. Otherwise, don’t move the furniture at all. Just be sure the furniture is in the right place to start with. But if you must move it, put load spreading supports under the furniture to distribute the weight. Or you could put a rug between your furniture and the carpet.

When you are buying carpet, be sure to put all these questions to the salesman and trust that he knows what he is talking about.

Last piece of advice – vacuum your carpets weekly, and have them professionally deep cleaned by a company like these professional carpet cleaners in Wollongong. This will increase the life of your carpets.

Some Real Benefits of Pressure Cleaning Your House and Property

Did you know your home is in a constant battle? That battle is with the environment, and without your help, your home will always lose. Years upon years of blazing hot sun does its damage, as does hundreds of rainstorms, tonnes of wind blow dust and debris, the work of burrowing insects, trees with fallen leaves and sap, and animals and birds, as well. All of this, over time, degrades the look of your house and the strength of its protective coatings.

Pressure Cleaning your house can make it look clean and sparkling and an envy to your neighbours. That’s a very major positive benefit, but not the focus to this blog.

We’re going to look at some of the other benefits that Pressure Cleaning can give your home and property.

Pressure Cleaning Your Home Can Help Prevent Expensive Damage

Water is a funny thing. On the one hand, we need it to live. On the other, it can destroy. Water causes wood to rot, metal to rust and it can erode rock and soil.

It can also cause mould to form and spread over your surfaces, both interior and exterior. One of the many negatives about mould is that it can eat away at the paint covering your exterior surfaces. That paint isn’t there just to make your house stand out and look pretty. It’s like a protective skin between the environment and the surface itself. Once the mould starts eating away at the paint, the protective surfaces becomes more and more compromised, leaving behind the unprotected exterior surface underneath. The unprotected exterior is now open to the environment, and as we’ve already said, in a battle with the environment your house will eventually lose.

It will just lose far faster without the paint protecting it.

Pressure Cleaning Can Actually Improve Your Health.

We talked about one of the negatives about mould in the previous example. This is a second negative. Mould can also be harmful to your health; as can algae, dust mites, pollen, bacterium and fungus and many other things, particularly to people who have underlying breathing issues, such as allergies or asthma.

Making sure you have a scheduled pressure cleaning of your exterior surfaces will get rid of these things, thereby improving the health of everyone living inside.

Pressure Cleaning Can Prepare Your Exterior Surfaces For Other Work

If you want to paint your surfaces, whether they be exterior surfaces, or wooden surfaces like your fence or decks, you first need to ensure you have a completely clean, smooth surface. Painted wooden surfaces are usually not something that you would pressure clean using a high pressure cleaning water jet, because the force of the water will scrape the paint right off … but if you are going to repaint it anyway, then high pressure cleaning will ensure a complete clean and smooth surface ready for your first coat.

Also, if you want to seal your concrete driveway, performing a high pressure driveway clean on the driveway will ensure the driveway surface is clean and smooth and real for the seal.

How Important Are Good Gutters?

Are your property values affected if your gutters aren’t doing the best job?

Buyers expect that the gutters are in good nick. Gutters are expected to be able to easily catch and remove the rain water that falls on the roof. They are not listed as an asset in the real estate advertisements. “Four bedrooms (great), two and a half bathrooms (also great), large kitchen with a huge island (wonderful!!), working gutters (huh??)”.  Because gutters are supposed to work properly. Do we have to promote the fact that the lock on the front door works properly? Do we have to show that there’s a space for a refrigerator? Of course not, those things are expected. Same with gutters, buyers would expect that they work. Therefore they do not add to the value of your home.

There is a but

But if your gutters are broken down, obviously looking very ugly, that will have a negative effect on the value of your house. When gutters are good, they are barely noticeable. When they are ugly, they are very noticeable.

When the gutters don’t do what they’re supposed to do, which is to transport the rain water from the roof to the downpipe and subsequently to the drains, that can lead to costly problems, and your potential buyer will not want to buy into that situation. Water brings life, but in some circumstances it bring destruction. In the natural world, erosion caused by water is obvious. Water has power.

It can cause similar erosion, albeit on a much smaller scale, to your home’s foundations, which could result in subsidence and cracks forming in your foundations and or walls. That will result in expensive repairs.

Water that can not flow through blocked gutters will back up onto your roof or overflow, spilling down the walls. Water pooling on your roof will, in time, cause damage to your roof, rafters, ceilings and everything it can get close to. And water which spills over down the walls will pool on the ground and even get into your foundations.

Conclusion

We have to conclude that good gutters don’t have any effect on the value of your home, since everyone would expect that the gutters would do what they are supposed to do. They don’t get included in the “selling points”, such as “3 car garage”, “in-ground pool with sauna and spa”, etc. Gutters are important, but they sit there, surrounding your home, doing their job without fanfare.

But bad gutters … that’s a different story. Get your gutters checked. Actually the Building & Pest Inspector who has an important role to play in the purchase of a house, is likely to put a big red X on their report if they feel that the gutters are not up to scratch.  Before getting ready to go on the market, make sure your gutters get a pass mark by having a professional gutter cleaner get up there to clean out your gutters. It is not a great expense, but it may mean that there would be no further, and much greater, expense if the roof or foundations need to be repaired.