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Gutter Cleaning FAQs
The average cost for cleaning gutters ranges from $118 to $225. Having the gutters of homes that have only one floor cleaned may cost between $70 and $200. Two-story homes can be between $90 to $225. Homes that have three or more stories may incur an additional $75 to $200.
You should have your gutters cleaned out three times a year, one for each season - spring, summer, and fall. It’s an important maintenance project that will save you a lot of money if done regularly.
Gutter cleaning usually includes the following:
- Removing dirt and debris stuck in the gutters
- Inspecting and clearing gutter guards
- Repairing seals and fastenings of gutters
Yes. If gutters are not cleaned, you will find yourself facing repairs for structural damage, moist interior walls, and mold growth.
Generally, you should clean your gutters when fall starts, so it’s around September or October. Why fall? Because that’s when leaves start to fall, so you might have a buildup of leaves in your gutters. If you live in an area with many trees, you might find yourself cleaning your gutters regularly.
You’ll be paying for a lot of things: expertise, cleaning equipment, tall ladders, time, hazard costs, and so on. But remember, think of it as an investment so that you don’t have to pay for bigger repair costs in the future!
If your gutters are not cleaned, rainwater will get backed up into your house or building. Rainwater can cause issues such as rotting wooden boards, water damage, and the most dangerous, foundation damage. Water can also go through the walls, causing molds to grow on the walls. Clogged or damaged gutters will result in you having to shell out more money for more expensive repair jobs.
You can use the following to clean your gutters without needing a ladder, provided you have a one-story structure only:
- A power washer with an extension wand
- A wet/dry vacuum with an extension tube
- Your garden hose
- A leaf blower with a gutter attachment
- Telescopic gutter cleaning tools
Professional gutter cleaners have professional-grade tools. These include industrial-strength or even truck-mounted vacuums with gutter-sized attachments and very strong power washers. Workers alternate between washing your gutters and vacuuming them to remove all types of blockage and debris. They will then get all the debris that has been removed from your gutters and dispose of them in garbage bags. Some may also offer exterior cleaning as an extra service, using mechanical brushes and steam cleaners.
You can use a variety of the tools mentioned above, such as the power washer and the vacuum. Of course, the fastest way to have your gutters cleaned is to hire a professional. They can clear out your gutters for you in no time!
Normally, three times a year. However, you should also check out your gutters after strong rains, or if you live in an area with plenty of trees. You have to make sure that your gutters’ structural integrity is not compromised, or that they are not blocked by falling leaves.
Yes, you can. You just need an extension wand to make sure you can reach your gutters. However, make sure you’re wearing safety goggles while cleaning so that you won’t get any debris in your eyes. Wear waterproof clothes so you’ll be fine even if you get splashed by the strong water flow.
Yes. Gutter guards are good to have, but they don’t keep debris out successfully all the time. Twigs and other kinds of debris will always make your way into your gutters. And the problem with a gutter guard is that you might have a hard time seeing if any debris is piling up. Don’t depend on guards to save you from cleaning gutters regularly.
Your house is going to need at least 24 hours to be fully dry after power washing.
Yes you should, so you can make sure that the dirt and soap are both washed away.
You should have your house pressure washed once a year between March and November. Just make sure you get to wash before winter arrives.
Yes, it can, due to the extreme pressure coming from the washer and if you do it the wrong way - as in, using too much pressure.
If not done correctly, you can expect any of the following to occur:
- Paint will be stripped
- Window screens will get shredded
- You will dislodge bricks
- You will end up with damaged seals on windows
- Plenty of cracked wood
- Mold and mildew will grow from water build-up
- Bodily injury
Ideally, you should wait around three to four days after washing before you start exterior painting. This gives house surfaces - whether wood, brick, or other materials - time to become fully dry. Never, ever paint on wet surfaces - it’s never a good idea!
Cleaning is considered commercial when it is carried out by an organization who employs trained cleaners. The cleaners use special equipment and technology in their task to clean the following: offices, research and development facilities, hospitals, schools, and commercial kitchens. Commercial cleaners also adhere to very high standards of cleanliness.
Commercial cleaners are also insured, meaning that any damage or theft that happens while they are doing their job will be partly covered by the customer.
Commercial cleaning is for commercial or special locations that require specialized knowledge, training, and equipment to effectively deep clean, for the safety of all who pass through and work in these locations.
Residential cleaning, on the other hand, are basically cleaners who do it for homes. There are no standards - each provider or individual will have their own processes and technology. Because of this, some residential cleaners leave a lot to be desired in terms of effectivity of cleaning. Residential cleaning also does not require insurance, meaning any property damage that occurs will be paid back the individual cleaner, or the cleaning company’s owner.
Roof Cleaning FAQs
Yes. It’s better to pay to have a roof cleaned instead of paying for your roof to be repaired or for a new roof to be installed. It’s less expensive.
Yes, if one, you do it yourself, and you don’t know how to do it correctly, and two, if you hire a company that is inexperienced with cleaning roofs. Make sure you hire a roof cleaning expert!
The time for cleaning depends on the state of the roof, and how many roof faces there are. But on average, roof cleaning will take between two to five hours.
The best time to remove moss from roofs in Covington is when you can see moss growing. Moss grows slowly in the summer, but come winter, rains, and spring, you’ll see lot of them. Remove them from your roof right before the rains fall.
Window Cleaning FAQs
The most efficient way is to hire a professional. However, if you want to do it yourself, here are few tips:
- Don’t clean while the sun is out. Clean during a dry and cloudy day. If the sun is up and blazing while you’re cleaning, the window cleaner solution might dry on the windows, leaving streaks.
- Vacuum or wipe dirt and dust first before getting your windows wet. You don’t want to be spreading wet dirt around windows.
- When using your cleaner, whether commercial or homemade, be generous. Don’t hold back on the spray, since you need the cleaner to dissolve the dirt.
- Use a microfiber cloth, because they’re absorbent, washable, and leaves your windows streak-free.
- Clean your house section by section. Do it per room so you don’t tire yourself out cleaning arbitrarily.
For window cleaning, the average cost ranges from $165 to $180. Some companies might give you a flat rate per window while others have customizable prices. The number of windows that need to be cleaned and the type of window all play into the price. We suggest calling your window cleaner to get a free estimate.
Yes. Public liability will cover several of the many incidents that may happen to them while they’re on the job, such as falling objects hitting people below, or the use of certain chemicals to clean windows which can cause allergic reactions to people who happen to smell them.
Yes, especially if you plan to make it a business. All business require licenses.
Generally, professional window cleaners will use an assortment of tools and equipment. Some of these include squeegees, sponges, cloths, ladders, and various window cleaning solutions.
The streaks are the leftover residue of the chemicals you used to clean your windows. If you don’t entirely wipe your window clean, and you’re cleaning on a hot day, the liquid part of the chemical evaporates, leaving the residue.