Have you ever noticed that when home maintenance professionals discuss taking care of your home, they always seem to mention cleaning, clearing and inspecting? Three major topics of home maintenance that cannot be ignored.
Cleaning your home’s interior and exterior, clearing debris, cleaning out gutters, trimming hedges, cleaning filters, inspecting for leaks, the list goes on. Whether it’s weekly, monthly or yearly home maintenance, it all boils down to cleaning.
Now is the time that Ken Darrohn, with Blue Wave Pressure Washing is encouraging all of his customers to start their seasonal home maintenance checklist. A checklist that not only includes power washing, but various other aspects of upkeep that are detrimental to protecting your greatest investment. Your home.
Having been in the cleaning business for over 20 years, Ken has pretty much seen it all. However, he recommends following a few easy year-round steps so your home will stay in tip top shape for all seasons.
Inspect your Roof and Your Attic
Roof leaks can go undetected for a long time and can be a horrible source of mold and mildew. It can damage insulation and be harmful to your health. Signs that you may have more extensive damage are missing shingles, warn granules, flaking paint, buckling and water penetration.
“…it is a very small aspect of a roof, but damaged flashing can cause immense damage under the surface.” First American Roofing & Siding, Inc.
Are your gutters free of debris? Gutters need to be cleaned out in order to allow for proper drainage. You don’t want rainwater running down the soffits and fascia of your home and you definitely don’t want unwanted critters from nesting in your drains. If climbing ladders is beyond your comfort zone, don’t hesitate to call Blue Wave. Blue Wave has the expertise and equipment to handle the job, safely and effectively.
“Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. If you have pine trees near your home, needles will need to be removed every three months to reduce the potential for clogging the gutters and downspouts.” Home Depot
Check your HVAC filters, inside and out
Be sure filters are clear of debris and dust. Replace any filters that are dirty and remember to check them often.
“If you have more than one heating and/or air conditioning system, then you definitely have more than one air filter.” Hannabery HVAC
Clear debris, trim shrubs/hedges
Be sure there is no overgrowth around your AC unit, as well as the foundation of your house. Overgrowth can lead to mildew, eroding landscapes and water retention.
“Foundation plantings gained popularity around older homes as a way to block the view of their unsightly foundations. This practice is no longer recommended because of how the plants hold water around a home and compromise the integrity of its foundation.” Hunker
Inspect all concrete around your home
Look for cracks, crumbling and dark spots. These are signs that you need to do some repair work so that temperature influxes don’t uproot the concrete even more. In the event you have dark spots and staining, don’t wait because they won’t go away on their own. Call Blue Wave for a complete power washing. Get that dirt and grime up before it leaves permanent stains.
“Successful long-term repair procedures must attack the causes of the cracks as well as the cracks themselves.” Science Direct
In addition to the above, there are many other home maintenance projects that need to be addressed year- round, but starting out with the 3 little words; cleaning, clearing and inspecting will give you a giant head start to maintaining a beautiful and efficient home.
Whatever type of maintenance you need, you are not alone, there are professionals ready and willing to help.
Homeowners across Raleigh, Durham, and Cary have raved at the incredible difference that Blue Wave Pressure Washing has made to their properties. Whatever the size or shape of the project, we stand ready to provide clients with the Blue Wave Guarantee – Dedication to deliver a quality work product, through responsive personnel and timely services.
If you’re ready to get started cleaning, contact the experts at Blue Wave Pressure Washing today.
“A home operates with the seasons, coming to life in the spring and hunkering down for the winter.” Ronda Kaysen with The New York Times, Real Estate division.