• Winter Clean Your House

    We’ve all hear of the term “Spring Clean”, but just as important is what is known as a winter clean.

    Whats a winter clean? You may ask- well very simply its the same as a spring clean. At this time of year with the heavy showers and the leaves falling from the trees, mud is being brought into the garden paths and as it dries, it naturally blows against the house.

    So rather than wait until spring to clean the house, in much the same way as we are encouraged to prepare our cars for winter or prepare our heating system for winter, it makes just as much sense to prepare the outside of our house for winter.

    Window Cleaning

    Pure West Midlands Window Cleaning Service

    Having a monthly window clean is the first way to help this. The pure water that is used to clean the windows is very effective in stopping the build up of dirt and dust, on the windows and your nice white sills.

    A monthy window clean ensures that this build up is kept to a minimum.

    Gutter Cleaning

    As ythe leaves and the moss on your roof or from nearby trees start to collect in the gutter, this can lead to blocked downpipes or a collection of water in the gutter itself, If this starts to leak or overflow, it is very likely to cause damage to the external part of the house

    But dont take our word for it – this is an excerpt from the AXA Insurance Website

    What causes damaged or blocked gutters?

    When thinking about how to avoid gutter repairs, it’s important to remember one simple fact: clean gutters are far less susceptible to damage than blocked gutters. In fact, the two most common gutter related issues facing homeowners are blockages in the gutter itself, and blockages in the downpipes. These blockages are often caused by debris like fallen leaves, moss, and (in some unfortunate cases) dead animals. One simple way to tell if you’re in need of gutter repairs is to take a step outside while it’s raining – if water is running down the side of your house, it’s likely that your gutters are blocked.

    Leaking gutter joints are another common problem: in fact, leaking gutters are the most common cause of isolated damp in homes across the UK. Leaks can occur when bits of debris get caught in the joints, or simply from general wear and tear. If you’re experiencing damp in your property, it’s a good idea to check your gutters before you do anything else to see if that’s what’s causing the problem. 

    One final sign of damage to look out for is sagging gutters. This can happen when the gutter becomes weighed down by debris and standing water, or when there are rusty screws and faulty brackets. Frequent gutter cleaning can highlight these problems: you’ll easily be able to check how sturdy they are by examining the downpipe on the ground, and if anything feels a little loose you can take precautions before any real damage occurs.

    How to fix damaged or blocked gutters

    If you have damaged or blocked guttering, the easiest way to clear it is to call in the professionals – they’ll be able to advise on everything from clearing debris to showing you how to repair plastic gutter seams. They’ll need a ladder that reaches the roof, some thick gloves, a garden hose, a long piece of stiff wire, some small plastic garden bags to drop the debris into, and a scooping tool. If your gutters are made from a synthetic material such as PVC, make sure they don’t use a metal scraping tool, as this can cause damage and lead to more costly gutter repairs in the future.

    Once they identify a blockage, they’ll start by removing any big pieces of debris from the gutter with the scoop. If the blockage is in your downpipe, they’ll use the wire to make a hole in the middle of the blockage. The next step is to run the water from the hose down the hole, which should start to clear the debris away. Once they’ve cleared the gutter, aim a hose onto your roof to make sure the water’s running freely – this will help you to identify any split or broken gutter seams. If you spot a problem, you’ll need to start thinking about booking in some more extensive gutter repairs.

    If you do have leaking gutter joints it’s important to get them repaired as soon as possible. Sometimes, removing the section of guttering and cleaning between the joint can fix the issue, as dirt can force your gutters apart. If there are cracks, they need to be filled in with sealant. This works for both PVC and metal guttering. Begin by having the area that needs to be repaired cleaned, and washing away any grime. Apply the sealant along the crack, ensuring that no gaps are left uncovered.

    Is there a long-term solution to guttering maintenance?

    It’s recommended that you get your gutters cleaned at least once a year. The best time to do this is at the beginning of winter, after the autumn leaves have fallen and before the really bad weather kicks in. This will reduce your chances of experiencing blocked guttering later on in the year, and gives you plenty of time to book in those vital gutter repairs before it gets too wet and windy. It’s also a good idea to do a quick check of your gutters in spring. Make sure that any large pieces of debris that have blown in over winter are removed, and check that all of the screws are tight and that no brackets are loose. Gutters can be damaged by heavy snow-fall and high winds, so it’s also wise to ensure everything’s in order after a spell of particularly bad weather.

    If your neighbourhood has a lot of trees and debris is unavoidable, you can install a gutter guard. These act as a filter, catching leaves and preventing them from entering your gutters and downpipes while still catching the water. Although the guards won’t stop all debris from entering your gutters (you’ll still need to clean them at least once a year) they will keep the larger, more dangerous pieces from causing blockages, flooding, leakages, and sagging.

    Compelling reason indeed to get your Gutters Cleaned!

    Fascia and Cladding Cleaning

    Over time we simply dont notice, that what was once a shining white piece of plastic has now become dull, grey or even green.

    But this is the first impression any visitors or passers by get of your house. Sometimes we are shocked when we look at the cladding on our houses to see just how weathered they have become!

    Especially with the holiday season approaching, wouldnt it be nice to think that everyones first impression of your house, is that it’s exceptionally clean? Thats why we are currently offering a pre christmas cleaning offer 

    Conservatory Cleaning

    Its lovely to sit on a cold winters day in the warmth of our conservatory and just watch the world go by – but what if we are sitting there thinking “This roof could do with a clean?” Or Is it foggy or do the windows need cleaning? Our conservatory should be a source of pride, not a cause for wishing you’d got it cleaned before eveybody turned up.

    We can help Whether its cleaning the conservatory roof or just the windows we can help give your house a winter spruce up!

    Call now for a free quotation on 0800 160 1538