When To Start Planning Your Gutter Cleaning?

Fall home maintenance is all about getting your house ready for the cold season. And cleaning your gutters is one of the most important tasks when seasons change. Proper gutter maintenance is essential as failing to remove minor blockages, especially with the abundance of falling leaves in the autumn, can end up causing more significant problems like flooding that can cost you more in repairs down the line. In this article, we hope to answer some common questions about gutter cleaning maintenance and the most suitable time to plan your gutter system cleaning.

How much does a gutter cleaning cost?

The pricing for gutter cleaning in the Chicagoland area varies by the footage and the number of stories/house height. The gutters on single-story homes are the easiest to reach and clean, so they’re typically much cheaper to clean than those on larger multistory homes. For this type of house, the average national cost ranges from $70-$120. Although for the properties that have gutter guards installed, the cleaning services will be more costly. As for the downspouts, they are sometimes charged separately at about $10-$20 per downspout. Some companies will charge you an extra $5-$10 for each filled bag of leaves to be removed from the premises, or some may not dispose of it, leaving it for you to handle. Ask your local gutter cleaning company what is included in their cleaning process and how much each additional service costs.

Below is a typical cost chart for gutter cleaning in the Chicago area.

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What is the process of gutter cleaning?

Whether you have a plastic gutter system installed or a metal one, cleaning should be done using soft brushes. We do not use rough, metal tools that can damage the coating of parts. First, we take all debris out of your gutters by hand or using a leaf blower. The cleaning is done in the direction of the drains to the edge of the gutters. Property Refresh uses water to wash away dirt and flush out pipes. It is advised to use a powerful and thin jet of water. There are special spraying nozzles for cleaning you can attach to the hose; they are incredibly convenient for this task. Then we will bag all debris and take the bags with us. After cleaning the gutters, we will inspect the downspouts and unclog them. When we’re done, the technicians will walk around the house to clean any debris that might have fallen while cleaning gutters.

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When is the best time to get the gutters cleaned?

Many of our customers are interested when is the right time to clean the gutters and how often they should run the same process. It is recommended to clean the gutters twice a year: in late spring and fall before winter starts. If trees grow near the house or building, cleaning in fall should be done more often. Falling leaves can clog the gutters and the downspouts, which can result in flooding the basement. In addition, it is necessary to inspect them regularly during winter for ice formation. If ice has formed in the gutters, it must be removed and cleared. Aside from regular cleaning, gutters should be cleaned when they get clogged by thunderstorms or major floods. It is quite beneficial to your gutter system to run clear during the warm or changing seasons.

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How often do you clean the gutters?

Having your gutters cleaned regularly is cheaper than risking long-term water damage from clogged gutters. It is recommended to clean your gutters regularly and at least twice a year. Only regular and on-time maintenance can ensure the smooth functioning of the gutter system and protect your home from rain and meltwater. With that said, do not neglect preventive care; the gutters will serve you for a long time and remain in good condition. It is easy to forget about regular gutter maintenance, but this could cause more significant problems, such as blockages and flooding, so it is important to have regularly scheduled gutter cleanings at least twice a year. Additionally, it is beneficial to check the gutters after storms or high winds to see if they require cleaning. Property Refresh is here to help you take care of your draining system, protect it from clogging, and regularly perform maintenance to ensure long-lasting, high-quality service.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Regular checkups and maintenance are crucial and very beneficial in taking the best care of your home. Here are the top five fall home maintenance tips that will help you focus better on the tasks you need to do.

Window Washing Home Maintenance

Windows can become filthy throughout the year as pollen, dust, and debris of all shapes and sizes cling onto the glass and become ingrained in those little nooks and crannies. Give your windows a good cleaning, inside and out. While you do this, inspect them for damage. Drafty windows can make your heating bill higher. Make sure to check for air leaks in all of your windows. If you find any drafts, replace the window’s caulk and weatherstripping. As a homeowner, DIY projects are tackled regularly and often with great success. However, certain home maintenance chores are best left to the professionals, typically including window cleaning. Hiring professionals like Property Refresh means you get peace of mind knowing the job will be done safely and on time to ensure the best results.

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7 Home Maintenance Tasks For The Spring

Attention Chicago homeowners — spring is the season of the big clean and clear out. After all, we all know the expression “spring cleaning” for a reason! And while it can often be overwhelming time to do the chores you didn’t have time for in the colder months, a thorough clean is crucial to maintain your home.

If you’re looking to make your spring cleaning methods more manageable, here’s a checklist of 7 tasks you can start with now. Trust us; once you’ve written them down and tick them off one by one, it will feel so much more bearable!

Spring cleaning mode: Activated.

Window Washing

Window cleaning is annoying but essential. Not only is it necessary from the aesthetic angle but also regarding the hygiene and safety of your home. Dirt, dust, and grime will quickly build up when you don’t regularly wash your windows. 

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What Is Power Washing, and Why You Probably Need It?

You may have heard of power washing or siding cleaning, but most people don’t know what this cleaning method is and what it’s capable of. Power washing is the best way to clean dirty or stained surfaces and can make a huge difference to your property’s appearance in just one afternoon. 

Here’s what you need to know about power washing and why you probably need it for your property this year.

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The Complete Guide to House Maintenance in The Winter

What is Winterization?

Winterization is a process that is usually performed in late fall or early winter to make your house more energy-efficient. Winterization will undoubtedly save homeowners some money over the year by reducing heating and cooling costs. The winterization process protects your home from possible frozen pipes and costly repairs too. It will also help improve indoor air quality. 

A few things we recommend winterizing are insulation, windows, doors, and pipes.

There are many ways that homeowners can save money on their winter bills without resorting to costly measures such as installing solar panels or buying an expensive new heating system. One way they can do this is by winterizing their home before the cold weather sets in for the season.

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Ice Dams, What To Know and How To Prevent Them

One of the most dangerous threats to the safety of your home is backflow caused by ice dams. Water that should be running down your gutter pools on your roof. It can cause leaks and foundation damage. 

Not sure how to prevent ice dams? After all, you can’t stop nature from creating ice.

No, but you can stop the ice from creating a dam on your roof with some simple tips.

The guide details how to prevent ice dams and remove them once they settle.

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Tips on How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

Are you getting ready to sell your home? If so, experts recommend that you do several things to increase buyer interest in your home and help you receive top dollar. Following are some tips on how to prepare your home for selling from real estate experts.

Deep Clean from Top to Bottom

Dust and clean every room in your home, from floor to ceiling and every nook and cranny in between. Also, make sure all services shine- floors, counters, fixtures, and so on. Given the importance of deep cleaning, if you do not have time or the desire to deep clean your home, consider hiring a reputable professional cleaning service, such as Property refresh.

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Science Reveals How Home Clutter Impacts You

Science Reveals How Clutter Impacts You

How does home clutter impact you? Recent scientific research offers significant insight into this question. Over time, homeowners accumulate stuff that often turns unsightly cluttered. Some eventually grow accustomed to it. Others perpetually want to address it but never seem to find the time or desire to do it. However, based on numerous scientific research studies, it appears that decluttering your home is essential for actualizing numerous benefits, including optimal health.

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12 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Wash and Winterize Windows

Taking time to wash your windows, inside and out thoroughly, will help prepare them for winter weather. Also, before it gets too cold outside, dedicate a day to winterizing windows and doors. This will help to prevent energy-draining drafts. Window washing is a very important home maintenance task.

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Spring Home Maintenance: Home Cleaning, Window Washing, Pressure Wash, and Clean Out Gutters

Spring is the perfect time to tackle home maintenance. This includes deep home cleaning, window washing, pressure washing, and cleaning gutters. Completing these upkeep tasks helps protect your home’s value, appearance, and function while reducing future costly repairs.

Home Cleaning

Few things feel as good as a sparkling clean home.  Also, studies have shown that people with clean houses tend to be healthier, less stressed, more focused, sleep better, and happier. However, many homeowners live hectic lives and struggle to keep up with the basics: laundry, dishes, vacuuming, bed, etc. At least twice a year, which includes whipping down all services, including baseboards, ceilings, walls, appliances, cabinets, blinds, windows, and all nooks and crannies.  

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