Top 5 Reasons To Clean Your Gutters

Clean the gutters?…I’ll do that later…

For several years now we have offered gutter cleaning services to folks in Southern Illinois. During this time I’ve seen everything from saplings growing like weeds to multiple deceased birds lodged in the downspout (yeah, that was gross).

Cleaning your gutters is not a fun project. It’s a messy, smelly job that can be dangerous if you’re not comfortable climbing ladders or walking a roof edge. Over the years I have cut my hands and fingers many times on the aluminum edges of gutters.

So why is Gutter Cleaning So Important? Here are 5 reasons you should clean your gutters.

  1. Clogged gutters will cause a leaky roof. I’ve seen gutters so clogged that water actually gets backed up onto the roof and in winter this can cause ice dams. Water that sits on top of shingles and in roof valleys will eventually make its way through causing roof rot which leads to leaks.
  2. Interior damage. Clogged gutters will eventually cause interior damage. You’ll be lucky if it’s just a water stain on the ceiling that you have to repaint. The water damage could be centered over a wall which will need a lot more repair than just painting since it could go unnoticed for a long time. Wall studs could rot or start to mold causing serious damage.
  3. Mosquitoes! Gutters with standing water in them are an open invitation to mosquitoes to breed and multiply! I can’t emphasize this enough. If you get eaten alive by mosquitoes every time you walk out on your deck and you don’t know why, clean your gutters.
  4. Damaged fascia. “What’s fascia?” Fascia is the board that is mounted just below your roof line around the perimeter of your house. Gutters are mounted directly to fascia boards. When gutters are clogged they will overflow. This overflow constantly spilling water over your wood fascia boards will eventually cause the boards to rot. If your fascia deteriorates too much pests can make their way through the board, giving them direct access to your attic! (I’ve seen it happen.)
  5. Foundation damage. This is the big one. Pay attention. If rainwater falling off your roof is not directed away from your house properly by gutters and downspouts, it saturates the ground all around the foundation of your home. Why does this matter? Excessive ground moisture can cause your foundation to shift and settle continuously. At the very least this could be the cause of stress fractures in your drywall. In the worst case scenarios, which happen very often, concrete slabs crack and basement walls leak.

What do all 5 of these reasons to clean your gutter have in common? They can cause you thousands of dollars in damage to your home! (or 8 months of mosquito bites, which might be worse..) Moral of the story is: Clean your gutters often. It’s not the most appealing job on your honey-do list, but it may be the most important.

Want someone else to do the dirty work? We would be happy to!

Call us to today to schedule a gutter cleaning!

How often should I have my house washed?

The answer to this question can vary quite a bit depending on weather, location and your personal preference.

Washing mold off vinyl siding
Here in Southern Illinois humidity is an ongoing issue. High humidity fosters mold and mildew growth. Nearby water sources such as lakes, ponds and even low lying areas in your yard with poor drainage cause extra humidity to surround your home.

You will also notice that the north side of your home will tend to grow mold and mildew quicker than the other sides. This is because the north side gets the least amount of sunshine and therefore stays wet longer. Without sunshine to dry out the siding and the ground around it, mold and mildew will prosper.
Washing Mildew on a log cabin

Lastly, it comes down to how clean you want to keep your home. Some people may not care about the green color of their white siding. They may let it go for years without having it washed. But what you must consider is that mold tends to spread and it will spread to areas that might not be visible to the naked eye. It could spread underneath your vinyl siding to cause serious and costly damage. If the growth is on painted surfaces then the mold will slowly break down the paint and it will be needed to be painted again sooner. This will cost a lot more than having it washed!

Log cabin mildew wash

Most of our customers have their houses washed every two years but some may need it sooner. If you wait too long you could end up costing yourself thousands of dollars in costly mold removal or painting repairs in the future.

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Painting and House Washing Before and After Pictures

It’s been a busy summer! I’ve lost track of how many happy customers we’ve made after either washing or painting their houses. So many great projects completed and so many more to go!

 This house had a few height challenges and a lot of mold growing on the vinyl siding. 

 And now it looks like new!
   This house has redwood siding that had accumulated a lot of staining over the years. 

After using the right solution, some careful pressure washing brought out the beautiful, natural wood grain colors. 
   This business wanted an updated color scheme for their building. 

  What a difference!

 A lighter tone for the stairwell really brightened up the area. Plus we fixed all the nail pops and wall dings leaving these walls looking brand new. 

  And THIS is a small example of the difference you get when you call us for your interior paint projects. Painting precision is one of the many things we take pride in!

Call us today to schedule a free estimate! 6185253406

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Vinyl Siding Cleaning in Southern Illinois

We have washed so many houses in the past few months, it’s crazy! The word has spread! If you want your house washed, and you want it washed right, call us!

The results speak for themselves. But what is even more important is the way we get houses so clean!

We don’t just spray houses with soap and high pressure to blast the filth away. Using high pressure on the side of your home is very dangerous and very costly when water damage occurs. 

Instead, we scrub all houses with soft bristle brushes to loosen dirt, mold and mildew so that it can be easily washed away using a low pressure rinse. 

Nobody around here washed houses like we do! Scrubbing the whole house is obviously the hard way to do it, but it’s also the right way.

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House Exterior Washing in Carbondale, IL

Another big house wash was completed in Carbondale, IL. In the picture above you can see how far away we keep the pressure washer wand when rinsing the siding.

We never use high pressure to was the exterior of a home. The possibility of long term water damage is increased by those who use pressure to remove mold and mildew from siding. 

We always scrub the siding, soffits and gutters for all of our house wash projects, using soft bristle brushes and extension poles. This way, we can easily rinse away all the filth without putting your home in harms way. 

If you would like your house to be washed the safe way, call us today to schedule a free estimate.  

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Deck Washing in Carterville, IL

We will restore your old wood decks and wood siding!

Pressure washing wooden decks can be risky if you don’t have much experience. Using just the right amount of pressure is hard to do unless you’ve done it many, many times before. Too much pressure will damage the wood and too little pressure won’t properly remove the stains. 

Old weathered, gray and alge covered decks can be brought back to life with the right solutions, the right tools and a little know-how. 

We use Deck Bright when we clean open grain decks. This 100%-biodegradable, oxygen-activated powder concentrate foams up, clings to vertical surfaces and lifts dirt to the surface. It is the safest, “greenest” product for cleaning outdoor wood – non-toxic, non-acidic, chlorine-free! It will restore UV-grayed, dirty, mildew-stained wood surface to a bright, like-new appearance.


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Concrete Driveway Cleaning in Carterville, IL

Just look at these results! Years of dirt and algae buildup were washed away leaving behind concrete that looks like new!

Don’t let those dark stains sit there for another year, they could become permanent! Call us today to schedule a free pressure washing estimate. 6185253406

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House Wash in Christopher, IL

Another dirty house was cleaned up and made to look like new! Today’s house wash project was in Christopher, Illinois. 

Just like all of our house washes, we scrubbed the entire house from top to bottom. We scrubbed all of the gutters, soffit and siding with soft-bristle brushes so we could safely rinse away the grime without using any high pressure on the home. 

Does your dirty house need a good scrubbing? Give us a call today for a free estimate!

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Pressure Washing Pool Decks in Herrin, IL

Summer is right around the corner! It’s time for some serious pool-side relaxation!  
  Who could relax when their pool deck is this dirty? 

Our commercial-grade pressure washing surface cleaners will clean your concrete pool decks evenly and completely!

Washing large areas of concrete with a traditional pressure washing wand will leave it with a “stripey”, unfinished look. 

If you have a pool deck, driveway or sidewalk that needs cleaning, call us today for a free estimate. 6185253406

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