Five Home Maintenance Tasks to Leave to the Professionals

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Do-it-yourself or DIY home maintenance tasks can save you money, but not every chore is appropriate for homeowners. Here are five tasks that should be left to the professionals if possible.

1. Duct Cleaning

Professionals usually recommend tackling this home task every three to five years. While you can theoretically clean ducts, you’ll need to rent a duct cleaner. However, a better bet is to call a technician who can bring the right equipment for the job.

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Why You Should Invest in Proper Gutter Maintenance

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You may have heard that your gutters should be cleaned twice a year, but do you know why? Cleaning your gutters regularly removes leaves and debris to deliver these three benefits.

1. Protect Your Roof

Servicing the gutters may extend the life of your roof. While gutters aren’t the only factor in determining how long a roof lasts, neglecting the gutters will shorten the lifespan of your roof. Since replacing a roof is a major cost, it makes sense to do what you can to save money.

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Home Maintenance Tasks to Prep for the Summer

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With summer upon us, it’s time to clean your home and catch up on seasonal maintenance tasks. Use this checklist to keep up with needed tasks that will prepare your home for summer and help you and your family enjoy the season.

1. Service your AC units

The air conditioner is going to run full steam during the summer, but is the air it’s circulating in your home clean? The best way to ensure that your AC is in good condition and to preserve indoor air quality to have your units serviced. This will remove dust from the unit to protect air quality, while also helping your AC operate efficiently, which saves money.

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Popular Rain Gutters for You to Consider

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Gutters direct water away from the home, preventing water damage to the roof and foundation. Learn how to tell if you need gutters, then review popular gutter styles.

When a House Needs Gutters

If you live near Cincinnati, your home probably needs gutters. Homes in temperate climates where the roof only has a short overhang tend to need gutters because water remains in proximity with the home for longer than in arid climates, where it evaporates quickly. If your house is surrounded by concrete, you can skip the gutter, as concrete protects the foundation, but if you have a lawn, we wouldn’t recommend it.

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Why Should You Clean Gutters in the Spring?

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Spring is here, which means that it’s time to clean gutters. If you’re unsure why gutter cleaning is so important to spring home maintenance, let us tell you.

Why Cincinnati Homeowners Need Spring Gutter Cleaning

Cincinnati has seasonal climates: snowy winters, rainy springs, hot summers, and autumns where leaves shed (often clogging those very same gutters, which we recommend you clean in fall as well).
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Three Tips to Guard Against Basement Flooding

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Basement flooding can cause significant structural damage to your home, lead to mold or mildew problems in the house, and ruin your valuable belongings. Learn the best ways to prevent your basement from flooding to protect your family’s home and health.

Clean Gutters

Your gutters should be cleaned in the spring and the fall. If you bypass recommended cleaning, your basement could end up flooding. When gutters are clogged, rainwater cannot reach the downspouts. Instead, it will end up spilling over the flooded gutters and saturating the ground near the foundation. If the soil becomes saturated, water could seep in through cracks in the foundation and wet the basement. […]

Do Falling Leaves Damage Gutters?

Fall weather is here, and that means leaves are falling all over the Cincinnati area. Whether your home has maples, oaks, hickories, or elms, falling leaves wind up all over the roof and gutter system. As they fall, you might be wondering if those leaves damage gutters.

Discoloration From Falling Leaves

High winds and heavy rains naturally wash leaves off branches and onto the roofing system. As the leaves decay, that dark brown color can actually wash off onto your roof and gutters, causing discoloration. Once in the gutter, those leaves act like tea leaves: they discolor the rain water and create a tannic stain. The discoloration is difficult to remove from the gutters. The best way to prevent discoloration is to […]

Signs It’s Time for a Gutter Replacement

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Gutters are your home’s first line of defense against water damage. When gutters themselves become damaged, they cannot do their job, leaving your home at risk of water damage. Read on to learn common warning signs it’s time for a gutter replacement.

Gutters have cracks or holes

Gutters develop holes or cracks as they age, often at the seams where the material is connected. You’ll know that your gutters have […]

Spring Clean Your Gutters

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Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to clean your gutters. Here’s what we recommend for spring roof and gutter maintenance.

Clean Gutters

Al through fall and winter, branches and leaves can fall into the gutter, blocking the ability of your gutters to do their job. Now is the time to clean them out, so that your gutters can operate efficiently during spring rains. If you neglect this step, your gutters could […]

How Do I Choose the Right Contractor?

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One of the most important decisions you will make is selecting a contractor for home repair projects. Since most roofing systems last 20 years or more, homeowners may not need a roofer as often as they’d need a plumber, so they may not have someone in mind when the roof develops a problem. Here’s how we recommend approaching the search for a roofing contractor.

Do Your Research

Even if you haven’t used a roofer, odds are someone you know has. Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations. Social media apps such as Nextdoor or Facebook allow you to ask for recommendations, so those are good places to try.

Look for Red Flags

We’ve all heard stories of the roofing company that blew into town on the coattails of a big storm, offering cheap roofing work only to skip out once they were paid without doing the work. Be on the lookout for red flags when […]