Clogged gutters damage to your home

Spring has sprung! It’s time to get outdoors and finally enjoy a bit of warmer weather after a long winter. As we begin the various seasonal chores, from fertilizing the lawn to breaking out the patio furniture, there’s one that can’t be missed. Spring gutter cleaning is essential because clogged gutters can cause serious (and expensive) damage to your home.

Why Do Gutters Get Clogged?

Twigs and leaves are the main causes of clogs in rain gutters. Even if your property doesn’t have any trees, this type of natural debris can collect and cause problems. Leaves, twigs of all sizes, and seed pods are deposited into gutters by wind, storms, birds, and even small animals. Birds and small animals can build nests in your gutters, creating a clog that stops the flow of water. If these nests and other debris aren’t removed, costly damage can occur.

Types of Damage from Clogged Gutters

The purpose of the gutter is to catch run-off water from the roof and funnel it into the downspout where it then flows away from house. Clogged gutters cause multiple problems.

  • When overloaded with debris, the extra weight can make the gutters pull away from the house, damaging soffits and fascia boards
  • Water that doesn’t divert away destroys landscaping and pools at the foundation, seeping into basements and crawl spaces
  • Water in basement and crawl spaces leads to mold and other issues
  • Pooled water also can be a factor in foundation damage, in particular cracks
  • Overflow from the clogged gutter runs down the side of the house and damages windows and siding, warping and rotting wood
  • Overflow also can cause water back-up under shingles leading to roof damage and water/moisture in the attic

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

On average, a home’s gutters need to be cleaned at least twice a year, usually in the fall and in the spring. When it’s time to change the clocks, it’s time to clean the gutters. However, if your property has many trees or it’s close to another lot that’s heavily wooded, it’s likely you’ll need gutter cleaning more than twice annually.

If your spring already is too booked with activities, chores, and other must-do items, it’s okay. United Window Cleaning has you covered for gutter cleaning. A professional gutter-cleaning service offers many advantages. Not only does it save you time, but it’ll keep you safe. Rely on the professionals and you don’t have to climb ladders or deal with any vermin that may be nesting in the gutters.

Professional gutter cleaning teams like United have the right equipment and are fully trained to get the job done right the first time. Don’t put off gutter cleaning. Contact United Window Cleaning today to schedule an appointment and you can cross this chore off your spring to-do list.

Window cleaning saves money

The care and maintenance of the commercial building exterior is essential to the overall well-being of a business. The outside look of any business creates the first (and often lasting) impression for customers, guests, and even prospective new employees arriving for interviews. Clean windows make a difference, and a positive impression. Regularly scheduled, professional window washing also has the potential to save your business money in the long-term.

How Ignoring Window Issues Leads to Long-term Damage

Water can be one of the most damaging forces to commercial windows. Hard water, water with a high mineral count, is common in cities and areas of industrialization and has the power to damage glass windows of all types. Hard water typically contains high concentrations of calcium and magnesium which can have negative effects on glass. Read more »

Why does commercial cleaning matterWinter has hit with a vengeance, dropping the polar vortex on a large part of the country including Cincinnati and our surrounding region. As business owners, it can be challenging to keep up with the extra chores a hard winter brings—from plowing out parking lots to shoveling walks and making sure icy areas are properly treated. Window cleaning is one task often lost in the shuffle of seasonal responsibilities. Overlooking commercial window cleaning can have a significant impact on your business. Working with professionals like United Window Cleaning offers multiple benefits that are invaluable.

Check out the top reasons why commercial window cleaning is essential for your business. Read more »

gutter with leavesGutter cleaning often ranks towards the bottom of the chore list. It’s a daunting task, from maneuvering and climbing the ladder to removing debris and checking for proper drainage. It’s easy to ignore the chores we dislike, but gutter cleaning is essential. Debris like leaves, seed pods, twigs, and nests collect in the gutter. If left, this debris creates clogs and the water can’t flow to the downspout and divert properly away from the home.

If you don’t clean your gutters, many different and costly problems can occur over time.

Roof Leaks

Avoiding the task long-term puts your home at risk for shingle damage and roof leaks that can lead to water damage on the interior in the attic, insulation, and behind walls. When debris is left to linger in the gutter, water can back up to the roof and cause costly damage. Read more »

house in winterWinter has hit, blowing in with freezing temperatures and the white stuff, but gutter maintenance shouldn’t be ignored during this season. Your home needs well-maintained gutters and downspouts year-round and in winter, it’s extremely important. Postponing gutter cleaning and maintenance until the warmer months can result in costly damage to the home’s roof, fascia, siding, foundation, and more.

Check for Issues

Some gutters simply need more attention, especially if there are many trees on or nearby the property. Fall gutter cleaning removes a significant portion of clogging debris, but late season leaf dropping can be a problem in early winter. Soggy leaves, seed pods, twigs, and other debris build up in the gutter and prevent water from flowing to the downspout. As the temperatures drop, water and debris freezes creating issues: Read more »

window cleaning in winterThe coldest days of the year typically mean less time spent outdoors, but there still are exterior chores that need to be done and that includes window cleaning. Winter window cleaning comes with its own set of challenges due to the colder temperatures and in our Cincinnati area, the likelihood of snow cover. The good news is that Cincinnati sees more than 2,500 hours of sunshine annually and there are more days with rain than snow. On average, we see about 14-inches of snow each year, so it’s possible to get outside even during the bitter cold days of January and get those windows clean.

Reasons Why Winter Window Cleaning Is Important

Dirt and grime accumulate on window glass year-round. In winter, there’s the added detriment of salt spray as well depending on the window’s location. Any debris that lands on windows can cause etching and damage to the glass which can lead to expensive repairs. Removing these particulates from the glass has many advantages. Clean windows brighten the inside of the home during the short days of winter and the natural light helps add cheer. More natural light also means less need for artificial light, helping to reduce energy consumption. Read more »

The changing colors of the leaves in autumn usher in more than just a new season. It’s a time for football, bonfires, and pumpkin spice everything. Fall also is the perfect time to take care of a few essential home chores, including window cleaning before the hectic days of the holiday season arrive.

At United Window Cleaning, we know that from the onset of autumn through the new year can be one of the busiest times of the year. That’s why we’ve put together this residential window cleaning checklist.

1. Vacuum/Dust Blinds and Shades

Window blinds and shades of all materials and styles collect dust regularly. Remove the dust and it helps cut down on allergens in the home, especially important during the colder months when you spend more time inside. A vacuum with extendable wand and soft brush attachment may work better than a dust rag. The vacuum will trap more dust than the rag and help keep it from wafting into the room. Read more »

clean windowsAs a homeowner, DIY projects are tackled regularly and often with great success. However, certain home maintenance chores are best left to the professionals and this typically includes window cleaning. Hiring professionals like United Window Cleaning means you get peace of mind knowing the job will be done safely, on-time, and with the right products to ensure the best results. The benefits of a professional window cleaner for your home are numerous.

Extends Life of Windows

Regular window cleaning helps prevent scratches and pitting from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can coat the glass. Dirt and dust easily collect on windows, etching into the glass and over time doing damage that can result in the need to replace the window. Keep those windows clean, and they can last longer. Read more »

house end of summerThe end of the summer is one of the best times to clean the gutters of your home or business. Addressing any potential issues before the fall and winter seasons is essential. Look to a professional team, like United Window Cleaning, for comprehensive gutter cleaning. When it’s time for gutter cleaning at the end of summer, certain issues must be addressed.

Check for and Remove Nests
It’s not uncommon for birds and other small critters to build nests in gutters. These nests create a dam, causing problems when it rains. The nest blocks the water from flowing to the downspout and away from the house. Instead, water backs up and runs over the side of the gutter and down the house. In a heavy rainstorm, this excess of water near the home’s foundation can seep into the basement or crawlspace causing water damage. Nests also can force water to back up under shingles, creating issues in the attic. Read more »

United Window Cleaning now has openings for a Window Cleaning Specialist and a Gutter Cleaning Specialist. This is an opportunity to become a team member with one of Cincinnati’s oldest family businesses. It’s a chance to work with an established company that provides high-quality service to the Greater Cincinnati region and have access to the state-of-the art equipment and products that make United Window Cleaning stand out in the crowd.

Founded in 1919 by Leroy E. Reinshagen, United Window Cleaning is still a Reinshagen family business in its fourth generation. Currently led by Leroy’s great-grandson, R. Douglas Reinshagen, United Window Cleaning holds true to its almost-100 year core purpose:

“To provide quality window cleaning services at an affordable price, using the most up-to-date technology.” Read more »