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Is gutter cleaning on your weekend to do list?

You have spent all week at work and you have worked hard.  The weekend comes and you are dreaming about sleeping in, maybe a round of golf or a long bushwalk.  Maybe you want to catch up with friends or you are simply the taxi and cheer squad to your kids sport.  But then….. the to do list comes out!

What should be a weekend of fun, rest and relaxation and time OFF work, you start to write a list of all the things you need to do around the house from mowing the lawn, fixing the mailbox, cleaning the windows or fixing those squeaky doors AND cleaning out the gutters.

Now let’s get serious about this.  It isn’t just a matter of time when it comes to cleaning out your gutters, it is really a matter of safety.

Sure there are many DIY activities you can do around your home on the weekend, but gutter cleaning shouldn’t be one of them.  Standing on top of a ladder, that may or may not be secured property, then leaning out to the side of that ladder to reach out and clean out the muck in your gutters by hand (that will be messy by the way) is an absolute recipe for disaster and that disaster is a fall off the ladder. 

What appeared to be a simple weekend DIY job could actually end up being a mistake that you can’t take back. 

So this weekend, instead of adding yet another thing to your to do list, why not give us a call on 1300 654 253 and speak to your local Gutter-Vac franchisee to obtain a free quote and then spend the weekend doing something you would much rather like to be doing – from golf to walking to simply sleeping – and save  yourself the time and potential disaster of a fall from a ladder and let us take care of your gutters. 

7 Spring Maintenance To Dos

Well spring is here and we all know that ‘Spring Clean’ fever has arrived.  When maintaining your home – your greatest asset – spring should trigger that it is time to carry out some essential, but only once a year, maintenance items.  Here’s our list of must do spring maintenance items to add to your to do list.

  1. Check your clothes dryer vents and remove any build-up of lint

We all know the dryer gets a workout over winter, but did you know that if the vents are blocked or there is a build-up of lint, that this is a potential fire hazard.

With the start of spring, this is a good time to ensure you have checked and cleaned the vents and removed any lint for the continued safe working of your dryer.

2. Check seals around windows and doors

Another one for the list after winter and winter’s harsh weather conditions, go around and check all the seals and caulking around windows and doors – both internal and external doors. 

Look for cracks or splits and replace as required.  This will not only keep your home water tight, but will also help to keep your house warm or cool depending on the season. 

3. Heaters and Chimneys and Flues

Because we use our heaters and fires mainly during the winter months, this is something you should really check twice a year, not just once.  You may only have your chimney or flue cleaned once a year, but it is worth the effort to have them checked twice a year.

Some people prefer to have them cleaned in autumn prior to winter, whilst other people will have them cleaned after winter and checked just prior to the next winter.

Don’t only check your chimney and flues, make sure you clean our the fire box and check it for wood burning heaters or fireplaces and then for electric or gas heaters, have them serviced and checked for wiring, leaks and general working order.

4. Air Conditioner

Spring is the perfect time to have your air conditioner cleaned and serviced in preparation for those summer months where the cool air from your air conditioner will not only keep you cool physically, but maybe also keep ‘the cool’ in your home life!  We all know what a hot day with no air conditioning can do to the mood of your family!

Make sure you have a professional check and clean your air conditioner.  Never try and do this yourself because if there are any issues – especially electrical – with your air conditioner, then this is not something to tackle yourself, it simply isn’t worth the risk.

5. Fertilise your lawn

We often think of our gardens in spring, but we often forget our lawns.  Now is the time to grab the fertiliser for our lawns to keep them healthy and lush coming into the summer months.  Spring is a great time to make sure your lawn is happy and health.

6. Check your roof

Now, this is not a DIY task, but spring is the perfect time to have your roof inspected to ensure there are no missing, loose or broken tiles.  Are there any leaks or spots of rust on your roof?  Missing screws or loose sheets if a tin roof?  Do you have mould, moss or lichen growing on your roof?

Spring is a great time for a roof inspection, but certainly not a DIY task.

7. Spring clean the exterior of your home

This list wouldn’t be complete with all those spring cleaning items that we all know we should be doing, but maybe are not as diligent as we should be. 

Spring is a great time to have your windows cleaned, a house wash, pressure clean paths and driveways, clean your external doors, clean your roof, clean your fences and of course, we would be crazy if we didn’t remind you to have your gutters cleaned, right?

Spring is the perfect time to give your home the once over after the harsh weather elements of winter and to get your home ready for summer.  We all have our cars serviced at least once a year, so think that spring brings a time to give your home a general service to ensure it is well maintained, protected from the elements and will keep your home in top condition to maintain (if not improve) its value over the years.

Happy Spring Clean !