Roof and Gutter Maintenance
Mold and mildew are sometimes an issue on our roofs. It is humid here in Virginia Beach That means routine annual maintenance is important to keep the roof in tip top shape. You can hire someone to do the job for you if you are leery of heights, ladders and such. A few hardy do-it-yourselfers will climb that ladder and clean the roof themselves. Talk to the experts at your local hardware store. They can give you an idea of the right kind of solution to use to kill the mildew.
The gutters should be cleaned out twice a year. The best way to tackle the job is to use work gloves. Remove the built up leaves and gunk by hand. Save what you remove to add to your compost pile. After the heavy debris is gone, use a hose to rinse out what remains. If there is a clog in the downspout, you may have to use a plumber’s auger to loosen it. Then the water will run freely. Remember, any time you are on the roof, to be aware of power cables. Also do not stand on the roof. The shingles can be very slippery when wet.
Maintaining Vinyl Siding
Dirt and grime collect on vinyl siding, so you should clean it at least once a year. If the dirt is not too heavy, then spraying the siding down with a garden hose with a spray attachment should do the job. If there is a build up or you have mildew on the siding, check with your local paint store for an appropriate cleaner. This can be applied using an attachment to the hose, or perhaps a soft bristle brush. If the soil is very heavy, you may want to rent a pressure washer. Remember to set the pressure low so as not to damage the siding.
Once your roof and siding are all clean, it will make your yard look better. It will increase curb appeal and make your home the envy of the neighborhood. I’m sure you will be exhausted after such physical activity. If you don’t have any energy left for indoor housecleaning, call Custom Maid at 499-8568 and we will be glad to lend a hand!