Winter is coming. If you live in Calgary and you haven’t done it yet, it’s time to give your home a thorough cleaning before the snow and ice start falling. A lot of people think that winter weather means they don’t need to worry about pest control or other maintenance issues on their property, but this isn’t true at all! In fact, pressure washing your home before winter can save you from having to deal with even more problems later on down the line.
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So what are these benefits?
Pressure washing before winter
Pressure washing before winter is the best way to ensure that your home is ready for the season. A pressure cleaning will remove dirt and debris, preventing damage to your home. It can also help prevent mold and mildew from forming, which could lead to costly repairs down the road. And finally, by pressure washing before snow comes in, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing that when spring rolls around you won’t have any dirty spots on your roof or siding!
Pressure washing during winter is a different story altogether though: it’s harder than it would be during warmer months. The freezing temperatures make ice buildup more likely—and with icicles hanging from every corner of your house like antlers on Bambi’s head—you won’t want to risk doing any work at all! However if there’s one thing we know about ice icicles: they melt eventually and create a real hazard when they start falling.
The main problem you will have is the streaks left by water and cleaning solutions. While they can be cleaned, the process is much more intensive than in warmer weather.
Keeping your gutters clean
Since gutters are exposed to all of the elements, it’s important to keep them clean. If you don’t, leaves and other debris can accumulate in the gutters and cause them to clog up, which makes water drainage difficult or impossible. This can result in serious damage to your home.
If you have a home with gutters and downspouts—and who doesn’t?—then it’s best to have them cleaned on a regular basis by professionals so that they don’t get damaged by debris that gets caught up there.
Cleaning them before winter will prevent leaves and ice from completely clogging your gutters once the temperatures drop.
Cleaning the chimney
The chimney should be cleaned at least once a year. It may seem strange to clean the chimney before you start using it frequently, but cleaning the chimney before winter is a good idea because any debris that falls down will likely be trapped near the top where it can’t cause any damage.
You should especially do this if you did not get to it during spring and summer! This will prevent leaves and other debris from clogging the flue, which can cause smoke to back up into the room. If you don’t have a fireplace, it’s still important to keep your home’s air ducts clean so that warm air circulates properly through your HVAC system.
Testing carbon monoxide sensors
If you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home, it’s important to make sure they are working properly. Testing your carbon monoxide sensors is simple and can be done once a month.
Make sure to find the manual for the model you have in your home! This thing is designed to save lives, so make sure to follow instructions or you could be putting yourself and yourself in danger if you decide to “eyeball it”.
That’s it! The main takeaway here is that you should always be prepared for winter. If you take the time now to ensure your home is ready, then it will be easier to enjoy next season.