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Gutter Guards Require Annual Maintenance

The first rains have come for the season and your gutters are overflowing. You need gutter cleaning.

Some promote Gutter Guards to keep your gutters clean. Gutter guards are heavily promoted at home shows with fancy demos of pure water flowing into the gutter guard while the leaves magically float over and to the ground. The debate of adding gutter guards or leaving the gutters open has valid points on both sides. In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of gutter guards. I will also discuss the dangers of clogged gutters and the importance of ensuring that your gutters are clean and flowing freely when the rains hit.
I went to a house to clean the gutters. It looked like a simple job at first glance. The owner had installed gutter guards. There were visible leaves resting in the roof valleys and on the gutters. When I took a closer look from the top I could see that the gutters were full of debris. In this case, the leaves were not getting in but all of the small sticks an…

Clogged Gutters Cost You More Than Regularly Cleaning Gutters

Every house has them. They keep the rainwater from sliding off your roof (and landing onto your head) by catching it and diverting it into downspouts so the water can drain away from your home.

But besides water...gutters catch everything else. Leaves, pine needles, acorns, dirt - anything that falls on your roof and is affected by gravity. Most people wait until they can see the clogged debris to worry about cleaning their gutters but this could actually be causing your home more damage!

Clogged Gutters can cause water overflow
This can lead to leaky basements and can damage foundations because the water puddles in un-intended areas.Gutters and downspouts are installed to guide rainwater and melting snow away from your home’s foundation walls. The expansion and contraction cycle of the soil that surrounds your home can ruin your foundation. Heavy rain and dry spells compromise your home foundation support leading to cracked walls and masonry as well as sticking doors and windows.


FAQs for Lighthouse Window Cleaning

Q. How high can Lighthouse Window Cleaning reach?
A. I have a 24 foot ladder which accommodates most second story windows. I also use a 15 foot extension pole for harder to reach windows.

Q. What is included in a basic window cleaning job?
A. A Squeegee is used on all windows inside and out. Frames are wiped down and loose debris is removed from tracks. Screens are removed and brushed clean.

Q. How much does Lighthouse Window Cleaning charge for homes?
A. Prices vary based on amount of ladder work, size and shape of windows and degree of dirt. A general price is roughly $100 per 1000 foot of home. A 2000 foot home would be roughly $200.

Who is Lighthouse Window Cleaning

Our History

 Established in 1996

 I became a business owner after college managing and owning restaurants. I always envied the window cleaner as they sped through transforming my establishments. The freedom and autonomy was taunting me.

 Lighthouse Window Cleaning is Founded in faith by John Shanahan in 1996. I started cleaning windows as a side job and later found it was providing a living for me and my family.

 I personally am present at all jobs. My children, Joseph, Michaela and Andrew support me on the jobs. My wife Teresa helps run the business.

 I have built my business on hard work, integrity, and service. I now proudly serve hundreds of home owners, and businesses in Placer county, Nevada County, Sacramento County and Eldorado County.

Want to talk to the owner directily, click HERE for Lighthouse Window Cleaning

How to Safely use an Extension Ladder

Follow these three steps for a safe trip up (and down) an extension ladder.

1. Establish a solid footing- Feet should be on a firm level surface. Placing a ladder on a slanted surface can result in the ladder sliding out as you ascend.
 Look for a flat area such as a patio or driveway. Sweep away gravel or loose dirt. If you are setting up your ladder in dirt, be sure that the soil is packed and there are no hollow areas beneath. Never place a ladder on a rug. The rug will begin to slide as you move up the ladder.

2. Establish a safe angle-A good rule to establish a safe angle is to stand with your toes touching the feet of the ladder. Stand tall and reach out your arms. At shoulder height you should be able to grasp a rung at arms length. A ladder that is set too close to the wall is in danger of falling backward as you ascend. A ladder that is set at too much angle is at risk of slipping out at the feet as you ascend.

Lighthouse Window Cleaning Testimonials

by interiorsunlimitedauburnca 02/09/2011

We were very pleased as were our clients about John's work. He arrived promptly on time. We walked him through what was required and he got right into the job and continued until completion.

His attention to detail was also notable. We are professional designers and when doing commercial projects when the windows need cleaning at the end of the project we would not hesitate in using John again and will certainly recommend him to others.

We would recommend him for any window cleaning project where a good professional job is needed. Well done!

Hard to Remove Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains; a major eyesore on glass.They can also be difficult to remove. Below are two options.

For mild cases, try using vinegar,pure lemon juice and baking soda.

1. spray lemon juice directly onto stains and let set for couple minutes

2. mix vinegar and lemon juice in equal parts then add the baking soda to your solution until you get a consistency similar to that of soft scrub.

How to Clean a Neon Sign

Have you ever noticed how many “Open” signs flash in neon to draw attention to dust, bugs, webs, grease and mold? This is not exactly the message intended ,leaving the patron to wonder what condition the kitchen is in………………
Cleaning a Neon sign takes time patience, finesse and a few basic tools/utensils to get the job done right.
Here’s some cleaning suggestions and methods:

Most signs are supported from the window frame with a chain link and “S” hooks. Often the “S” hooks are open and can fall off when taking the sign down. Keep a close eye on them to avoid a later trip to the hardware store.
Always hold the sign by the metal or acrylic frame. Never lift the sign holding the neon tube. It will definitely brake.
Find a flat surface with no traffic and lay the sign facing up.

How Do I Know When to Clean My Roof Gutters???

Three signs that your roof gutters need cleaning
If you are like most people you have been enjoying the clear skies of a late winter. Now that we have had our first strong rain you may have noticed that your gutters are not working as they should.

1.Do you have water spilling over the rim of the gutter?
2.Do you notice erosion below your gutters and down spouts?

        3.Is water running down the outside of your downspouts?

Five reasons to clean your Roof gutters before the next rain
Most of these symptoms are an easy fix. Failure to correct clogged gutters and downspouts can cause substantial damage to your home and landscape.
1.Standing water in your gutters will cause rust do erode the metal and joints.
2.The consistent weight of a full gutter will add stress to the roof and gutter attachment.
3.Gutters full with water will cause water to come in contact with the wood beneath the shingles. Water can wick up forming dry rot under the shingles.
4.Dark stains will form on the outside of the …