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    The Importance of Keeping Your Gutters Clean

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If your philosophy when it comes to gutters is “out of sight, out of mind,” then you may be shocked to learn that ignoring these important features could result in major problems throughout the home. When gutters are clogged, water cannot properly drain and therefore finds its way into the home's foundation as well as inside the home through crevices exposed by corroded flashing. Homes with wood siding on the exterior are especially vulnerable to damage from clogged gutters, since the material can warp and rot if it is exposed to too much moisture.

    As you will learn in this video, the best times of year to clean your gutters are during the fall as well as at the end of spring. Following this schedule will ensure that common culprits such as ice and leaves won't dam up the gutters and lead to leaks.

    Now is the perfect time to clean out your gutters, since spring and summer are lingering right around the corner. To schedule a gutter cleaning service with Crystal Clear Window Washing, call (773) 649-4642.

    Dangers of Ignoring Your Home's Gutters

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you're like most homeowners, then gutter cleaning may not always be at the top of your list of home repairs to address throughout the year. Unfortunately, failing to keep these important outdoor devices neat and tidy from time to time could wind up costing you a lot of money in home repairs. Here are just a few of the dangers of ignoring your home's gutters.

    Ice Dams
    As a Chicago area resident, you know just how damaging a cold winter can be on your home. One way to minimize the damage before the season even gets underway is to have your gutters cleaned out to prevent ice dams from forming on top of clogged debris. Once the ice thaws during spring, water can leak into the roof and attic, causing major structural damage.

    Soiled Foundation
    Gutters that have become clogged with leaves and other debris are not able to properly distribute water into downspouts and away from the home's foundation. Instead, they force water downwards directly onto the foundation wall, which can lead to major cracking within the wall as well as mold growth and rot along its surrounding fascia.

    Pest Infestation
    There are few problems more frustrating than an outbreak of pests around the home. Gutter cleaning services eliminate twigs, leaves, and other materials that pests love to use as both shelter and a food source. Removing moisture and debris from your gutters is one of the most effective steps you can take to keep your home bug-free.

    Fire Hazard
    Dirty gutters can also leave your home vulnerable to fire, since dry matter that has accumulated within them acts as perfect tinder for a nearby flame. To prevent your home from going up in flames should a neighbor's home experience a fire, contact your gutter cleaning team to rid the system of dried-out debris.

    Here at Crystal Clear Window Washing, we specialize in gutter cleaning for both commercial and residential properties. Within one short service, we can effectively remove every last twig from your gutters to ensure that they pose no major risk to the integrity of your home. To learn more about our manual gutter cleaning method, call us at (773) 649-4642.

    Learn About Exterior Paint Prep And Find Out More About Cleaning Air Conditioner Condensers

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Crystal Clear Window Washing is proud to provide residential and commercial window cleaning and power washing, gutter cleaning, air duct cleaning, and interior and exterior painting services to the greater Chicago area. Click on the links below to learn even more about the steps involved in painting a building’s exterior and cleaning air conditioner condensers.

    Find out how your painters will prepare your exterior residential or commercial walls with this guide from TLC.

    Is it time to have your air ducts cleaned? Find out with this EPA article.

    Check out this HGTV article to learn how to select the right paint finish.

    Find out how your air conditioner condenser keeps your home cool with this article from HowStuffWorks.com.

    You can learn more about how a residential air conditioner works with these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    Whether you live in Naperville, Northbrook, Western Springs, or Hinsdale, Crystal Clear Window Washing provides unmatched service at competitive prices. Our experienced professionals are committed to leaving no customer unsatisfied. Call us at (773) 649-4642 to find out more about our services.

    Why Air Conditioner Condenser Cleaning is Key to Preparing Your Home or Business for Summer

    Last updated 1 year ago

    A central air conditioner is comprised of two components: the inside evaporator and the outside condenser. Keeping your condenser clean and free of corrosion and debris will help ensure that your entire unit operates efficiently year-round and will also help you spot any problems before they lead to a major repair. Here is why air conditioner condenser cleaning will keep you cool this summer.

    Why Clean an Air Conditioner?
    The first thing you should know is that your air conditioner is likely connected to your home furnace. That means that the same motor, blower, and ductwork used to heat your house are also used to cool it. The air conditioner is comprised of an outside condenser and inside evaporator coils. If your house isn’t properly cooling, your first step should be to make sure the condenser is free of dirt and grime and that the evaporator has not been corroded.

    How is the Condenser Cleaned?
    An air conditioner condenser is comprised of a fan that moves air across a coil to cool warm air. Because the condenser is located outside, lawn mowing debris, airborne dust, and leaves can easily build up in the fan. Both the fan and the coil must be cleaned. First, the power is shut off. The coil is then flushed clean, and a soft brush and special cleaner are used to remove dirt from the fan.

    What Happens if Debris Builds Up?
    When dirt and debris build up on your condenser’s cooling fins, your residential or commercial cooling costs can skyrocket. If the build-up is severe, air flow may be seriously reduced. When the cooling fins face significant blockage, the compressor may overheat and simply stop functioning.

    The air conditioner and window cleaning specialists at Crystal Clear Window Washing take pride in our work, and we are proud to have more than 10,000 satisfied Naperville and Chicagoland clients. Whether you need home and commercial power cleaning, gutter or air duct cleaning, or window washing, call us at (773) 649-4642 to learn about our competitive prices.

    A Homeowner's Guide to Professional Air Duct Cleaning

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you are like many homeowners, you may be a little bit confused about professional air duct cleaning. Watch this video from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association to educate yourself about what you can expect.

    Your home’s air ducts may become contaminated with dust, pollen, or mold. In the air duct cleaning process, a professional will first use brushes or compressed air to agitate loose contaminants. Next, your air duct cleaner will collect and remove the loose dirt and contaminants with a large vacuum. 

    Do you live in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Western Springs, or Hinsdale? Call Crystal Clear Window Washing today at (773) 649-4642 to keep the residents of your home breathing easy. Our team offers a wide range of services, including window washing, power washing, and gutter cleaning, to prepare your home for the spring season.

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