Preventing Condensation, Stopping Drafts and Other Challenges With Windows

Windows are the eyes to a house's soul – if your windows are big and beautiful so too is your home, but they can also include a range of challenges as well. With sub par windows, you can look forward to a drafty home with high heating bills. Similarly, there are also moisture issues – for example, if you don't seal the space between your double panes securely enough, you will get a build up of condensation. Having lived in old houses and having helped choose the windows for new houses, I'm familiar with a range of challenges associated with windows. If you want tips and ideas, you've come to the right spot. Please, explore and enjoy.

Three Ways To Avoid Problems And Accidents While Cleaning Your Gutters


Gutter cleaning is supposed to be a semi-annual chore, although some people do it more frequently or even less frequently. With such a regular activity, it's important that you establish a routine and especially proper technique so that you don't accidentally create a need for gutter repair roof repair (or face danger yourself) during one of these gutter cleaning expeditions. Here are three ways to avoid accidentally causing a problem while gutter cleaning.

1. Only spray downward with the hose

Whether you have an asphalt shingle roof or a metal roof such as a standing seam roof, getting water up underneath it is not such a good idea. In fact, spraying up towards the roof with your hose can either get water underneath the eaves or force water under the roofing panels or shingles themselves, both of which are potentially very bad because they can cause water damage to the contents of your house.

2. Be sure to use personal protective equipment

Protecting your eyes with goggles is especially important if you're going to be doing most of your gutter cleaning from the ground. Otherwise, gravity will pull debris down towards your face and eyes, which can be both very painful and potentially cause injury. You also need to use gloves, because gutter shards and sharp edges can cause some very painful injuries as well.

3. Only use ladders in optimum conditions

Many people use a ladder to access their gutters, although there are also other ways (such as by standing on the ground and using long attachments to reach up into the gutter). If you're going to access your gutters from the roof or from a ladder, then you need to be extremely careful about your ladder usage. Not only do you need to wait for a clear, dry day, but you also need to make sure that your ladder is in good working condition and you have a very stable, level place to set it and an assistant to hold the ladder for you while you are climbing it.

Taking safety measures like these can help you avoid very serious injuries that can otherwise result from falling off of the ladder or off of the roof. You also need to wear good shoes that provide plenty of traction and grip the surface that you're standing or walking on. Take these three precautions and you will be able to more safely clean your gutters with less chance of damaging your gutters or your roof and less chance of injuring yourself.  


27 May 2017