5 Things to Check Before Hiring a Window Cleaner

Could your windows use a little sprucing up? Window cleaning is one of those chores that easily moves to the bottom of the “To Do” list weekend after weekend. And yet, once they’re finished, you’ll be amazed at the difference clean windows make in terms of your home’s curb appeal and improving the interior views of the outside world. Clean windows also enhance your home’s natural lighting.

All of the above make it worthwhile to invest a little time in hiring the right window cleaning company – one that is reliable, shows up on time and can be counted on season after season, and year after year.

Complete These Items Before Hiring a Window Cleaning Service

Hiring the right company requires a few different phone calls and a small question/answer question. It will be more than worth your while and, in most cases, you’ll hire a window cleaning company who offers other odd job services your household can benefit from.

Here are some questions to start with:

  1. What do you do to ensure the safety of your employees? Ladder accidents are one of the leading causes of injury for window cleaners, so you want to hear that the owner or manager provides regular climbing and ladder safety education/training to company employees. Upper stories and hard-to-reach windows may require workers to access the roof, which entails tie-downs or the use of lifts, which add an added layer of safety precautions to the mix.

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    What Questions Should I ask Before Hiring a Window Cleaner
  2. Do you clean blinds? Most companies will clean your blinds for an additional fee. It’s worth paying it if you can afford it. If the fee for cleaning blinds is outside of your budget, clean the blinds beforehand or all that dust and grime can shake off, marring freshly cleaned windows.
  3. How much extra is it to clean screens? Some companies include screen cleaning in their service fee because clean screens keep windows clean for longer. However, others charge a nominal extra price that is well worth it since accessing screens, cleaning them and reinstalling them is much easier to do with the proper equipment, and at the same time as the windows are being cleaned.
  4. Do you have references? Experienced window cleaning companies should have a long list of references, both residential and commercial, that they are ready to hand over. Then, take the time to contact several of the references to verify they’re valid, find out how long they’ve used the service and to answer other pertinent questions regarding timeliness, invoicing and billing, whether estimates were comparable with the final price, the trustworthiness of the employees, etc.
  5. What other services, if any, do you offer? Because of the equipment required to wash windows, it makes smart business sense to expand a services menu to include things like house cleaning services, gutter and roof cleaning, moss removal, pressure washing and other odd jobs. As a result, many companies that provide window cleaning services also offer an array of other services to their clients. Combining services may allow you to benefit from bundled pricing, which can save money while getting more of your seasonal “To Dos” out of the way.

Looking to hire a window cleaning service here in the Northwest? Contact ProMan WC. 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880. We’ve provided reliable window cleaning, housekeeping and other general odd job services for more than 10 years and have a very loyal clientele. References are never a problem. We look forward to making your life a little easier.

Is Moss Bad For My Roof?

An abundance of rainfall and year-round moisture is one of the many benefits of living in the Northwest. The downfall is that pervasive moisture can lead to the growth of things like mold, mildew and moss on and in the infrastructure of your home.

All three are detrimental to your home’s structural health and moss, which loves to grow in the shingles of rooftops, is one of the most damaging.

Moss Growth on the Roof Causes Irreversible Structural Damage

Moss is a type of plant, called a simple plant, that doesn’t grow any flowers. Typically, you see moss growing in moist, natural environments, like along streambeds, in fallen logs, rotting sections of trees or even in rocks that have enough decomposed matter to create an anchor for the moss’s root beds. It’s a beautiful plant and it adds a forest-esque charm to all it blankets. However, don’t be fooled by its charm if you notice it on your roof.

Is Moss Bad For My Roof?
Is Moss Bad For My Roof?

Moss likes areas that are damp and shaded. It absorbs the moisture from the environment like a sponge, and decomposes the organic substance it’s chosen as its home in order to suck up nutrients. If you notice moss growing on your roof, you are watching your roof’s decomposition in action. Once the organic roofing materials have been infiltrated, the decomposition of their structure will make your roof less waterproof and more vulnerable to further moisture and other environmental damage.

If left long enough, your home will begin wicking this moisture in, allowing mold and mildew spores to take up residence there as well. The combination of moss, mold and mildew is devastating to wood and drywall structures. It can lead to thousands of dollars of damage – if not an entire roof replacement – as well as the repair of any attic, wall or interior crawl or wall spaces that may have been compromised as well.

Moss-Covered Roofs are Dangerous

Moss-covered roofs are also dangerous. First, they are dangerous for anyone who is working up on the roof because the moisture, moss and potential mold and mildew make a roof’s surface more slippery than it already is. If the damage has been left too long, sections of roof can cave in, posing further danger to the building’s occupants or the possessions you have stored inside.

Treat Moss Roof Problems ASAP

If you notice moss growing on your roof, it’s important to act sooner, rather than later. Like any new plant that is establishing itself in a new environment, moss is easiest to remove when it is just getting started than it is when it has taken up residence for a year or two. And, of course, the longer it has been there, the more damage it may have caused.

While moss can be removed by DIYers using a garden hose and hand-scraping, the job is best left to the professionals. Many homeowners try to use a pressure washer on their own, which can do further damage to the roof and the home’s structure. Pressure washing a roof should only be done by professionals who know exactly what they are doing.

Plus, as mentioned above, established moss makes for a very slippery environment and a professional moss removal crew will have the proper protective clothing and fall-protection equipment to make sure the moss is removed safely.

Have you noticed moss growing on your roof? Do you have a moss colony that has been there for years? Contact Proman WC and schedule our crew to remove the moss safely and efficiently. Call 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880

Be Merry! Hire A House Cleaner For the Holidays

Is the typical holiday madness making it more difficult for you to keep up on your normal list of housework? Shopping, decorating, wrapping presents and attending traditional weekend events leading up to the holiday season can make it impossible to maintain a clean and tidy household.

5 Reasons To Hire a Holiday House Cleaner

Here are a handful of reasons why it makes perfect sense to give yourself a break, and hire a professional house cleaning service to get your home in shape for the holidays.

  1. You’ll Feel Merrier. There is nothing worse than looking around at clutter, dirt and chores-left-unfinished at the end of a busy workday. Most of us use the weekends to play house-cleaning catch up but that simply isn’t possible when all of your spare minutes are filled up with Holiday “To dos”. The problem is that clutter and grime can make you feel stressed out, frustrated and grumpy – the last emotions you want to feel as traditional holiday tunes play in the background. With just a single visit from a house cleaner, things will look spic-and-span and you’ll feel like your merry self again.

    5 Reasons To Hire a Holiday House Cleaner
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  2. The in-laws are coming. Is it your turn to host the in-laws this year? Is your mother-in-law (or Great Aunt Trudy) the type who judges the kind of partner and/or parent you are by the status of your window sills and the rim of your toilet bowl? You aren’t alone. Scheduling a visit from a house cleaner a couple days before their visit will ensure that things are clean enough to pass the mother-in-law test but still “natural” enough to look as if you aren’t trying. Being tricky pays off!
  3. You’ve battled the seasonal cold. When fall changes to winter, the inevitable colds and winter flus start to sweep through households like a winter storm. Who wants to clean house when they’re not feeling well? Instead, hire a house cleaner and enjoy taking a brief reprieve from the mundane. Hole-up in the master bedroom with your favorite Netflix and snacks and let someone else do the busy work for a change.
  4. Prepare your home for the annual party. Does your family host the annual solstice, egg nog or ugly sweater party? You have enough to do decorating, shopping for food and getting things prepared or the big day. A professional cleaning service can whip your house into shape in just a few hours or less, leaving you more time to spend a little “me-time” or to finish the party preparations.
  5. You’ve been thinking of hiring one anyway. How long have wished you could call someone in to clean your house every once in a while? This is the perfect time to enjoy an immaculately clean home for the holidays while simultaneously “auditioning” a future house cleaner. If you like the service you receive, you’ll feel more comfortable using a house cleaner weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or whenever you need one – and you’ll have a company you can trust at the ready.

Don’t spend another minute worrying about the state of your home. Contact ProManWC. We’ve provided stellar housecleaning services to our Bay Area clientele for more than a decade now. Our staff uses organic products to ensure the health of your home and our employees. Give us a call at 425-908-9121 so we can give you a break.

Tis the Season to Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Are you getting ready to decorate your home with holiday lights? Then we recommend taking advantage of your rooftop presence to clean the gutters and downspouts, preparing them for this winter’s storms.

This time of year, your roof and/or gutters will be filled with leafs, twigs dirt and other debris that has been dislodged via fall winds and rainstorms. This creates the perfect storm (pun intended) for serious damage to your home’s roof and structural elements.

Clean Gutters Are an Important Exterior Maintenance Chore

The gutters and downspouts are a very important part of your home’s “passive maintenance system”. They direct water from your roof, down and away from your home’s exterior and foundation. When gutters become clogged with leaf material and other debris, water runoff can no longer move in a desirable direction and problems ensue:

  • Waterfalls over doorways and overhangs. Firstly, water that would have moved “down and away” will simply spill over, forming a waterfall that building occupants must walk through in order to enter and exit the building. Not only is this a nuisance, it can also create a health and safety issue on slippery stairs and walkways.sky-water-rain-raindrops
  • Gutters can rip off the building. Your gutters are only designed to accommodate a certain amount of weight and stress, calculated with the idea that they will be clear of accumulated debris. As debris builds up, the weight pressing down on gutters becomes more than they are designed to hold. When gutters rip away from the building, they can cause costly structural damage and – again – you risk a serious health and safety issue if they fall on passersby.
  • Accumulated water leads to long-term damage. From dramatic leaks to more subtle moisture damage as a result of rot, mold and/or mildew, long-standing water poses a serious threat to your home or business. Cleaning the gutters at least once or twice a year ensures water is diverted as it was meant to.

Is Gutter Cleaning a DIY Job?

While gutter cleaning can be done on your own, it’s imperative that you use proper safety equipment and best practices to prevent an injury.

  • Make sure your ladder is in good shape and that it is firmly planted on the ground.
  • Do not ascend any higher than your ladder recommends.
  • Use gloves, safety goggles and a mask to protect yourself from falling debris.

Now it’s time to clean:

  1. First, you want to remove the debris using a shop vac or a trowel paired with a garbage bag. Remove as much of the solid debris as you can so it doesn’t clog up the downspouts when you continue to the next step.
  2. Use a high-pressure nozzle attached to your garden hose to rinse dust and the small debris particles towards the downspouts. Scrub the gutters with a soft scrub brush, being careful not to remove the gutter’s protective coating, for best results.
  3. Use a hose or auger to continue moving debris all the way down and through the downspouts.
  4. If they aren’t there already, install leaf screens at the juncture where the gutters meet the downspouts to prevent unnecessary clogs. Replace any screens that show signs of wear or visible cracks or holes.

It is highly recommended that you hire professional roof and gutter cleaners if you are at all uncomfortable with heights, or if you live in multi-story building.

Want to scratch an important fall chore off your “to-do” list before the holiday season? Call Jorge at Proman WC to schedule an appointment, 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880. You can also send us an email: promanwindowcleaning6@gmail.com