How to Prevent Moss From Growing On the Roof

Moss and algae can do considerable damage if they’re left for too long. Both use the combination of moisture and organic materials – aka your roofing materials – to grow and colonize. As a result, structural materials begin to rot and decay, leading to expensive, long-term damage.

Tips For Preventing Moss & Algae From Growing on Your Roof

The following tips can help you keep moss and algae from taking up residence on your roof.

Eliminate Moss & Algae ASAP. If you already see green and/or blackish growths on your roof, it’s important to remove them as soon as you can. In the right conditions, mold can grow pretty fast and this growth directly relates to the rate at which roofing materials decay. Established moss growths can be manually removed. Then, a thorough wash and the application of a bleach-water solution can be applied to remove the rest.

Moss growing on roof
How do you prevent moss from growing on your roof?

Unless you’re familiar with ladder- and roof-safety, professional moss and algae removal is often the safest and most efficient way to eliminate these offenders from your roof.

Trim Overgrown Tree Branches. Moss and algae require a moist environment. This is why we typically see the largest infestations accumulating in the shady areas created by overgrown tree limbs. Hire a certified arborist or professional tree trimmer to keep mature tree branches in check. Trimming them back and away from your roofline will help prevent moss and algae on the roof and will also prevent roof damage from fallen limbs and branches.

Keep Gutters & Downspouts Clean & Clear. When gutters and downspouts are full of debris, water has the chance to accumulate for extended periods. During the rainy season, this can lead to days or weeks of overflow, causing water to spill over and soak into roof and eaves materials. As long as temperatures are warm enough (about 35°F to 80°F), the ever-present moisture provides a perfect environment for moss to settle in.

Inspect gutters and downspouts at least twice a year to remove debris and make sure water is flowing through them as designed. Clear any clogs immediately to prevent water damage and repair any rusted, split or corroded gutter/downspout runs as soon as you can.

Use Strips of Zinc Flashing. Remember we said that moss and algae use organic materials as a food source? Thin strips of zinc flashing (copper and lead flashing work as well) can be installed underneath rows of shingles where moss and algae are the most prevalent. Clean the roof first to eliminate any current moss or algae. Then, apply the strips as per the manufacturer’s directions. Always contact your roofing manufacturer and apply the strips as per their instructions to avoid violating your warranty.

Always use a safe ladder and climbing practices while performing work on a roof. If this is not your area of expertise, hire a professional roof cleaner or roofing contractor to do the work for you.

Need the help of a professional to clean your roof, gutters, and/or downspouts and/or to prevent future moss and algae growth? Contact Proman WC at 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880. Don’t forget to ask us about our 15% discount for new customers.

Looking For the Perfect Valentine’s Day Present? Hire a House Cleaner

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Chocolates are unoriginal
And so are you…

If you just get your girlfriend or wife yet another heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolates Are Great – But a Clean House Is Better!

Valentine’s Day can be a challenging one when it comes to buying the “perfect present” for your girlfriend or wife. The holidays just ended, and all the bigger ticket items are already accounted for. That’s why hiring a house cleaner is one of the best presents ever – it’s the gift that keeps on giving in terms of extra time, energy and the peace that comes along with living in a clean, organized household.

Her are 5 great reasons to give a year’s worth of monthly (or weekly) housecleaning:

  1. She’ll love you forever. Cleaning the house is one of those things that everyone benefits by but hardly anyone has time to do. The chores it entails eating into the only free time your family has – weekends, evenings and days off. When you take those heavy chores off the “list of things to do,” you’ve just freed up hours and hours of time that can be filled with your family’s favorite things – and your partner will love you forever for it.

    Looking For the Perfect Valentine’s Day Present? Hire a House Cleaner
    Looking For the Perfect Valentine’s Day Present? Hire a House Cleaner
  2. Scratch the least-favorite chores off the list. Most homes need at least a little light cleaning every week. However, if weekly house cleaning is outside of your budget, schedule a house cleaner once a month or every other week instead. That’s enough make sure the nitty-gritty cleaning is always taken care of and lets your household take care of the easy stuff.
  3. Cut down on stuff. Contemporary homeowners know that “less is more,” which is why minimalist design is back in style. Instead of giving more “things,” you’re giving the gift of de-cluttering and organization. Once you’ve booked your time, the housecleaner can assist you with those organizational tasks you never get around to – like that overstuffed coat closet or the kitchen junk drawer.
  4. Take care of odd jobs. There are all kinds of things a housecleaner can do outside of the general vacuuming, bathroom cleaning and floor scrubbing. When you schedule a consultation, ask about other service offerings that can be utilized during your scheduled dates, like window cleaning, laundry, and cabinet organizing.
  5. It’s multiple gifts in one. Giving your beloved the gift of regular house cleaning blows her calendar wide open. In a way, it’s like giving her multiple gifts in one. Now, she has time to do all the things she wants to do but can’t, like schedule a mani/pedi, have a weekend lunch date with a friend or enjoy a romantic date night with you!

Interested in giving your Valentine a unique gift that she can celebrate month after month? Contact ProMan WC and schedule a consultation. We’ve provided quality, reputable housecleaning and window cleaning services to our Bay Area clients for more than a decade. 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880.

Is That Moss Up On My Roof?

Green roofs are trending these days. However, there is one thing worth noting: green roofs should be designed that way. If you’re waxing poetic as you gaze up at your own green roof, one that has become green over time as the result of moss and algae growth, it’s time to halt the Irish soundtrack and check back into reality.

Yes, That Probably IS Moss Up On Your Roof

Moss and algae may lend a lovely green hue to your roof, and give your home a romantic, cottage-like look but, in fact, they’re bad news. Moss is a sign that:

  • The roof is laden with moisture.
  • Organic materials are being consumed for its growing pleasure.
  • Significant structural damage might be taking place right under (or over) your nose.

Contrary to what you may have learned, moss doesn’t just grow on the “northern” side of things. In fact, moss grows:

  • Where it’s wet. Moss likes a wet and shady environment. If things get too dry, moss will go dormant or die off. However, moss also helps to keep things wet, so where moss grows, moisture damage or rot can ensue. In the case of your roof, this can lead to moisture penetration that seeps into your attic and interior wall spaces.

    Is That Moss Up On My Roof?
    Remove Moss From Your Roof as Soon as Possible
  • Where it’s shady. Moss isn’t a huge fan of direct sunlight. A little light is fine but it prefers more dappled or diffused light. This is why it tends to grow on areas of your roof that are shadowed by a mature tree or neighboring buildings.
  • Where it’s cool. We all have our “preferred” temperatures, and moss is no exception. Typically, moss likes to grow in temperatures between about 20° F (although they prefer it a little warmer) and 70° F. This is why moss growth on roofs tends to peak during later winter and spring months, or into a cooler summer.

Remove Moss From Your Roof as Soon as Possible

Moss removal is key to protecting the health of your roof and your home. It’s feeding on the organic matter found on your roof, namely your shingles. Thus, over time, the moss can actually rot away your roofing materials, which leads to expensive roof repairs and replacement.

You can remove moss on your own, by climbing on the roof and scraping it away. Then, you can spray a 50:50 mix of water and bleach to keep the spores from growing back. Don’t use a pressure washer for this as it can damage the shingles and/or spray water in between roofing materials, which can also result in water damage.

Keep in mind that a roof with moss will be wet and slick. There’s a good chance algae and mold are also present, which makes for even more slippery conditions. Always make safety your first priority.

If mold growth seems excessive, it may be worth it to hire a professional. Proman WC has provided professional roof moss removal services to our bay area clients for 10-years and counting. We’re happy to come out and take a look and will provide a free, onsite quote. Contact us today by calling 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880. You can also email us at

Post Storm Gutter Cleaning Tips

Inspecting and cleaning the gutters is an essential part of maintaining your home’s roof system. If you skip this important step, the accumulated debris can lead to undesirable scenarios:

  1. Gutters can overflow before water has a chance to make it to the downspout.
  2. Pooled water can seep over the edge and make its way into your interior roof and wall spaces.
  3. The reaction between rotting organic materials and water can lead to corrosion of the gutter and downspout materials.
  4. Water can collect and pool near your foundation, causing long-term foundation damage.

After winter storms, it’s a good idea to take peek around the gutters – or hire a professional to do it for you – to make sure they are free of debris and to clear them of any twigs, leaves, or dirt that can compromise the gutter system’s function.

What to Look For When Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts

Here are the tools required for inspecting and cleaning gutters and downspouts:

  • A safe, secure ladder that extends well above the edge of your roof
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves
  • Latex or latex-free gloves
  • A trowel
  • Two buckets with wire hooks
  • Garden hose with nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment

Now it’s time to get started.

  1. Check the weather. Ideally, you want to clean your gutters when it’s dry. If possible, choose a day when you’ve had dry weather for two to three days before so accumulated debris has time to dry out. This makes the removal of debris much easier.

    Post Storm Gutter Cleaning Tips
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  2. Set up your ladder. Make sure all four legs of the ladder (or two if you’re using an extension latter) are planted firmly on the ground. Hook the buckets securely to the top of the ladder. Use one to carry your tools and the other to empty the debris into. Never step higher than the second-to-the-last stair on the ladder. If you feel uncomfortable or unsteady on a ladder, hire professionals to clean the gutters for you.
  3. Remove the debris. Don your latex gloves, work gloves and safety glasses. The latex gloves will protect your hands from wet, rotting refuse that accumulates at the bottom of the gutters. Use your hands to remove the larger debris, like twigs and larger leaves. Then, use the trowel to shovel out the smaller debris. Dump it all into the bucket. If it’s been a while, you may need to head down to dump a bucket load multiple times before the job is done. Remove and clean any downspout strainers (the wire traps that lead to the downspouts).
  4. Hose them down. Now that the gutters are clean, wash any remaining, smaller debris through the gutters and downspouts using your garden hose with an attached nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment. Begin hosing the gutters at the end that is opposite the downspout.
  5. Check the downspouts. Make sure the water is moving swiftly through the downspouts. If it’s not, run the garden hose up the spout to unclog the debris, using a strong stream of water to help loosen the clog. Once the debris is free, spray the gutters again to make sure the water is running freely. If it’s still clogged or slow, work on the downspout again until it’s clear there is no block left.

Is gutter cleaning one of those “to-dos” you just can’t get around to? Have a multi-story home that makes gutter and downspout cleaning more difficult? Contact ProMan WC and we’ll be happy to help. We can also repair any minor damage that may be compromising the efficiency of your gutter system. Give us a call at 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880.

How to Check a House Cleaners References

When most people hire a house cleaner, they focus on two things:

  1. What do they cost?
  2. Will they do the job right?

However, there is a third element that is much more important than either of those two: Are the house cleaners trustworthy?

Checking a House Cleaner’s References is an Important Part of the Hiring Process

Here are some of the things you can do to make sure you hire a house cleaner that gets the job done to your standards and can be 100% trusted to have up-close and personal access to your home or business’s contents.

Contact the references they provide. Yes, taking the time to call or email references can be inconvenient, but it’s a lot less inconvenient than paying for cleaning services that aren’t up to part or – in worst case scenarios –pressing charges when valuables are stolen or sensitive personal information is compromised.

How to Check a House Cleaners References
How do you properly check for a house cleaners references?

DO ask the cleaning service’s owner for at least three to five references, and then DO take the time to contact each and every one of them to ask the right questions (more on that below).

Ask for current references. Often, cleaning companies throw together a list of references and then never update it. Since the turnover rate for cleaning employees is relatively high, the quality of the services they provided three years ago, a year ago or even two months ago may be a far cry from what they provide now based on who comprises the employee roster. Make sure all of the references you speak to are currently using their service or else the references are completely pointless.

Ask the right questions. Don’t just ask, “Are you happy with Company XYZ’s cleaning services?” Get down to the nitty-gritty. The answers to some questions may be more important to you than others, but things to consider include:

  • Are they timely?
  • How often do they cancel and/or have to re-schedule?
  • Do the cleaners follow instructions?
  • Do they do deep-cleans or only surface cleans?
  • Does it ever seem like they cut corners?
  • Is laundry, linens, dishware, etc., cleaned and handled respectfully?
  • Are they honest when something is accidentally broken?
  • Do they bring their own cleaning products?
  • Are they committed to eco-friendly products?
  • What’s the most unusual request you’ve had for them, and did they come through for you?
  • What other services have you used the company for (many house cleaning companies offer additional services such as window cleaning, roof cleaning, pressure washing, light moving, holiday decorating, etc. so it’s good to compare these “extras” between potential companies)?

If one company charges a little more than another, but their references seem to be more positive – the extra expense is probably worth it.

Does the company run criminal background checks? The idea of a criminal background check is great, and many cleaning companies run a standard background check on their employees in order to make sure they don’t hire anyone with a criminal record. However, not all background check services are created equal so a “clean” check doesn’t necessarily mean the employee is honest. On the other hand, if a company doesn’t run one, and you are concerned about your family’s valuables or personal information, it is worth it to speak to the owner about running checks on any cleaners who have access to your home, security codes, etc.

Looking to use a Seattle-area cleaning service that is trustworthy, responsible and has a decade-long track record of satisfied customers? Schedule a consultation with Proman WC and we’ll be happy to give you a long list of current references. Give us a call at 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880, or email us:

5 No-Fail Decluttering Tips for the New Year

There’s nothing like taking out the holiday decorations, finding places for them and then boxing them all up again to remind you that there’s some de-cluttering work to be done! The New Year (and the cold, grey, rainy days that accompany it) is a perfect time to go through the house –top to bottom – getting rid of what you no longer need.

In addition to clearing things out, making your home look more spacious and clean, de-cluttering is also good for the soul. Clutter on the outside is a source of stress – but it can also be a sign of stress or chaos within. So, the simple act of clearing out what you don’t need can help to clear mental and emotional space as well. Plus, at the very least, it minimizes the amount of “stuff” you’re required to maintain.

5 Simple Steps for Decluttering Your Home

  1. Use the Year Test. Every professional organizer and cleaner agrees: if you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it enough to make space for it. Go through storage closets and cabinets, analyzing their contents. Those fancy boots you like but never wear? The ski gear you bought two years ago but have never used again? The boxes of “scrapbooking” supplies that haven’t been cracked open in a half-decade? All of that is exemplary of things that can be donated or moved on to someone who will use them.
  2. Use the Hanger Test. If using The Year Test stresses you out, especially when it comes to clothes, use The Hanger Test instead. Reverse the direction of all of the hangers in your closet so they face backwards. When you wear something, it can go back in the closet with the hanger facing the right way. Next holiday season, take all of the clothes that are still facing backwards and donate them. It’s a great way to get a real grasp on which clothes are completely unnecessary.

    5 No-Fail Decluttering Tips for the New Year
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  3. Evaluate why you’re attached. Some things (many things) simply aren’t useful at all, nor do they really deserve a space in the attic or a “kid stuff” box. The cast that came off your sweet six-year old when she broke her arm in soccer may represent struggle and strife, but it really isn’t worth hanging on to. Take a picture if you need to (or put a picture of your six-year old in the cast in a collage) and then trash the cast. Odds are, you have more of these unnecessarily-sentimental-attachments laying around than you’d like to admit; the more you can clear, the easier it will become to clear the rest.
  4. Let your kids choose – and honor their choices. Okay, if they want to get rid of a 14-karat gold heirloom ring, we see your point. However, so often the sentimental attachments described in #3 wind up spilling over onto your kids. If they are willing to part with something that used to mean everything to them, let them choose when it’s time to move on. You can keep a small box from each year of their life (a digital scrapbook with photos of memorable items is even better) to save the things you can’t bear to part with. Then, teach children a valuable, lifelong lesson about how important it is to declutter and organize your space, and that letting go means clearing space for new opportunities and adventures.
  5. Invite an outsider in. Have an objective friend whose home you admire? Have a straightforward neighbor or relative whose opinion you can trust? Invite them over and let them peruse your home, making suggestions about what’s working and what’s not. Then, after they leave, you can decide how much you want to take their words to heart – and benefit from a more organized home.

Not sure you want someone from the inner-circle deciding what should stay and what should go? Contact us here at Pro Man WC. Our cleaning professionals have an expert and 100% objective eye. They’re happy to help you declutter your home so your beautiful home design shines through. And they’ll be happy to take all of your donations and trashed items away for you.

We’ve worked to help our Seattle, Bellevue and other area clients maintain clean, organized and de-cluttered homes for more than a decade. Give us a call at 425-908-9121 or 510-478-4880.

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.

    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.

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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
  • 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: