We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but there are only 27 days before autumn is officially upon us. Yup, you read that right – 27 days. 

We hope that you’ve had a wonderful summer full of sunshine, adventures, and time with all of your favorite people. As tough as it is to see another summer pass by, the Shine Above team is definitely looking forward to a cozy fall season ahead. 

Today, we wanted to share some of our best tips for preparing your home for the colder months. The countdown to fall is ON and we want to make sure that you have what you need to be ready for that first snowfall. 

As Edmonton’s window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and pressure washing experts, we’re mainly going to discuss the importance of these cleaning tasks today, however, there’s a lot more to be done. In fact, our group of companies is sending out a comprehensive guide to prepping your home for the colder months next week! To make sure it hits your inbox, fill out a form here

Let’s dive right into things here. 

Gutter Cleaning 

We’ve talked about some of the dangers of debris, leaves, and dirt building up in your gutters many times. But, today, we want to focus on one specific one: ice. 

You know the huge, hanging icicles that loom eerily over you every time you walk down your walkway? And those nasty patches of unseen ice that always seem to land you on your butt in the snow? Or the random ice patch on your front lawn, right in front of the basement window? All of these things are often caused by… clogged gutters. 

As pretty as icicles can seem at a glance, they can actually become quite dangerous. Large falling icicles can actually result in pretty serious injuries and we don’t want that to be the case for you. 

As for the patches of ice, your kids may enjoy sliding around on them in their full snow gear, but when you’re rushing out the door to get to an important meeting and end up sitting in the snow, it will no longer feel like a winter wonderland. 

Getting your gutters professionally cleaned out will mean that any snow that slowly melts will simply drip down your gutters, rather than off the side of them. If your gutters are completely full at the beginning of the winter, the melting snow will have nowhere to go but up and over the edges. 

Avoid the dangerous icicles and ice patches this year by getting our team of exterior cleaning experts to empty out your gutters!

Window Cleaning 

For window cleaning that will last you throughout the entire winter season, it’s best to get it done in the fall time. Although you can never be sure with our crazy Alberta weather, typically, windows won’t get very dirty in the late fall and early winter months. 

As we’ve discussed in our blog post, The Best Times to Get Your Windows & Gutters Cleaned, it’s best to have your windows professionally cleaned once in the spring and once in the autumn. By doing so, you’ll be able to effectively wash off the dirty seasons and have your windows stay clean for as long as possible. 

Make sure you’re not waiting too long – you don’t want that surprise snow storm we always get in late October to strip you of your chance to get your windows cleaned! 

P.S. Our window cleaning slots fill up really quickly in the fall because everyone wants their windows cleaned! Make your appointment to get yours done as early as you can. 

Pressure Washing 

So, you may have heard that pressure washing is best done in the summertime. We completely agree with this. After the winter and spring months, a lot of dirt, dust, and grime will have built up on your property. Additionally, mold and mildew can accumulate after the wet winter and spring which is essential to wash off.

Getting your property professionally pressure washed prior to the winter months can help prevent this mold and mildew spreading or getting worse. Plus, your home and property will get dirty enough throughout the winter. Why not start it with a clean slate? 

Pressure washing during the winter time is fairly risky and should be generally avoided. Get that cleaning task out of the way during September and October by giving our team a call. 

These cleaning tasks are all essential to complete before the winter time comes around. However, to comprehensively prepare your home and property, there’s much more to do. 

Once you’ve signed up for our newsletter, keep an eye on your inbox for The Ultimate Guide to Preparing Your Home for Winter! It’ll be coming your way within the first bit of September. 

Thanks for reading!

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