Cleaning your gutters is very important, as blocked gutters can be the cause of many worse problems. Imagine that your gutter is full of leaves and sticks, and it gets blocked up when it rains. What happens next: your gutter gets too heavy for the supports to hold up and it ends up breaking.

Rather than allowing your drains and gutters to get so full that they break, why not just spend some time cleaning them out? It’s really not all that hard, and you will find that you can do it quite easily if you take the time to do it regularly. If you can spend even just half an hour on the weekend cleaning out dirty gutters, you will find that you won’t have to worry about them becoming clogged ever again.

Here are some tips to help you as you start your cleaning:

Tip 1: Get someone to help

When you are climbing up onto the roof to get at the blockages, you will have to use a ladder. Many accidents have happened when people try and climb up a ladder on their own, as the ladder slips or rocks. Rather than allowing yourself to have an accident due to negligence, take the time to get someone to help you.

Sure it may feel silly getting someone to hold the ladder for you, but imagine how silly you would feel if you fell and injured yourself just because you didn’t want to ask for help. Get one of your kids, your spouse, a friend, or a neighbor just to help hold the ladder as you climb it. It can help to make it easier for you, and will prevent accidents.

Tip 2: Use your hands

It sounds awful, but using your hands to scoop out all the junk from the gutters is the best way to go. Your hands are thin enough to easily fit inside the gutter pipe, and you can easily get all the junk out of the drain that way. It may be icky, but remember that it’s just leaves, sticks, and water that has congealed into an icky, sticky mud.

Tip 3: Consider pressure washing

Once you have scooped out all of the muck, why not spend a few minutes to wash down the gutter with a pressure washer? It will take an extra 10 minutes to get the washer up on the roof and hooked up, as well as another five or ten minutes to wash it all down. However, you can leave your gutters sparkling clean, and they won’t need another thorough cleaning for a long while thanks to the pressure washer.

Tip 4: Don’t forget the downspout

Many people clean out the gutter and make it look sparkling clean, but they forget all about the downspout. The fact of the matter is that clogged gutters usually mean that the downspout is clogged as well, so take the time to clean it as well. You can usually unclog it … READ MORE

Whether you’re doing a complete renovation or just looking to spruce up a room a bit, new window blinds can make a big difference to your home. There are lots of styles and materials to choose from, and making the right choice is important since you’ll likely have these blinds for several years. Let’s look at a few things you should consider.

The first thing to decide is exactly what you want from the blinds. Do you want them to completely block all outside light, in a home theater room for example? Are you looking for privacy? Do you just want them to soften the outside light, not block it completely?

Decisions like these will have a bearing on what materials and styles of blinds are going to work best for you.

Another thing you’ll have to decide on is your budget. While you may want to be a little flexible on price, you should have some idea of how much you can reasonably afford to spend before you start your search. Some types of blinds may look great, but the cost might be out of your range. Knowing what you can spend before you start looking will help you to avoid the temptation to buy the nicest – but more expensive – window blinds.

Another decision you’ll have to make is where to buy the blinds. Most home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes sell blinds these days, as well as specialty stores that you can find in most cities. But you can also buy blinds on the internet, from various websites that carry all the big brands like Levolor and Hunter Douglas.

Buying online can sometimes save you some money compared to your local shops, but keep in mind that you won’t get the same level of service and support after the purchase. If you’re comfortable installing the blinds yourself, great, but if you have to hire someone to do it for you a local store that can provide end-to-end service might actually wind up costing less.… READ MORE