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How Often You Should Clean Your Home’s Roof

Out of sight, out of mind.”

That’s the attitude many homeowners take towards their roof. Even relatively dedicated housekeepers, who are more than willing to vacuum regularly and maintain their gardens, tend to neglect their duties when it comes to the roof.

The reasons for this are understandable. Roofs are difficult to reach, and dangerous to work on unless you know what you’re doing. A filthy roof is also easier to ignore than, say, a filthy kitchen.

So it’s worth stressing just how important it is to keep your roof clean and well-maintained. Moss, algae, lichen, and decaying leaves are more than an eyesore; over time, they can gradually eat away at the roofing material, and reduce the lifespan of your roof.

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How A House Wash Prepares Your Home’s Exterior For Painting

Paint is like the skin that protects your home from the elements. Unlike skin, however, paint doesn’t regenerate – so it’s inevitable that you’ll have to give your home a fresh coat every now and then. This is especially true in a place like New Zealand, where weather is harsh and volatile.

Rather than simply slapping on a new coat of paint, it’s important to properly prepare your home’s exterior beforehand. This will ensure that the paint job is even and looks great, and that it’s truly weatherproof.

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How To Remove Common Carpet Stains

We recently discussed the best ways to keep your carpet clean and stain-free. But after reading that post, a lot of people asked for more specific advice about dealing with the most common types of carpet stain.

If in doubt, it’s generally best to get your stain looked at by an expert before you do anything to it yourself. Some of the home remedies touted online can make the problem worse, and reduce the effectiveness of professional methods later on.

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The Pros And Cons Of Gutter Guard Systems

Most New Zealanders have to keep up a constant battle against clogged gutters. If you live near trees that lose their leaves, the end of autumn is an especially perilous time. And if you live near pines and other evergreens, which are constantly shedding their needles, you have to stay vigilant all year round.

It’s understandable, then, that many homeowners are very keen to find a system that lets water in but keeps debris out.

Gutters guards are an attempt to do exactly that. They’re not equally useful in all cases, but certain types of property can benefit from gutter guard systems. Let’s have a look at the different types, and their pros and cons:

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What Is The Best Time Of Year To Get Your Gutters Cleaned?

Once you’ve realised that your property’s gutters need to be cleaned regularly, the logical follow-up questions are:

  • How often do my gutters need to be cleaned?
  • When’s the best time to clean them?

The answers to both questions are fairly complicated, and deserve a whole blog post so you get a solid understanding of the things that contribute to your gutter maintenance schedule.

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What Is The Difference Between Pressure Washing, Water Blasting and Soft Washing?

Every home maintenance company worth its salt will know all the differences between pressure washing, water blasting, and soft washing – and exactly when to use one over another.

If you’re considering using one of these techniques on your property, it’s important that you have a decent grasp of the subject too. It may prove to be the difference between a perfect clean and a permanently ruined surface!

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How To Remove Moss, Mould and Lichen From Your Home’s Exterior

It’s a sad fact of life that metal rusts, wood goes rotten, paint flakes away – and practically every surface gets overrun by moss, mould or lichen.

Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with any of this. Even if your home’s exterior has already fallen prey to moss or lichen, there are steps you can take to eliminate them. They’re slightly different beasts, however (if moss can be called a beast), and each requires a targeted approach.

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How to Avoid Drain Blockages.

There are certain facts of life that can’t be avoided. Marmite toast always falls face-down. Wifi always stops working when you desperately need to check your emails. And drains always get blocked when you’re in a rush or trying to enjoy your weekend.

The good news is that drain blockages – unlike volcanoes or earthquakes – aren’t simply disasters waiting to happen. There are a few things you can do to reduce the chances that they’ll pick you as their next victim. Here are some of our top tips:

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What Are The Symptoms of a Blocked Drain?

You shouldn’t have to wait for your house to flood to know that your drain is blocked. Even a partially blocked drain can be dangerous for your house and its drainage system, so being able to spot the early signs of a blockage is crucial if you want to prevent it from causing serious damage.

In this post, we’ll look at some of the most important symptoms of blocked drains.

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How To Avoid Common Gutter Problems

Owning or managing a property is always more difficult than it seems beforehand. Not only do you have to maintain the interior of the building – you also have to take care of things like the driveway, walls, and roof.

Unfortunately, New Zealand’s wild weather means that the gutters of your property require extra care and attention. As the seasons pass and withering sunshine is replaced by torrential rain and wind, it’s important to take preventative measures against the most common problems.

Here’s our best advice for dealing with some of the most widespread gutter issues in Auckland:

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