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7 Easy Useful Tips For Preparing Your Home For Fall

That's right folks! Fall is around the corner. Wait, did I hear a sigh? Yes, I know everyone loves summer. But what is there not to love about fall? The leaves changing are absolutely breathtaking. And who doesn't love hoodie and bonfire season? I know I do! But preparing my home for fall is not something that I care for. But I know in the long run it will save me tons of money!

So, below you will find 7 easy and useful steps for preparing your home for that cooler weather.


You want to fertilize your lawn.

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According to the experts fertilizing your lawn in the fall with help make it that wonderful green everyone love to see in the spring. Covering your lawn with fertilizer will the new growth of the both the grass blades and roots. This will make your thick and healthy again before those freezing temperatures set in.  

Get your HVAC serviced.

Your AC has been working faithfully all summer long. Now its time to give it a much-needed rest. Before tucking it in for the winter, be sure you clean the coils. It is best to cover it if you are not using it to keep it out of harm's way from debris and ice. Then you are going to want to move indoors to your thermostat. Here we will change it from AC to heat. Make sure you change the air return filter as well. You should also make sure all your indoor vents are uncovered. (You may smell a burning smell. But no worries. That is just the heater warming up from a long summer off). 

A close up of a buildingDescription automatically generatedClean your gutters (we got you covered).

Clogged gutters will channel water down the side of your home where it eventually damages the foundation and can flood your basement. So, get a ladder and pull debris out of the gutters by hand. If you have a one-story house, you can use this leaf-blower attachment to blast the stuff. Still too much work? Hire Squeegee Pros to get those gutters cleaned ----it's totally worth it. (You can also inquire about ProGuard, our patented gutter guard protection product that comes worth a lifetime guarantee!.)

Drain and store your lawn equipment.

Over time, unused fuel goes through a chemical change that create deposits and will destroy your lawn equipment. So after that last mow of the season, drain the tanks of your lawn mower, leaf blower, and weed eater before storing them. Fall is also an excellent time to get your lawn mower blade sharpened so it will be ready for that first cut of the spring! 

Turn off and drain outdoor faucets and sprinklers.
Outdoor hoses and pipes will burst if they're full of water when the temperatures plunge below freezing. While replacing a garden hose isn't that difficult, it's incredibly expensive to dig up your lawn's sprinkler system to deal with burst pipes. So, disconnect your outdoor hoses and turn off the outdoor water supply. Open outdoor faucets and run your sprinkler system to drain any remaining water.

Inspect and clean your chimney.

Lighting and smelling the first fire of the season is also one of my favorite things about this time of the year. Nothing is charming about filling your home with soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide because your chimney isn't working correctly. Even gas fireplaces need an inspection to ensure the pipe is free of cracks that can allow smoke to enter your home. This job is best left to pros. The cost runs around $100-200 but in the end will save you thousands of $$.

Get your ice melt and snow blowers ready!

By the time winter arrives, it's often too late to find snow gear. Stock up on such things in autumn when they're plentiful and lower-priced. Even if you think you've got enough left from last year, or that your snow blower or shovel are in good shape, take a few moments to check. You don't want to get caught out in the cold finding out you're wrong.

Don't forget! National Pressure Washing day is August 23!
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What Every Car Owner Should Know

Making sure your vehicle is maintained is just like making sure you have fuel to get to where you are going. 

You should check your oil every 30 days. You always check your engine oil while the vehicle is cold. You should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. It depends on the make and model of your vehicle. You should refer to your owner's manual for the mileage recommendation.

Next, you want to make sure your tire pressure is correct. This will save wear and tear on your vehicle and help with your fuel mileage. Most new cars have a tire pressure monitoring light, do not disregard this. Every vehicle's tire pressure is different, and it also changes with the temperature.

The last thing you should monitor is your transmission fluid.  Most vehicles must be checked while the car or truck is running. The fluid must be hot. Most owner's manuals call for this fluid to be changed at 100,000. Some vehicles with a CVT transmission you cannot check yourself as your vehicle must be checked at the dealer or repair shop.

At Squeegee Pros, we check our trucks once a week. We want to make sure our trucks are safe for our employees and that we can arrive to your appointment on time. Safety and customer service are two things we pride ourselves in at Squeegee Pros, Inc. We want to provide the best window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and pressure washing possible to each customer and regular truck checks is one step that allows us to do that. 

Dryer Lint and Fire Risk

Letting dryer lint build up is NOT a good idea.

If you are guilty of this bad habit, break it today.


There are approximately 2,900 clothes dryer fires a year and they cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and 35 million in property loss per year according to U.S. Fire Administration.


Letting lint build up can also increase energy bills because the dryer has to work harder with each spin cycle. Clean your dryer's lint trap before each run and clean the exhaust every 90 days. You can do these tasks relatively easily with a vacuum, but if your vent is clogged, it might be worth calling a dryer vent exhaust technician to clean it for about $125 to $175, according to Angie's List.

Here at Squeegee Pros, we offer full-service window cleaning, gutter cleaning and house washing for all of Lake Norman and surrounding areas. Visit our website www.SqueegeePros.com for a free quote with no obligation.

There's More To A Gutter System Than You May Think

Leave your clogged gutter problems to us!

Gutters are not only a part of the investment that you have made on your home, but they also provide an important function for you and your family. Most homeowners don't put too much thought into their gutters before they start experiencing issues. But it is important to know that regular gutter cleaning can prevent many frustrating and destructive issues to the structure of your house. Because of this, homeowners should make it a priority to take care of and clean out their gutters.

Failing to keep gutters clean may put the important parts of your home in serious jeopardy, such as:

Wood Damage
Leaves and other debris can pile up in your gutters and collect moisture against the fascia board, the wooden foundations of the gutters that line the edges of the roof. Essentially, the debris pulls moisture up from various parts of the gutters to work through the fascia board and even to the outer edges of your roof where the moisture can severely damage the wood around your house. Furthermore, the water pooled by this debris can attract mosquitoes and termites that can cause a home to become a significantly less pleasant place to live.


Structural Damage
Clogged gutters are a major factor in instances of basement flooding. As water  on the roof gathers around the infrastructure of the gutters and eventually spills over, it will quickly leak into and pool in your basement. If this continues it will weaken the foundations of the house and cause the structure to weaken and crack. The same can happen to your walkways and driveway.


Roof Damage
With regard to your home's roof, shingle damage can occur due to negligence of proper gutter cleaning. When leaves are left and become piled too deeply in your gutters, water can cause damage to your roof and shingles by getting into the roof sheathing causing it to rot, even possibly causing rotting of the roof's rafters.




Gutter cleaning can be one of the most important parts of the maintenance regiment for your house. All homeowners should be sure to give their gutters all the care and attention that they can, to ensure the preservation of their investment.

Here at Squeegee Pros, we offer full-service gutter cleaning and gutter guard instillation for all of Lake Norman and surrounding areas. Visit our website www.SqueegeePros.com for a free quote with no obligation.


 

Top 10 Tips on Doing a Final Clean Before Moving Home

If you're moving home, there are many reasons why you should leave your old place in sparkling condition. Here are 10 top tips for a thorough final house cleaning.

1. Start your home cleaning after your furniture has been dismantled and the moving boxes have been packed. It's easier to clean uncluttered spaces plus you'll be less likely to trip over things. It is also very time consuming and strenuous having to lift up heavy couches and bed frames so that you can clean under them.

2. We always recommend hiring a professional cleaning company to do your final clean. The reason for this is it needs to be really thorough as this is not just a regular weekly clean. Experienced cleaners know where dirt and grime builds up and which areas to focus on. They also have the right products and equipment for every room. If you were renting the property, having professional cleaners do the final clean will mean there is a far greater chance of receiving your rental bond back from the real estate agent.

3. Having made the previous point about hiring a cleaning company, should you want to go it alone, ensure you have the following essential cleaning supplies before starting:

• Duster
• Broom, dustpan and brush
• Vacuum cleaner
• Glass cleaner 
• White vinegar
• Bicarb soda
• Disinfectant
• Oven cleaner
• Cleaning cloths and rags
• Mop
• Bucket
• Sponges and scouring pads
• Rubber gloves 

3. Remove any hooks, nails, etc. from walls and doors. Patch up any holes and paint them.

4. Dust every room. Pay attention to:

• Corners 
• Built in shelves and wall units
• Skirting boards
• Window frames and sills
• Door frames
• Blinds
• Light fittings
• Vents 

5. Tackle one room at a time. Vacuum each room. Mop any non-carpeted floors. The kitchen and bathroom will probably require the most work.

6. In the kitchen:

• Clean inside cupboards. Get rid of stains, grease spots and crumbs. 
• Clean inside the oven. Use heavy duty products to get rid of built-up grease and grime. The inside of the oven is usually checked during inspections, so get it looking good.
• If possible, move white goods and clean areas that are usually hidden. This will save you time on the day of moving house.
• Give dishwasher filters and extraction fans a good wash.

7. In the bathroom:

• Scrub every area.
• Use a specialised cleaner for mouldy sealant in baths and showers and leave it on overnight.
• Remove debris from drains.
• Immerse the shower head in white vinegar to eliminate limescale.
• Deep clean the toilet. 

8. Clean the windows inside and out with newspaper and glass cleaner or call a company like SqueegeePros.com.

9. Prepare a fun playlist or podcast to keep you company while you clean. This will lighten your mood - you might even forget that you're cleaning!

10. Finally, if your removalists have not moved all your furniture yet, ensure you let them know that the final clean has taken place. If possible they can clean their boots to keep the floors clean and ensure they don't scrape or mark any walls or door frames when moving all the furniture out.

This article was written in conjunction with Hire A Mover, a Sydney Australia removalist company.

  

Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

It seems as though summer was just yesterday. Now that the colder weather has found its way in, it's time to prepare for the upcoming winter months. Winter as we know it is a time for resting and spending more time indoors compared to the summer months; we don't want this spoiled by malfunctioning appliances and systems. Maintenance is the best method of preventing expensive repairs down the road. Before you get too deep into winter, make sure to run through some checklists to ensure a cozy and easy winter.

Get furnaces and heaters checked.
North Carolina, despite being a southern state, does have its cold days, especially at night. Checking up on your heater not only protects its longevity, it can also keep it running efficiently. Start by making sure its filter is replaced. Heating units also tend to collect dust and debris, so we suggest cleaning it at the start of every winter. And, last but not least, have it serviced by a technician, especially if its older. Your yearly home maintenance checklist should always include checking HVAC units!

Have your chimney inspected.
If you plan on burning wood in your fireplace this winter, don't do so without making sure your chimney is up to shape first. Dirty or clogged chimneys can cause safety hazards when lighting fires in it. Have it cleaned and inspected for any damage this winter.

Clean your carpets.
The fibers in your carpet can trap germs, odors, and even allergens from the summer and fall months. Start fresh during the winter by having your carpets professionally cleaned. A professional cleaning removes all of the unwanted particles from your floor and leaves you with a clean and healthy home!

Check up on pipes.
One of the biggest threats to a home in the winter months are leaking and busted pipes that can be caused by pipes freezing and then cracking. Water leaks can cause thousands of dollars in damage which can be prevented by catching leaks early on. Leaks can be hard to detect sometimes, but some indicators include damaged flooring, ceiling stains, and puddles. Have these issues fixed immediately before they turn into expensive messes.

Clean out the fridge.
We often forget about the interior of our refrigerators until we're forced to scrub it down after forgetting about some produce and letting it go rancid. Our refrigerators need some TLC without the incentive of rotting broccoli. Ditch expired condiments and organize the contents of what's left. After that, clean out the crumbs, wipe down any spills, and disinfect. The delicious winter squash soup you made will thank you!

Clean windows.
The winter isn't known for bright and sunny days. Bring in as much sunshine into your as possible during the bleak months by deep cleaning windows. Oftentimes, dirt, dust, and smudges can dull natural light and doing a deep cleaning of your windows will allow a brighter home year round. Adding this to your home maintenance schedule will make winters just that much more manageable.

Speaking of cleaning windows, we here at Squeegee Pros of Lake Norman and Charlotte have provided unparalleled window cleaning service and more to homes, businesses, and new construction projects for over 20 years! We firmly believe that clean windows and a clean home can improve your livelihood. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Never Clean Your Gutters Again With ProGuard

Getting Tired of Cleaning Your Gutters? Try ProGuard!

Your rain gutters are an important part of your home's preventative maintenance system, however sometimes they can become blocked by leaves, needles or debris. High quality and proven gutter guards can prevent debris from accumulating and help avoid the dangerous climb up a ladder to clean them out sometimes up to 3 times per year. If you don't have gutter guards or covers, the following extensive and costly damages can occur around your property, all caused by uncontrolled rain water following the path of least resistance:

·      Siding and fascia board rot
·      Wet Basement
·      Foundation Repairs
·      Landscape Erosion
·      Interior Water Leaks
·      Gutter Sagging
·      Mold or Pests

That's why Pro Guard Gutter Protection is so necessary in preventing the costly damage that could occur without protection installed and the potential savings with an investment in a high quality and dependable gutter product such as Pro Guard!

Lower-Cost, Superior Technology, Lifetime Guarantee

Pro Guards unique design handles a ton of rain water, Pro Guard is guaranteed for life never to clog. Install it once and be done. Continued inspection checkups are $75 per visit if needed and include replacing any Pro Guard sections as necessary at  cost. Pine needles WILL NOT stick into the product as the 50 micron width holes are too small. In fact, even shingle grit will not penetrate Pro Guard - only water will. It is the best product on the market for keeping out pine needles.
  

Pro Guard's Pine Needle product is a combination of an expanded metal base that is topped with a stainless micro mesh screen for superior performance. The design is ideal for all homes and does not interfere with shingles. Does not penetrate the roof. The combination of the strength of the expanded metal and the performance of the mesh screen protects your gutters from Pine Needles, Maple Seeds, Oak Tassels, Ash Tree Quils and Small Debris. Excellent for all roofs, including: Slate, Asphalt, Shake, Flat, Tile, and Metal. Pro Guard Outperforms most products and is a great value. Designed to be low profile and virtually invisible. Some Pro Guard Features & Benefits Include:

·      Almost invisible
·      No end caps
·      Pops in and out (pressure fit) Won't blow out!
·      Does not interfere with shingles (Read this again)
·      Fits Slate, Shake, Tile, Metal and Flat roofs also
·      No roof penetration
·      Covers entire gutterno debris gets in

Click Here to get more information on a great product. If you are looking for a great gutter cleaning company in the Charlotte, NC area Click Here to see what makes us better than the rest. Either way, you will not lose!

Good Service or World Class Service?

   Everyone's heard the old saying "you get what you pay for."  This idiom is typically used to illustrate the tragic tale of purchasing an item that is priced fairly, but winds up breaking or not working as promised.  In our modern day society this phrase has become a tool of persuasion in an attempt to convince customers that their pricing is justified.  Unfortunately, many good people find themselves over-paying for sub-par service and a catchy name.

   What's in a name?  Take a moment to look at the very device you are reading from.  Why did you choose this product?  As a culture we are obsessed with quality and dependability. We want our purchases to work well and endure great lengths of time.  If the manufacturer of your computer didn't have positive reviews associated with it would you have purchased it?  The answer is no.  A company's name and reputation become synonymous.  

   Squeegee Pros is no different.  Since April of 1996 we have been providing professional window washing services to both businesses and residents of the Charlotte Area.  Early on, we recognized that good service wasn't good enough. Good simply means adhering to or fulfilling a particular cause.  There's good service everywhere, but how many times can you say you've had outstanding service?



   Our exceptional service has allowed us to become a dependable name within each community we serve.  We believe that you are more than just a customer, and your home is an extension of how you care and provide for your family.  During each service we ensure that every member of your household is acknowledged.  Our technicians are supplied with treats for your pets and stickers for the kids. Who does that?

   Don't just take our word for it though.  Squeegee Pros has over 1,000 "A" ratings on Angie's List as well as hundreds of customer reviews and testimonials.  Listed below are some additional examples of how our name is backed by outstanding service.

·       Satisfaction is guaranteed.
·       We will arrive on time (or you will receive a phone call).
·       We clean windows all year round.
·       We always wear shoe covers when in your home.
·       References available upon request.
·       Easy, flexible residential scheduling and commercial storefront auto-scheduling. 
·       We always return phone calls.
·       Free on site estimate (we can give you an idea of price over the phone but we will gladly give you a firm on site estimate).
·       We actually really do Safety Meetings and we actually do carry Worker's Compensation.
·       Convenience: Dedicated phone staff, no-hassle service plan.
·       Background checks. We don't just hire anyone.

We are confident that you will love the way we do business. To experience Squeegee Pros World Class Service, contact us today.  We would love to speak with you and provide you with a detailed estimate.  We guarantee that you'll experience the highest level of window cleaning and pressure washing services available. We're more than a name, we're an example of quality and dependability.  Let us prove why we are the best.  


Eryn, Commercial Administrator

Squeegee Pros, Inc.
704-799-0313
www.SqueegeePros.com
Home of NC's Best Window Washers 
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Squeegee Pros Annual Back To School Drive


The new school year is right around the corner and the mad dash for supplies has begun.  However, there are some families who are unable to afford basic school necessities.  That's why we need your help...

Squeegee Pros has been dedicated to serving the community for over 22 years.  Our wish is to be able to provide kids in need with supplies that will allow them to succeed this school year.  We are currently collecting donations from our commercial and residential clients to help make this wish a reality. 


Needed supplies include (but are not limited to) pens, pencils, paper, backpacks, and binders.
As a thank you, we have decided to run a special for International Pressure Washing Day -  August 23!  

From now until September 7th 2018 we will take $25 off any pressure washing service with the mention of this email. 

Additionally, we will personally donate school supplies to a local school in your honor.
If you'd like to donate supplies directly:

  • You may give them to the technician at the time of cleaning.
  • Drop items off at our Mooresville office.
  • Or mail the items to our office.
1219 River Highway, Mooresville NC 28117


We are thankful for your support and look forward to working with you to make this school year the best one yet!

Squeegee Pros, Inc.
704-799-0313 ext 1
www.SqueegeePros.com
Home of NC's Best Window Washers 
Reply Here: Residential@SqueegeePros.com




What to look for when hiring a window cleaning company.

All of us at some point we all must hire a company or a contractor to perform work on our home. There are several steps you should follow when looking for a company. 

1.    Get multiple bids.  With this being said, do not always go with the cheaper price. You get what you pay for most of the time.  Price can depend on if a company has insurance or employees. 

2.    Get your estimate in writing. Also consider, it is an estimate and prices may change depending on the situation. Here at Squeegee Pros we do most of our estimating over the phone and/or internet, so our estimates are verified upon arrival. 

3.    Check reviews. Never go with a company that has all postive reviews as no one is perfect and this should be seen as a red flag if they do. But at the same time, if all the reviews are negative, well then most of us move on. Primarily positive with a handful of less than 5 Star reviews make for a good mix. This way you know the company and the reviews are for real and not manipulated. Our company has great reviews but we have some negative reviews in there as well. 

4.    Get a scheduled date and time. We stay booked out about two weeks so be prepared for that. Most reputable companies are booked several weeks out. That's a good sign! They are busy.

5.    Read the terms and conditions. This includes the warranty and the financial terms. Things like how many days to do I have to pay or is there a late fee. What is the guarantee if things don't look right? Do I need to call by a certain time?

6.    Once the company or contractor arrives go over the estimate again and get any changes in writing. 

7.    Once the project is completed, do a walk around. Make sure everything is complete as stated in the estimate and sign off that the project is done. We are 100% paperless and everything is done by our mobile tablets, so our customers can pay on-site as well. 

These are just 7 simple steps to make your project goes a little smoother as we all know projects can become a headache. At Squeegee Pros, we follow these steps for all of our services from windows to roof washing to pressure washing to gutter cleaning

Christina Burgin, President of Squeegee Pros, Inc.

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