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Risk of Dryer Vent Fires: Separating Fact From Fiction

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 27, 2013 12:57:00 PM

dryer vent cleaning Jacksonville FLHere at First Coast Home Pros, we take the prevention of dryer fires very seriously. It’s important to sort fact from fiction where dryer fires are concerned. There is a lot of information on the Internet about dryer fires and their causes. Some of this information is undoubtedly true, while some is simply false.

It’s been said that the use of fabric softener sheets can cause the heating element in your dryer to fail and potentially cause a fire. There is no evidence that suggests fabric softener sheets can cause your dryer’s heating element to fail. It is, however, proven that the use of liquid fabric softener has been found to add to the flammability of fabrics such as cotton, terry cloth, or velour.

Another online claim states that the use of fabric softener sheets will create a buildup of invisible film on your dryer’s lint screen. This alleged buildup prevents the water from flowing through the lint screen properly and creates a backup, which can also lead to a dryer fire. The claim further states that dryer owners should remove the lint screen and brush clean with a soap and water solution at least every six months. A thorough cleaning is always a good idea. These claims, however, can be misleading, and, even though, they contain some useful tips, they are not entirely accurate.

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Topics: Dryer Vent Cleaning, Maintenance, Home Improvement

Why It's Best to Hire a Professional Pressure Washing Service

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 26, 2013 12:52:00 PM

pressure washing Jacksonville FLEvery homeowner knows that no matter how much you clean the outside of your home, over time, dirt will accumulate that you just can't remove on your own. Oil from vehicles and rust from machines or downspouts can stain your driveway. Dirt, mold and mildew can darken your siding and your roof. Decks can age from damage from the sun and rain. These things can make your home look old, tired and undermine your curb appeal. Now there's no doubt that you will have to deal with this, but many homeowners face the question of how?

A pressure washer is one of the best tools for jobs like this. If you've gone to one of those car washes where you hold the hose to rinse off your car, you've used a pressure washer before. Pressure washers used at home are usually gas-powered devices that pressurize water and send it through a hose to a wand with a trigger where the user can direct the spray. Sometimes the pressure washer has attachments that are used for adding detergents and many times there are a variety of nozzle tips and attachments to use on the end of the wand. The nozzle tips restrict the water flow making the pressurized water more or less powerful. Some end attachments can be used to pressure wash your driveway in Jacksonville. Used properly, they can clean driveways, siding and decks.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Improvement, Pressure Washing

Roof Cleaning Methods Defined and Which is Best

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 20, 2013 12:43:00 PM

roof cleaning JacksonvilleCongratulations on your new home! It’s bright and clean and just what you wanted. But, as we all know, time goes by and things begin to change. With regular maintenance, you should be able to keep your yard and siding looking new, but your roof may begin to develop dark brown or green streaks over time. While some of this is dirt, dust and pollen, much of it is lichen and algae. And while the dirt may wash off the next time it rains, the algae is there to stay. This can make your home look much older and detract from the overall appearance. Not only that, but algae and lichen can shorten the lifespan of your roof, causing you to replace your shingles more often. If you notice your roof beginning to look streaked and dark, you might want to consider roof cleaning Jacksonville FL with First Coast Home Pros.

Cleaning your roof isn’t something you want to make a quick decision about. Many cleaning services offer roof cleaning, but, in many instances, choosing the wrong one can void the warranty on your shingles and even damage the underlayers of the roof. In other cases, strong chemicals can damage the adhesive that holds particles to the shingles and kill the vegetation around your home. Picking the correct method can help lengthen the life of your roof and save you money.

There are three main types of roof cleaning Jacksonville FL and a large debate on which to use.

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Topics: Roof Cleaning, Maintenance, Home Improvement

Cleaning Air Ducts Helps Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 18, 2013 11:34:00 AM

air duct cleaning JacksonvilleFor many homeowners who suffer from allergies, they find that air duct cleaning Jacksonville Beach FL helps them to breathe easier after the cleaning is completed. Even though many homeowners report an improvement in the quality of air inside of the home, many people aren’t convinced about how effective the cleaning truly is for their home. Air duct cleaning Jacksonville Beach FL can help to improve overall health and prevent the symptoms of asthma. Even though it might cost you a little out of pocket for the cleaning initially, the benefits can exceed the amount of money you have to spend in the beginning.

Many experts will tell you that getting rid of mold, which is one of the common triggers in asthma attacks, is one of the main reasons to have your ducts cleaned. If you notice visible signs of mold on your ducts or other components of the HVAC system, if the system has had a lot of mice making their way through it, or if you notice an extensive amount of dust exiting through the supply diffusers, you need to get an air duct cleaning Jacksonville Beach FL. Visible mold growth is going to occur if there is a lot of moisture entering the HVAC system somewhere along the line, so you want to get everything inspected and taken care of right away to prevent further problems.

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Topics: house cleaning, Maintenance, Air Duct Cleaning, Home Improvement

Top Reasons to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 16, 2013 12:54:00 PM

air duct cleaning Jacksonville BeachYou will be surprised to learn how many people overlook their air duct system. In an effort to complete your fall cleaning and decorate for the holidays, you might actually forget to clear your system.

However, forgetting to clean your air ducts can create problems for you, your family, and your cooling unit over time. The most important reason to get your air ducts cleaned is for indoor air quality control purposes.

You want the air you breathe to be fresh and clean, not stale and dry. For some people, their allergies are triggered by the particles in the atmosphere that are disbursed when they turn on their air conditioning units.

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Topics: Maintenance, Air Duct Cleaning, Home Improvement

Gutter Cleaning: Preventative Maintenance Goes a Long Way

Posted by Josh Kennedy

Dec 13, 2013 12:53:00 PM

gutter cleaning JacksonvilleNow that fall is over and the trees have shed their leaves, you can start the last of your outdoor cleaning projects before winter. After the yard is raked, the leaves are bagged, and hauled away, it’s time to clean up one last mess that leaves leave behind: gutter cleaning for you Jacksonville, Florida home.

Gutters are an important part of maintaining your home, one that for the most part, goes unnoticed until something goes wrong. And when gutters become damaged, it affects the way your house looks, can become dangerous, and costs you money.

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Topics: Gutter Cleaning, Maintenance, Home Improvement

Tips and Tricks for Carpet Cleaning

Posted by Nathan McKay

Dec 9, 2013 12:30:00 PM

carpet cleaning JacksonvilleKeeping your carpet clean is a never-ending battle. Dirt gets ground in when you walk across it, your pets have accidents, and the kids spill juice and drop messy food on it. And, with your hectic life, you don't have time to vacuum or spot clean it as often as you should. Carpet should have a lifespan of about 12 years, but in less than half that time, it can end up a stained and smelly eyesore. Before it's a lost cause, there are steps you can take to keep your carpet looking good.

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Topics: Carpet Cleaning, house cleaning, Maintenance, Housekeeping

15 Things You Should Clean More Often

Posted by Nathan McKay

Dec 8, 2013 2:06:00 PM

clean door knob in Jacksonville homeWe all know there are those things you should clean that just slip between the cracks, and really don't get =maintained as often as they should, things like carpet cleaning in your Jacksonville home. Here's a list of 15 items that you really shouldn't ignore, and how often they should be cleaned.

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Topics: Cleaning Blinds, Carpet Cleaning, house cleaning, Maintenance, house cleaning Jacksonville, blind cleaning Jacksonville, carpet cleaning Jacksonville

Tips on Staying Organized Through the Holidays

Posted by Nathan McKay

Dec 4, 2013 5:23:00 AM

clean house and tree JacksonvilleWith special events lined up at the Performing Arts Center, and our lighted boat parade advertised everywhere, there’s no escaping that the holiday season is on its way. House cleaning Jacksonville homes isn't on many minds, but it's an important preparation. If “decking the halls” equates to untangling tinsel for you, fear not. There are several ways to make decorating less stressful this time around, and even easier next year.

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Topics: Maintenance, home cleaning Jacksonville, Home Improvement

Tips for Removing Cobwebs

Posted by Nathan McKay

Oct 20, 2013 10:02:00 AM

house cleaning JacksonvilleHousecleaning isn’t everyone’s favorite subject to talk about at the dining table, but it is a part of everyday life. You want to keep your living and working environment as clean and germ free as possible. Mopping, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and knocking down cobwebs are all in a day’s work. Fortunately, you do not have to bow down to cleaning your home, or knocking down webs. Let a professional home cleaning service company in Jacksonville do the work for you.

You might not be aware of how unsightly cobwebs are, until you actually notice them hanging behind your living room door or in a corner space inside your garage. Where there are webs, there are usually spiders nearby.  With winter creeping in, you do not want a nest of spiders creeping in your home as well. Listed below are a few tips for removing webs.

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Topics: Jacksonville housekeeping, house cleaning, Maintenance, home cleaning Jacksonville

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