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March 26, 2020

Gutter Cleaning: Cutting a Path Through Clogs

As we roll into December, North America is divided into those who are putting on their snow suits and those that are throwing on their gardening gloves. Planting season might be over but the time for tidying is not. Whether you have experienced your first snow fall or not, there is never a bad time to give your gutters a little T.L.C..

Professional gutter cleaning services are able to remove even the trickiest of clogs and blockages. Natural beauty and landscapes are part of what make the West such a great place to call home but plant life around properties can do a lot of damage to perimeter drains and systems. Luckily, there are Gorillas in your area, ready and willing to empty pipes and scrub those gutters clean.

Gutter Blockages: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There is no end to what you might find stuffed into your perimeter drains. Depending on the type of plant life that surrounds your property, owners and managers can expect a ton of different types of debris. All items, great and small contribute to blockages in their own way.

Needles and Twigs: Pine trees and firs are a staple of the Canadian identity but they are also part of what plagues perimeter drains. As seasons change (or weather becomes turbulent) needles are shaken off of branches, which make their way onto rooftops and ultimately into gutters. Part of the problem with these needles is their size and weight. These items fall to the bottom of drains, building up a layer and holding onto moisture, even trapping other, lighter items.

Pine Cones and Seed Pods: If needles cling to the bottom of drains, then pinecones sit on top of this bottom layer. These larger items act as hurdles for both other items, as well as rain fall and snow melt.

Leaves: Leaves are some of the lightest debris that you can expect to find in gutters but they are also some of the most common. As water flows, it carries leaves into both covered and uncovered areas of your system. Even if you can’t see clogs forming, there may be something happening behind the scenes in downspouts.

Gorillas Vs. Gutters

Instead of letting clogs form, opt for at least once annual gutter cleaning. Our team of local property care experts have all the tools and techniques to vacuum up any and all debris that is preventing your system from running smoothly. From here, any sitting dust or dirt can be scrubbed away, leaving behind a clean slate.

Commercial Window Cleaning: No Pain, All Gain

There is a lot of pressure put on storefronts throughout the year. Each season takes its toll, leaving stains and discolourations behind. Taking a bucket of hot water, rag or brush to windows in summer is simple enough, but as temperatures dip, commercial property owners have more to worry about.

The wrong technique can not only leave your windows looking dingy but it can also mean unforeseen dangers, for both your glass and passersby. Choosing professional commercial window cleaning means that your glass is treated properly, without damage to materials or protective coatings and without creating an ice rink right outside your front door.

Staying Clean, Even in the Cold

When the sun is out and weather is warm, dirt, dust and bird droppings are the prime culprits for window stains. As temperatures drop, not much changes. Glass is subject to salt stains, handprints and all manner of markings. Stains are bound to happen but letting them sit sends the wrong message about your property.

In a competitive climate, something as simple as a clean slate can make a world of difference to the foot traffic outside. Natural stains are bad enough but graffiti is worse. Trying to remove either of these with an amateur approach can mean damage as well as a bad picture. Water marks, streaks and debris shoved into corners look terrible but they also cause unnecessary wear and tear to glass.

No matter the time of year, there is a way to get the job done! From manmade stains to natural markings, clean windows are the key to a great display. If your glass is suffering, look no further than a friendly, neighbourhood Gorilla for help.

Great Results, Excellent Customer Service

As small business owners, our Gorilla crews understand how important consistency and presentation are. Instead of being put on-hold, our experienced crews are quick to perform on-call window cleaning, as well as scheduled services, for the best results possible.

Rubber tools neutralize static, preventing airborne items from clinging to glass, making them look messy again. Eco-friendly cleansers are effective without being harsh on materials. Instead of being trapped at the ground level, our team of highly trained Gorillas are able to reach windows up to four storeys with the help of water-fed poles and lifts. No matter the size or scale of your commercial window cleaning, our Gorillas are always fully insured and pride themselves on operating safely.

Bundling Winter Services

Cold temperatures may have hit already but it is not too late to protect your property from frigid winter weather. Instead of focusing on the obvious setbacks of snowfall, it is important to take a wider view of your outdoor space. Don’t wait for melting season to showcase potential damage, when you can call a Gorilla to treat your exterior spaces from the ground, up.

What Are Winter Services?

It is easy to think that home and property care during cold months only refers to snow and ice management but this just isn’t the case. Neglecting certain aspects of property care throughout winter can mean a whole lot of headaches in spring. Avoid a mess by consulting a Gorilla for your cold weather care:

De-Gunking Gutters: The cold season can be temperamental. As temperatures drop below freezing overnight, property owners can expect snow fall and ice formation but daytime hours are a different story. Warm, sunny afternoons can melt snow, particularly on roofing, which means moisture makes its way into gutters. A quick cleaning in the Fall can remove any gutter clutter that had collected during Spring and Summer months. A clear path for water to flow out and away from roofing and fixtures prevents rot, water damage and even pest infestations.

Roof Cleaning: Roof cleaning is often neglected during regular maintenance practices but roofing should draw focus at any time of year. When exposed to moisture, organic debris begins to rot and can lead to moss formation and spreading. Removing organics before a heavy snowfall helps to limit issues but snow on its own can also be an issue. Accumulating snow can slide from slopes, potentially harming those below. Calling a professional to remove snow buildup protects visitors – as well as owners by keeping them off of roofing.

Snow Clearing and Salting: Proper snow removal and de-icing are the main culprits of winter services. Getting a jump on salting means not waiting until someone takes a tumble around your home or commercial space. After years in the industry, our Gorillas know how to spot a potential problem area from a mile away. Slopes and inclines can collect water, creating ice rinks around virtually any outdoor space. Proper inspection can help to eliminate these risks while snow clearing creates passable pathways for guests, tenants and customers.

Choosing Local Services

If property care were simple and easy, everyone would do it! One chore is enough but several can seen overwhelming. Calling an expert means having access to all the necessary health and safety features and tools to get the best results for several jobs, all at once. Bundling services means a clean sweep across your space by fully insured and expert technicians.

Contact your local Gorilla experts today to find out if snow removal services are available in your area.

Getting Rid of Repeat Graffiti

Getting hit with graffiti once is bad but getting it repeatedly is frustrating. Street artists are often stubborn and it is not uncommon for a clean wall to be treated like a blank canvas. Getting hit with an unwanted paint job can be a shock to any property owner, but when it becomes a regular occurrence, you are in trouble!

Why Are You a Target

There are plenty of reasons that your home or storefront might become a target for street artists. Some of these attractants might be within your control while others, unfortunately, just can’t be changed.

When it comes to unwanted tags or designs, your property might be hit while your neighbour is not. Favouritism among graffiti vandals is common but there are a few things to consider when your space is constantly being splashed by paint.

Location: High traffic areas tend to mean more graffiti and it isn’t that surprising. The higher the population or visibility, the higher your risk of getting “tagged”. Owning property in the downtown core means being at constant risk of vandalism but that does not mean that residential areas are out of the woods. While you can’t change the location of your space, there are some deterrents that you can install, such as motion lights or cameras.

Sitting Paint: Depending on the size and style of the graffiti on your walls, it is simple enough to just ignore these designs. While you might be able to by-pass paint, other artists might not. Street artists are highly competitive so having a sitting tag might attract the attention of other vandals in the area. This makes getting rid of older graffiti, all the more important.

No matter the underlying reason, graffiti is bad once but it is worse when it is a regular occurrence. Instead of suffering through repeat performances, our Gorillas have come up with a system that helps to treat spray paint no matter how often it happens.

Getting Rid of Graffiti: The Gorilla Guarantee

Property maintenance is tough to keep up with at the best of times. From exterior care to updates and repair, owners and managers are left running all year long – so why let a street artist ruin your scenery?

Choosing a Gorilla for your graffiti removal needs means getting rid of paint, old and new. More than just helping to remove initial paint stains, our specialists work to eliminate shadowing, overspray and to finish off services with an anti-graffiti coating. This coating will not prevent spray paint from happening but it does make removal that much easier. Take the process from difficult, to simple, with one call to a graffiti removal expert.

The Importance of Keeping Things Clean

All across the world, bacteria is enemy #1. As cold and flu season comes around again, it is more important than ever to scrub exterior spaces, creating clean environments for tenants, guests, customers or friends and family. Even when you can’t see buildup, there are still harmful germs sitting nearby.

Covering your nose during a cough or sneeze can limit the amount of exposure to bacteria but there are plenty of other ways to transmit germs. For example, simply using a door handle can mean unknowingly picking up tons of bacteria. It is common enough to clean these areas with disinfectant sprays or wipes but walls and other exterior surfaces are more difficult to clean.

Calling in a property maintenance expert for your exterior maintenance and care means tackling even the toughest areas and the most sensitive materials. Taking an ordinary scrub brush and basic cleansers to tough textures like stucco or stubborn stains on concrete, will not get the results that you want. Opting for professional care means getting the best results for soft washing and pressure washing needs, with an eco-friendly edge.

Proper Outdoor Cleaning Practices

Whether you are running a business or are just looking to create a safe home environment, proper cleaning practices are key. Construction materials are built tough to withstand the elements but they are still vulnerable to power tools like pressure washers. These high-powered machines are great for certain areas but can cause large-scale damage to others.

Pressure Washing: This method uses high-pressure sprays and is best suited for harder, more durable materials like concrete. Even a single treatment can wash away years of build-up and even dangerous, invasive growth like algae. Algae creates slippery surfaces, paving the way for dangerous slips and falls. Blast it away with a careful approach and the right technique.

Soft Washing: House washing means dealing with multiple construction materials with all sort of textures to contend with. Whether it is stucco, siding or just an aging area, low-flow sprays are able to treat these areas, leaving them looking better than ever. More than just visual appeal, digging deep into these areas means eliminating ground-in dirt, mildew and bacteria.

Pre-Winter Preparation

The end of summer brings on first frosts and a long list of household to-dos. From back to school shopping to building up winter wardrobes and holiday prep, the needs of your home or property tend to take a back seat. Instead of scrambling to tackle last minute jobs or dealing with the consequences of neglect, call a Gorilla to organize, plan and treat homes, commercial spaces or multi-unit properties.

After years in the industry, our experts have property maintenance and care down to a science. It isn’t possible to “beat” the elements but there is a right way and a wrong way to get the job done. A properly balanced schedule and the right treatment technique can help to prolong the lifespan of your materials, boost your curb appeal and cut costs on unnecessary or premature repairs and replacements.

Where to Focus Before Winter

Whether you are centrally located or are at home on the coast, North American winters are tough. In addition to freezing temperatures, property owners have to deal with excessive moisture, slippery surfaces and invasive growth.

Dealing with Damp: Whether it is rain in the Fall or frost, condensation or snow melt, wet is a reality around exteriors. Tougher construction materials are built to withstand difficult weather but even concrete and roofing need a bit of help. The most common culprits for invasive growth are moss and algae. Moss commonly takes hold of roof surfaces, weaving in, under and around shingling, damaging roofing and paving the way for water damage. Professional roof cleaning takes a gentle approach to moss removal. This service should be applied at least once per year in order to keep clutter to a minimum.

Getting Rid of Growth: A non-abrasive approach might help to remove moss from traditional roofing but harder surfaces on the ground require a tougher approach. Algae takes hold on harder surfaces, coating concrete and creating slippery surfaces. This is a danger to tenants, guests and customers, but pressure washing can help.

Grappling with Gutters: The purpose of an eavestrough or gutter system is to transport excess water away from sensitive areas, keeping structures in great condition. When gutters become clogged, sitting water weighs down fixtures and leaves water to sit against vulnerable materials, weakening, softening and ultimately damaging them.

Instead of focusing on one area, property owners have the option of bundling services together, in order to get the best results for your home, commercial or multi-unit space.

Scheduled Snow Removal & Salting Services

Winter weather has a tendency to creep up. It might only feel like a matter of days between your last beach day and needing to scrape frost off your windshield. No matter how much you bundle when those temperatures drop, no one is ready for the year’s first heavy snow fall – and the same can be said for your property.

With sporadic cold snaps and large dumps of snow, it can feel impossible to keep on top of accumulation, but hiring a professional snow removal service can help. A surprise snow fall can mean calling in emergency services but scheduled care can help to keep high-traffic areas running smoothly.

Understanding Your Responsibilities

Local governments and city services might provide snow clearing services for public areas and communal property but privately owned spaces are responsible for keeping their own spaces clean. More so than only focusing on snow, ice needs to be taken care of as well.

Impassable walkways or slippery surfaces are subject to both by-laws and issues of liability. Some property owners will go their entire lives without violating a by-law but some are not as lucky. It can be easy to let things slip and without proper knowledge of the rules in your region, an accidental violation can occur, resulting in heavy fines and a whole lot of headache.

By-laws are in place in order to keep people safe. Wading through knee-high snow can lead to sprains, strains, general annoyance -and soaked shoes! In order to keep spaces safe and passable, regular removal needs to happen, as well as salting for those slippery areas. Avoid hassle and personal injury by having a Gorilla handle your winter maintenance needs.

Customized Care

Depending on your region and the size of your property, our team of experts are able to provide a long list of accessible tools and techniques to keep your home or commercial space running smoothly. From larger areas to more simple spaces like single walkways, there is nothing that our specialists can’t handle.

In order to get the best results for our clients, Gorillas monitor incoming weather patterns, anticipating the needs of their communities. Instead of being blindsided, our experts are hard at work creating treatment plans and schedules designed to care for homes, retail and industrial properties and even complicated areas like condo complexes. Help keep your customers happy and tenants on their feet with a bit of help from a Gorilla!

Collecting Clutter

With Summer days coming to a close, it is time for property owners to start thinking about seasonal maintenance. Warmer weather has likely seen the need for continued lawn maintenance but roofing likely hasn’t gotten much attention. There are plenty of reasons that roofing is ignored but the most obvious is heights. Whether climbing a single storey or higher, slips and falls are a reality – so leave it to the pros!

The main culprit in roof damage is moss but this invasive growth does not just happen overnight. In order to keep your home, commercial or multi-unit space in good shape, regular roof care is a must. Whether clearing clutter or managing moss, there is a right way and a wrong way to get things done. Avoid unnecessary damage by leaving the heavy lifting to an experienced Gorilla.

What is Hiding Out Under Clutter?

Roof clutter is one of those unavoidable facts of life. Depending on the type of plant life around your space, you can expect everything from a full dump of leaves during Fall to needles and pine cones through the Summer. Organics are dependent on moisture to survive and that doesn’t stop just because they’ve fallen off.

As organic castoff sits on surfaces, it holds onto moisture, creating a damp, inviting space for mold to take hold. Instead of staying in one place, invasive growth likes to spread itself across surfaces, weaving over and under shingling until it reaches the vulnerable areas underneath. Even a bit of neglect can damage decking, leading to leaks, water damage, mold and flooding.

While moss might cause softening and damage all on its own, that is nothing compared to the damage caused by improper removal techniques. The most common tool for amateur removal are metal, wire brushes. These might pull up the beginnings of growth but it also tugs at softened materials, creating hole for water and even pests to sneak into.

Avoid the Worst Case with Routine Care

By opting for twice annual roof treatments, property owners can keep their homes and workplaces in good standing, all year long. The right approach comes along with a proper assessment. Experienced technicians know what to look for when treating roofing. From aged materials to softened surfaces, our experts can spot vulnerable areas, avoiding unnecessary damage.

Instead of simply moving debris from one area to another, clutter is collected and bagged, leaving properties as fresh as ever. More than just great results, fully insured service provides peace of mind to clients.

The Right Tools For Window Cleaning

Everyone wants sparkling clean glass but getting there is an uphill battle. Between natural debris, man-made stains and bird droppings, there is always something obstructing your view. More than just offering a glimpse into the outside world, clean panes can help to regulate lighting and heat, keeping costs down and tenants happy!

One of the biggest obstacles that property owners have when it comes to cleaning windows, is heights. It is easy enough to wipe down panes at the ground level but as soon as a ladder is added to the mix, it makes a world of difference. When you want the best for your glass, it is important to consider both the process and the results:

The Right Process: It is easy to pop up up on tip-toes to reach the windows of a front room or kneel down to clean away a patio door. Plenty of property owners are perfectly fine with using a kitchen step ladder to reach upper areas but anything more than this can be dangerous. For homes or commercial properties that have multiple levels, a basic ladder can get you up high enough but there is no guarantee that you will be safe when you are up there. Professional window washing services use stand-offs and attachments to ensure that our technicians are safe every step of the way.

The Right Results: Basic blue glass cleaners are a dime a dozen and there are even more DIY recipes for cleaners available online. As much as you might want to tackle your washing needs with a natural oil and vinegar based approach, this isn’t always the way to get results. Even with a heavy-duty glass cleaner, the wrong technique can render all of your hard work useless. The friction of wiping back and forth creates static cling that draws airborne debris right back to surfaces.

The Gorilla Tool Kit

Professional service means highly-trained staff and a wide range of tools, specially designed for each service type. The key to clean and happy windows is rubber. Initially, this might sound strange but rubber neutralizes static. Using a rubber squeegee eliminates static and is able to dig deep into edges and angles, pulling out even the most stubborn debris.

When it comes to hitting those heights, water-fed extendable poles are used to scrub surfaces up to four storeys. More than just focusing on glass alone, our Gorillas treat window frames and sills as well. Eco-friendly cleansers strip away years of buildup and debris, all while being sensitive to the environment.

Graffiti : Art Vs. Annoyance

Since the 1970’s, street art has moved to the forefront of the art world, marrying culture and colour to create beautiful murals all across the world. Some of these might be outdoors on commission, as a part of a festival or might be done on canvas for a gallery showing, but they are different than the unwanted paint jobs seen on the street.

For graffiti artists, every blank wall is a new canvas. It may be a public building, a billboard, or a train car but more often than not, these paint jobs fall on the sides of homes and businesses. Tons of property owners are keen to spruce up their space but tags and offensive designs are not the way to do it.

Tags: For many street artists, a tag is not only their signature – it is their brand. Some vandals are after quantity instead of quality. This can mean having small marks splashed across tons of properties while others are large, colourful and can take up whole walls. More than being ugly, tags invite competition. Artists are creative but they also like to claim territory. One tag will attract another and another – and another! – until you are dealing with layers of tough-to-remove-paint.

Offensive Symbols/Designs: Plenty of vandalism is done purely for shock value. Some vandals are out to prove a point or make a statement and this is often done through offensive text or designs. These are not only ugly but they can ruin the first impression that your property has on the outside world. A bad reputation is bad for homes but it is even worst for businesses. Hateful patterns can drive business away, ruining your sales day and making life more difficult than it needs to be.

Places to Paint

Instead of fighting street art, some communities are leaning in! Community graffiti walls are popping up from coast to coast, displaying local talent in a controlled way, but when paint spills out of these areas and onto your property, it takes a Gorilla to get it off.

One of the best aspects of a Gorilla-Grade clean is that it is done in a multi-step, environmentally friendly approach. Eco-friendly cleansers and disinfectants break down obvious surface stains, allowing experts to assess the severity of your stains underneath. From here, the right tool for the job is chosen, whether it be a pressure washer or a new paint job, our highly-trained crews get the best results every time.

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