American Heritage Fireplace's chimney technicians scour soot and finesse flues to leave home heaters clean and free of excessive soot and creosote build up. After arriving at abodes, an experienced sweep performs a visual inspection of the chimney interior and exterior, as well as any connected fireplace or wood stove. Then they’ll prep the work area to corral dust and debris and manually scrub Santa chutes with a brush perched atop a graphite rod. The sweeping process ferrets out ash, creosote, and minor clogs, such as bird nests, squirrel nests, and licorice-rope nests; an industrial vacuum devours the falling particles.
The grassplot professionals at Green Machine Landscaping prep lawns to grow their greenest come springtime. During the aeration process, landscapers loosen tightly compacted soil and thatch in order to allow better permeation by water, oxygen, and magic beans. Newly decompressed soil extends an invitation for grass to grow healthier and for nutrients to transfer more effectively, which can help curb future infestations of crabgrass and weeds. Because no two yards are exactly alike, Green Machine's timely lawn tenders apply custom treatment to each tract to best serve its individual needs, whether it requires more water, has sandy soil, or just needs constant reassurance that its haircut looks good.
Husband-and-wife team Molly and Kerry Lovell fortify homes’ structures and beautify their exteriors with services honed by more than 25 years of industry experience. The duo’s passion for maintaining homesteads extends to the study of repairing and installing plumbing, fixing electrical systems, woodworking, and constructing undetectable swiveling bookcases. Together with a hand-selected roster of tradespeople—including Molly’s brother, a master tile setter of 30 years—the Lovells venture into homes and battle disrepair. The fully insured and licensed team of wood, fabric, and metal manipulators travels from home to home strengthening pipework and paint jobs after drafting a free estimate whenever possible. Homeowners seem satisfied, since the company was voted one of 2012's and 2013's Best Handyman Services by Northwest Herald readers.
Dingy carpets, grimy kitchens, and dryer ducts clogged with lint: the many arms of Chicagoland Cleaners can restore them all to sparkling-clean purity. With a focus on using advanced equipment and eco-friendly products wherever possible, the cleaners create peaceful, pristine environments inside and outside homes. Interior housecleaning services are as diverse as regular maid service and deep cleaning, including hardwood-floor waxing in preparation for sock-sliding relays. The crew purges air-duct systems with HEPA dustless technology, which safely removes debris and spores without releasing byproducts into the surrounding area. High-powered pressure is also available for washing homes’ exteriors or purging driveways, patios, and walls of caked-on dirt and modernist avian art.
Window Genie’s scum-busters arrive to each job in a clearly marked chariot armed with the necessary equipment to tackle exterior household dust and decay. Pane pamperers kick off a window cleaning for homes up to two stories by scraping off tree sap, bird droppings, and other hard-to-clean debris with a specially designed blade that moonlights as a shiv stunt double in prison movies. Then, they’ll suds up sills to wipe away dust and accumulated grime, and they'll scrub soiled screens for an extra fee ($1 each). An exterior-only clean endows fixed-plate windows ($2.75 each), double-hung windows ($4.50 each), and triple-track storm windows ($12 each) with enough sparkle to make diamond-encrusted neighbors jealous. Or, homeowners can opt for an interior-exterior cleaning, and careful cleaners will shed shoes before entering abodes to avoid leaving footprints on carpet ($5–$18/window).
A smudged window or chandelier can mar the perfection of a domestic scene. The insured cleaners from Squeeky Clean Windows work to restore a clean look to homes and businesses, scrubbing light fixtures and windows until they’re shiny and streak-free. The techs' expertise includes the likes of double-pane, french-style, and storm windows. Additionally, they keep gutters free of leaves and other debris—helping prevent damage to the roof or the large hat resting atop your chimney.