The rainy season in the Pacific Northwest is upon us. I know, already? While the temps are mild and the rain hasn’t completely ruined our sunny days yet, now is the best time to perform routine home maintenance to get your home ready for rain.
Clearing your gutters is a well-known maintenance tip to prevent clogging and ultimately mildew and mud. If your gutters are too heavy, they may also bend or break, rendering them completely ineffective. Gutters are necessary to every home in the PNW, so take the necessary steps now so that you can don’t pay a bigger price – due to damage – later.
Safely climb a latter and simply clean the leaves, dirt or other debris from the gutter. Check the downspout as this area will also clog. For more information on how to care for your gutters, read our detailed instructions here.
If climbing a latter isn’t your thing, or if you’d just prefer a professional ensure your gutters are clean and functioning properly, we can recommend a professional we trust to take care of your home, and prevent the rain from making an entrance. To see a list of contractors we recommend, visit us online at responsiblecontractors.com, or call us for a specific referral.
Thoroughly clean your windows by removing dirt and debris from the windowsills and especially in the tracks of sliding doors. Check the caulk and weather stripping for any gaps. Taking care of this now will make your windows more efficient and prevent cold air and rain from sneaking inside.
If you’re in an older home, or maybe you just want a new look, consider replacing windows with new energy efficient and high-quality ones. Contact a window and door expert in your area to get a professional opinion on your window needs.
Air ducts and registers, motors and fans may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris and become a source of indoor air pollution. Duct cleaning contractors offer a variety of services including cleaning, sealing and filter replacement. Some insulated air ducts that get wet may need to be replaced. Duct cleaning should be done by a professional if you suspect or see any visible mold growth. Don’t forget to change air filters regularly and keep up on dusting and vacuuming which will help minimize duct contamination.
Quick Tip: Consider having your duct work sealed if you have an older home. It will increase the efficiency of your heating system and decrease access for the creepy crawlers.
For more information about home maintenance, visit our website for a list of reliable contractors.