While the spring equinox isn’t until Thursday, March 19, Washington’s wildflowers are already bursting to life. The state’s longer days and rising temperatures make spring the ideal time to inspect your home’s essential systems to ensure optimal performance. It’s also a good idea to consider insulation services. After you’ve checked these maintenance suggestions off your to-do list, you’ll have more time to celebrate the arrival of spring, perhaps by attending one of these events or hiking in the Washington Cascades.
Suggestions for Exterior Maintenance
Inspect Your Roof
The roof cannot defend your home from the elements if damages or leaks are present. Prevent the potential for significant issues by regularly inspecting the roof for missing or curled shingles, excessive granule loss, and signs of storm damage. You can do this safely from the ground using a pair of binoculars.
Clean Your Gutters
Lakewood receives about 40 inches of rain each year. That water is directed away from your roof and foundation through a system of channels. Clogged gutters can block this flow of water and, over time, cause substantial damage. The best prevention method is to clean the gutters once in the fall and again in the spring.
Suggestions for Interior Maintenance
Insulation services are a cost-effective way to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home. There are plenty of options for adding or replacing attic insulation. Whether you choose blanket or blown-in insulation, the key is to meet Energy Star’s R-value recommendations, which range from R38 to R60 in Washington.
Replace Seals Around Windows and Doors
Weatherstripping may have cracked as a result of the area’s cold weather. Spring is an ideal time to inspect these materials and, if needed, replace them. That will prevent air from being lost through any gaps around the windows and doors of your home. You can find everything you need at most any local home improvement or hardware store.
Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, sound attenuation and replacement windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, please contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations.