While the Pacific Northwest is known for being beautiful, it is also known for being VERY rainy. With average precipitation levels around seven feet per year, there are plenty of wet days. And while that can contribute to the lush landscape, it can be tough on houses.
Housing is near and dear to our hearts, and as we enter the spring season (or the rainy season) as it can commonly be considered here in the Pacific Northwest, we want to share some helpful tips for protecting your house from the elements.
Inspect your house exterior
If your siding and exterior is rotting or warped, water can seep inside. Believe it or not, small leaks and cracks can lead to big damage. One of your best lines of defense is to check for damage to your siding and repair any affected areas. It is also recommended to keep up with painting your house (we have some great options 😊). In addition to adding an aesthetic appeal, it seals and protects the siding against inclement weather such as rain, sleet and snow.
Maintain your roof
Most roofs have a lifespan of 20-25 years; however, a roof is designed to protect the interior of your house from the elements. Therefore, it is important to have your roof inspected regularly. Replacing shingles that are in poor condition can extend the life of your roof, while preventing damage to the structure of your house. Fixing minor issues now can prevent big issues down the road.
Seal your windows and doors
Check your windows and doors for water leakage. Ensure the weatherstripping and seals around your windows and doors are in good shape as water can seep through if not properly sealed. Caulking between the window and siding can also help prevent leakage.
Clean your gutters regularly
Clean, functioning gutters are essential to protecting your home from rain and snow damage. It is important to clear out debris and obstructions and use a pressure washer to clean gutters. This will allow rain and water to filter through the downspout and away from your home.
Check your yard for proper drainage
If there are areas of your yard that tend to pool up or drain slowly, it could become an issue. It is best to consider installing solutions such as smart vents, a French drain or contact a drainage specialist.
As always, if you have any questions or need assistance, you can stop by any of our PARR locations for guidance and supplies.
Stay dry and let the countdown to summer begin.