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A Simple Schedule For Crawl Space and Attic Maintenance
We’ve heard lots of homeowners ask how often they should be checking in on their crawl spaces and attics. When should insulation be replaced? In which seasons should they pay more attention? How do they know when to do a thorough inspection, rather than a brief peek?
We thought that creating a simple schedule for your crawl space and attic maintenance would help homeowners just like you feel confident in their ability to adequately care for their homes.
Please note: This schedule is only recommended for those homeowners who recently had their crawl spaces and attics cleaned and insulated. We do not recommend that homeowners enter into an unsafe crawl space or attic at any time. Signs of an unsafe attic can include but is not limited to, mold growth, pests, asbestos insulation, standing water or sewage, improper or loose wiring, and structural collapse. These signs indicate that you should seek the assistance of a professional home inspector or crawl space and attic service company.
Spring Cleaning Check In
Spring is a wet season and the time of the year that many homeowners are thinking about spring cleaning. Add your crawl space and attic to your cleaning checklist to make sure that you’ve come through the winter unscathed. Look for signs of leaks and cracks. Take a good sniff as well — if you smell damp or musty odors, it may be a sign that water’s getting into the area. In this case, it’s best to schedule a free inspection with one of our crawl space professionals.
Winter Prep Check In
The fall months are often wet and dismal and these conditions drive everyone, including wildlife, indoors. Check your crawl space and attic every fall to ensure that it’s properly sealed up against the rain, wet, and rodents or other pests that would seek to take refuge in your home.
It’s a good idea to investigate your crawl space and attic areas every six months. Bring a flashlight, unless your spaces have wired lighting, and take a good look around. Be on the lookout for signs of water, pests, or mold. These are big red flags that should be investigated and rectified quickly.
Rough weather: Had a lot of wind and rain recently? It’s best to check in on your crawl space and attic to make sure that you don’t have any leaks occurring. Strong winds can displace shingles on the roof, and lots of rain can cause flooding. It’s always better to catch these issues sooner rather than later – it can save you thousands of dollars on repairs.
Signs of pests: When you start seeing tell-tale signs of pests, whether mice, rats, ants, or spiders, you may want to check out your attic and crawl space. Both of these areas are havens to pests of all kinds, and they are the first area of the home to attract pests. If you find that you have an infestation, give our pest control team a call.
Unpleasant odors: If you’re smelling unpleasant odors in your home, check your crawl space and attic. These two areas are responsible for much of the air flow through the home, so a rotting smell in just one area can quickly spread to the whole house.
Your home seems hotter/colder than the weather warrants: If you find that your home suddenly seems to be requiring more energy to keep it cool/warm, displaced insulation in either the attic or the crawl space could be the culprit. There are a variety of reasons this could occur, the most likely of which is pests or water damage. Either way, a quick check could help you nip this problem in the bud.
Your Crawl Space and Attic Maintenance Resource
At Clean Crawls, we’re happy to offer our expertise to our neighbors throughout the Pacific Northwest. If you find that your crawl space or attic may need attention, call our team to schedule a completely free inspection. We’ll help you assess the issues at hand, and if steps need to be taken, we will give you a competitive quote with a guarantee of quality services.
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