Home Siding and Crawlspace Tips
Summer home maintenance just got easier with these valuable tips on maintaining a home's siding and what to look for in a crawlspace.
- When cleaning a home's siding, work from the bottom up when applying the cleaner and from the top down when rinsing to avoid streaks. For the tougher spots use a scrubber.
- Siding is notorious for soaking up mold and mildew. Cleaning it properly every summer can keep them away, help prevent staining or etching, and keep the siding looking brand new.
- Crawlspaces with dirt floors are tremendous sources of moisture. The surface might appear dry but most often moist earth isn't too far below. Moisture in a crawlspace affects not only the flooring right above it but can affect the entire house.
- It is a good idea to buy a vapor barrier if one is not already in place. A vapor barrier can be made out of a variety of materials from foil to plastic. It acts as a physical shield against moisture.
- Check for signs of termites in the crawlspace.
- If you have exposed piping in an unheated crawlspace, use pipe wrap.
- Another thing to check for is sewer lines. Check for leaks under where the toilet sits.
- Summertime is a good time to go into the crawlspace because it stays cool even on hot days. It is essential to check the crawlspace at least once a year to make sure it is free of pests and to check that the vapor barrier is intact and doing its job.