One thing I know for sure, moss on your roof is never a good thing!
If you are selling your home and you have moss on your roof, most appraisers will require it be removed before the sale closes. More importantly, it will shorten the life of your roof. So what is the best solution? I know it’s not a good idea to pressure wash your roof – it removes the granules which are there to protect the shingles. You also don’t want to scrape off the moss – you might inadvertently crack or break a shingle.
I’ve had at least 6 cases where diligent homeowners power washed their roofs and along with taking off granules – they took about 15 years off the life of the roof! I had moss on my roof and recently had it treated. The process takes awhile, the moss dies and then is washed away by the rain. I went online and did a little research. This website has a very good overview of different methods so if the time comes, you will be better informed.
Not long ago I sent a contractor to a rental to replace a light fixture. While he was there, the tenant mentioned the dryer was getting really hot. On further investigation, he discovered the long vent hose was almost completely blocked by lint. I knew that clogged dryer vents are a huge cause of fires. So yes, I got the dryer vent cleaned and kissed the ground that nobody died and the house didn’t burn down. I did a little internet search and attached some easy instructions on cleaning the hose vent and preventing the lint to accumulate in the first place. Check it out here.
As we all know, Portland is taking steps to go green. More bike lanes and better recycling options are good examples. Since spring is right around the corner, now might be the time to investigate some green gardening tips like ways to have a healthy lawn and trouble-shoot garden pests and diseases without using chemicals. You can also call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000 for lots more tips!
…cleaning their gutters. I know you know, but I tell everyone: clean them at least once a year. When I work with first time buyers I tell them over and over it is one of the most important things they can do to for their house.
As long as I’m at it, it is also important to have someone look at your roof every few years to make sure you have enough ventilation, your flashing is in good shape and ensure that a leak isn’t just waiting to happen. Clean your chimney and furnace and cover your outside hose bibs in cold weather.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil and can accumulate in buildings at dangerous levels. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The EPA recommends that all homes be tested for radon and, if the levels are above an acceptable level, install a radon mitigation system.
It is now common to test for radon during a real estate transaction. You can test yourself, and it’s relatively inexpensive. According to the EPA, a long term test is the best way to determine your exposure to radon. You can go online and purchase test kits that you do yourself OR you can call me, and I would be happy to give you the name of different contractors that test and could do the radon mitigation for you if your levels are over the recommended level.
Have you tested your home for radon?
As of January 2015 the tree code has changed for the city of Portland. It will affect trees on both public and private property. The rules are stricter but hopefully easier to understand, and there are penalties if the rules aren’t followed. The ultimate goal is to preserve our trees which affect air-quality, shade and stormwater in addition to just being beautiful. I haven’t done much investigating myself, but the city has a number of ways you can get more information. Call their hotline at 503-823-TREE or click on one of these links: Portland Trees or Portland Tree article.
I love spring and summer, but when the temperatures get into the 90s, well, I’m a weenie. Since it looks like the hot weather is going to come and go for a little while yet, I say thank goodness for air conditioning. Here are a few additional tips:
- Turn the lights off; and, when they’re on make sure you use incandescent or fluorescent lights instead of LEDs.
- Old fashioned fan with a bucket of ice water in front of it. It really makes a difference.
- Drink lots of liquids. If you’re hydrated, you’ll sweat which is nature’s way of keeping you cool.
- Pull the shades. Keep the sun out during the day.
- If none of the above work, you guessed it: it’s time to go to the beach!!
I’ve had my air conditioner for 9 years, and I just had it serviced – for the first time. I know better than that. I think air conditioners tend to get neglected. It needs a periodic tune-up/cleaning which prolongs its life and efficiency, just like your furnace. The trick is, it should be done in the warmer months. Since fall is here, it might just be a good time to have both your furnace and air conditioner serviced.