Archive for May, 2018

Seattle Events this June

Here is a sampling of some events this June:

June 2nd – Free State Park Day on National Trails Day – no Discover Pass needed! http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

June 9th – Georgetown Carnival, Noon to 10pm in the Georgetown neighborhood http://www.georgetowncarnival.com/georgetown-carnival.htm

June 9-10th – Free State Park Days – take advantage!                      http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days

June 8-10th – Sorticulture at Everett’s Legion Memorial Park – A garden art extravaganza https://everettwa.gov/823/Sorticulture-Garden-Arts-Festival

June 16th-17th – Fremont Solstice Parade (June 16th) and Festival, a Seattle tradition in the Fremont Neighborhood.  http://fremontfair.com/

June 21st – Make Music Seattle, a free festival that is part of International Make Music Day. Now in its 35th year – Held citywide at many locations.  http://www.makemusicday.org/seattle/

June 23rd – The 5th annual Pride Parade and Festival. Capitol Hill neighborhood 12-9pm. https://www.seattlepridefest.org/schedule

June 30th – Urban Craft Uprising, find something unique! Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 10am-5pm http://www.urbancraftuprising.com/aboutourshow/

 

Spring is Gutter Cleaning Time

In a downpour, a clogged gutter sends a wall of water down the side of your house, making canyons in your flowerbeds and saturating your foundation.

Cleaning gutters of leaves and debris will help prevent damage to your landscaping and siding, and head off expensive water damage repairs to your foundation that may cost $10,000 or more.

Here are some tips on cleaning your roof gutters:

  • How often? It is a good practice to clean the gutters once per year, and twice if you have trees close to your home.
  • Get yourself a good pair of waterproof and puncture proof gloves to wear.
  • Make sure your ladder is in good shape.
  • Never do the job alone, have another person help hold the ladder and look out for problems with stability.
  • Climb a ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters – decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost.
  • Pay particular attention to the downspouts. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly, and along with mildew and mud you’ll end up with sagging gutters.
  • Look for the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked caulking in the seams.
  • If the gutters are rusting, they are very old. They’ve moved to aluminum and vinyl gutters now, and they don’t rust. You might want to consider new gutters.