Asphalt Roof Shingle Recycling? Yes!

If you plan to re-roof your home, check out this article on how to keep the old asphalt shingles out of the dump and contribute to the recycling program. The shingles are used to make roads. You can check out a recycler in your area by going to ShingleRecycling.org. There are several in the Seattle area. And, as a bonus, the recycling fee is often less expensive than dump fees.

Is Your Fireplace Safe?

Here on Whidbey Island, many of us heat with either a wood or gas fireplace during the winter. It’s important to be sure your fireplace is ready to go now that the weather is colder. HouseLogic has some tips for ensuring your fireplace is safe whether it’s gas or wood.

1. An inspection outside to check the chimney and surrounding roof is critical. Check the chimney cap for obstructions and be sure it’s in good repair

2. From inside, check the flue damper to make sure it works and seals properly. Look for obstructions for any foreign objects or nests. You should be able to see daylight at the top.

3. Inspect the firebox for damage and, if applicable, the glass doors for cracks or latch issues.

4. On a gas fireplace, turn off the gas at the shut-off valve and check the igniter. Start the fire and check for clogged burner holes.

If you note any damage that you can’t repair yourself, be sure to contact a professional to take care of any problems BEFORE you need your fireplace. You can see the entire article here.

Getting Ready for our Whidbey Island Winter

The mornings are chilly, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening, the grass (finally!) doesn’t need to be mowed. Summer’s almost over and we’re heading into fall. Lots of us are starting to do a little bit of winterization in anticipation of a wet and, possibly, snowy winter. Stocking up on firewood, cleaning gutters, pressure washing the deck and steps, getting the last bits from our garden, and cleaning up the yard. House Logic has a great article on keeping your roof in ‘tip-top’ condition. Tasks include cleaning the gutter, removing leaves and moss from the roof, and trimming overhanging tree limbs. All good things to do before winter. Here’s the full article.