Another summer is here, the season to live outside, take vacations, make memories and slow down on the pace of life. But, while you become busy and are looking forward to summer vacations and gatherings, summer is a great time to upkeep your home and do some fixes.
Below is a guide for the important home maintenance tips this summer. Following this guide can help you address common issues and keep you from spending money on repairs.
Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Home
1. Wash The Windows
Your home’s windows are great when it comes to letting the light into your living space and giving you the chance of getting the view of the outdoors from the comfort of your home. But, dirt can decrease its ability to provide those things and lessen its lifespan. Thus, it is important to give your windows some washing.
To clean your windows, you can use a streak-free cleaning solution and a squeegee. Or, you may also use a mixture of vinegar and warm water.
While washing your windows, remove the screens and wash them to remove any debris and bugs from the outside and to allow the light to get inside your home.
If you are in doubt of what to do, hiring a professional deep cleaning service can be your best option.
2. Clean and Inspect Your Home’s Exterior
Maintaining your home’s exterior is one tough task, but doing this can help you catch up on issues that may lead to expensive damage.
Cleaning the exterior of your home depends on the type of material it has. Whichever, it is important to inspect the exterior for cracks or signs of damage. If you notice any signs of weakness, contact professionals to repair it.
When done inspecting, power wash your exterior to remove any dirt, dust, and others that have the potential to damage your siding.
3. Clean or Replace Your Air Conditioner’s Filters
Cleaning your air conditioner’s filters is important in keeping good air quality inside your home. Over time, the filters inside your air conditioner can become clogged and dirty which can have an impact on your health.
Furthermore, dirty air filters can block airflow and cause your system to work harder, which can lessen your AC’s efficiency and lifespan. Thus, cleaning your air conditioner’s filters is vital.
Inspect your AC’s filter to see if it needs cleaning. If you notice any discoloration or dust on the surface, remove and clean them. Wash your filter with warm water and allow it to dry completely. If you need help, you can contact a professional to inspect and clean your AC unit.
4. Inspect Your Fence
To protect your family from invaders and avoid extensive repairs and replacement, you should inspect your fences regularly. Check your fences to see if they need reinforcement, sealing or refinishing. If you notice any loose or missing boards, fix them immediately. Fix any minor issues immediately before they become a major problem.
5. Check the Grading That Surrounds Your Home
One of the most important maintenance tasks to do this summer is to inspect the grading of the ground around your home. The ground around your home’s foundation should slope away from your home. This allows water to drain away from your home and not inside your basement.
If you notice that the ground is not graded properly, simply add some topsoil to fix the problem.
6. Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters may be one of the maintenance tasks that you dislike. But whether you like it or not, checking and cleaning your gutters is a must. Gutters have an important role in keeping your home healthy. They direct rainwater or snowmelt away from your home’s foundation, trim, and siding. But, if they are damaged or filled with loose debris like leaves, they eventually clog and overflow. This can lead water to seep inside your home and cause extensive water damage.
It is recommended that you inspect your gutters at least twice a year. As you check them, make sure that they are not damaged, clogged, or disconnected. If they are clogged, remove any debris that has been accumulated. Then, wash them with water to make sure that you didn’t miss any blockage. Furthermore, it is also important to inspect and ensure that downspouts are in good working condition. Downspouts are necessary for taking water away from your home.
7. Check Your Home’s Roof
Another important home maintenance task is inspecting your roof. A strong storm or snowstorm may have left your roof with loose or missing shingles. Checking them now will ensure that you won’t deal with water damage due to water leak the next time it rains. If you notice any broken or missing shingles, replace them immediately.
Performing seasonal maintenance to your home may require some time and effort. But by following these important summer maintenance tips you can keep yourself from spending a lot of money on renovations and ensure that your home is safe against water-related events.
If you need help in cleaning and fixing damages caused by water, fire and molds, contact our team at Superior Restoration.