Summer usually includes backyard barbecues, neighborhood block parties, picnics, beach time and general fun in the sun, but for homeowners, it should also include necessary home maintenance tasks to keep your home in tiptop shape. This list details the top four home maintenance tasks to be completed during the warmer months of summer.
1: Service Your Air Conditioner (Don’t Forget the Filters)
With summer heat and humidity, your air conditioner works hard. Don’t make it work any harder than necessary. Schedule an annual service check before the hottest days in July and August to keep the unit running smoothly—and keep cooling costs low. Don’t stop there. Regularly check and change the HVAC filter (as often as once per month if you own pets or suffer from allergies).
2: Clean Your Gutters
“Gutters are one of the most valuable and affordable methods for homeowners to protect their homes from the elements,” says Allison Hester, editor of eClean Magazine. Make sure gutters are free of holes, properly attached and are moving water away from your home. Clogged gutters can become a major nuisance by harboring mosquito infestations or cultivating mold and mildew.
3: Inspect Your Roof
With windy, stormy summer weather, the gale force winds can damage your roof and leave your home exposed for more damage if not properly maintained. After severe weather or strong winds, take time to check your shingles. Upset shingles—whether loose, torn, or warped—are an open invitation to roof leaks and water damage. Remember, replacing a roof is one of the largest expenditures for homeowners, so take extra time every summer to inspect and maintain yours.
4: Check Your Foundation and Seal Cracks To Combat Insects and Varmint
According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause $5 billion in property damage every year in the United States. This staggering amount may be lowered with regular attention to your home’s foundation, inside and out. Indoors, keep the basement and attic dry and ventilated. Outdoors, maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home, and tightly seal foundation cracks. To minimize risk of unwanted critters entering your home, seal holes, including areas around pipes and wires. For about $6-$7, you can purchase a spray foam at your local hardware store that should be sufficient for most of the holes in your home.
For homeowners, it’s important to remember there’s more to summer that a walk in the park. Take note, make your list and get busy! Summer can still be enjoyed with a little planning and action.
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