Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Most home buyers think about the financial responsibility of owning a home but forget about the regular home maintenance that also comes along with it. Just like a car needs regular oil changes, it’s best to keep up with regular home maintenance. Get your home looking and feeling great this summer with these Summer Home Maintenance Tips!
Examine Roof and Gutters for Debris
This is one area that is often forgotten about because it’s not in our line of vision. Clear leaves, dirt, and twigs from your gutters and inspect downspouts for damage or loose pieces. Also check for leaks around flashing, chimney, and skylights. Examine and repair shingles that are damaged, missing, or loose.
Fix Broken Yard Irrigation
Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Contact your water company to see if they provide free irrigation inspections.
Check for Air Leaks
Inspect the air ducts in your attic for holes, repair with duct tape or replace with new duct work. Ensure that the seal and caulking around all doors and windows is in good condition. If you see gaps larger than the width of a nickel, you will need to reapply exterior caulk.
Make Sure Safety Equipment Works
Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries as needed, or at least every 6 months. Ensure fire extinguishers are in good working condition.
Check for Leaky Faucets
Inspect all faucets in kitchen and bathrooms and replace washers as needed. If you have poor water pressure, cleaning the aerators of faucets and shower heads will likely improve the problem.
Inspect the Refrigerator
Clean the coils once or twice a year using a handheld vacuum to remove scum build-up. Check to ensure the door seals are airtight. To test, close the door over a piece of paper, if you can easily pull it out, you need to adjust the latch or the seals may need replacing. Change your water filter.
Spruce up your Home’s Exterior
Check for cracks, loose or missing mortar, deteriorating or peeling paint, and cracked, split, or decayed windowsills. Pressure wash the walls to remove dirt, stains and mildew, especially prior to painting.
Clean out the Dryer Vent
Remove the dryer hose and/or outside vent pipe cover, then clean the inside of the hose and pipe thoroughly with a special brush or vacuum cleaner. Also, make sure to clean the lint filter on your dryer every time you dry a load of clothes.
Service the HVAC System
DIY or have it professionally serviced once a year to maintain efficiency. Refer to the manual for specific regular maintenance.
Drain the Hot Water Heater
Once a year, drain the hot water heater to eliminate any buildup of hard water sediments and to make sure rust is not developing in your tank. Consider a more cost effective and energy efficient replacement if yours is extremely old or rusting.
Lubricate Garage Door Springs
Once a year, oil the springs, along with the hinges and metal rollers (not nylon) with a non-silicone based lubricant.