Home maintenance projects every homeowner should tackle in the summer
Summer is here and while you have vacations and days by the lake in mind, don’t forget to set aside a few days for your home’s seasonal maintenance. There are probably a million things you’d rather do, but as they say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Eliminating your to-do list early will not only ensure you have fun weekends later, but it will also protect your investment.
To help you get started, here are four important home maintenance tasks to accomplish this month.
Clean your gutters
Even if you took care of it in the spring, it’s time to do it again. Gutter cleaning may be needed much more frequently than once a season, especially if you live in an area with a lot of trees.
“This is one of the most important jobs for homeowners because properly functioning gutters are essential to protecting your home,” said Jason Murton of Accurate Inspections, LLC. “Pods and falling trees tend to build up in the spring, and if not cleaned properly your gutters will get clogged, which can lead to roof leaks and water damage, among other problems.” .
Check your rating
The degree of slope in a yard, or grade, plays a major role in where water ends up on your property. Murton says now is the time to look at your ranking because after spring rains erosion can occur.
“If the ground around your property is flat or, worse, sloping towards your house, you could easily develop a drainage problem,” he said. “A good rule of thumb is to make sure the soil is moving away from the foundation at a rate of at least 6 vertical inches over the first 10 feet.”
When considering the leveling of your home, be sure to check all areas, including the landscaping directly next to the house, paved areas, and the lawn. If you notice any issues, you may need to contact a professional landscaping company to take a closer look.
Take care of air conditioning maintenance
Having your A / C unit serviced by a professional will help spot problems that might otherwise go unnoticed like clogged filters, dirty coils, refrigerant leaks, and more. Finding these issues early and fixing them immediately will not only extend the life of your system, but it will also allow you to have uninterrupted AC performance on hot summer days. In addition to having your system serviced, it is also important to clean and / or replace the filter regularly, especially if it is running continuously.
Go out into the lawn
Fertilizing in early summer can give your lawn a boost to grow thick and healthy, and help it withstand heat and drought. This is also the time to control weeds before they spread. Hand pull weeds when you can and use targeted weed control when and where needed. Also test your sprinklers and irrigation system to make sure everything is working properly.
“And don’t forget the summer pests, like worms, mosquitoes, wasps and ticks, which have been particularly bad over the past two years,” Murton said. “There are do-it-yourself pest control products available, but it’s also a good idea to have your home and lawn professionally inspected and treated, especially if you notice any signs of a possible infestation. “
In addition to these chores, the start of summer is also a good time to clean the exterior of your home, wash the windows inside and out, and clean and inspect your patio and / or deck. . And because summer can be a tough time for allergy sufferers, consider having your rugs professionally cleaned and taking the time to thoroughly dust your home, including ceiling fans.
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