Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
All homes require regular maintenance and care each season to be certain everything continues to stay in top shape. Prolonging home “tune ups” can cause more trouble later on which could end up costing you more in the long run.
The following list will help protect your property while still allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy some of that summer sunshine
Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors:
Always check the manufacturer’s instructions on the best way to test your particular alarm. Press and hold the test button on the detector…it may take a few seconds but a loud sound should be present indicating it is working properly. If not, replace the batteries.
Mend Cracks in Driveway and walkway:
First, thoroughly clean the driveway or walkway using a pressure washer to remove any debris or loose gravel. Mix Concrete (look for a thick consistency) in a 5 gallon bucket to repair cracks. Sand mix is for small cracks, and a Standard concrete that has gravel works best for large or deep cracks.
Pour concrete on cracks then smooth with trowel to remove excess and smooth the surface. Be sure to allow plenty of time for the concrete to dry…usually overnight.
Look for any visible evidence of ants and other insects. Treat as needed:
Carefully Pruning trees and shrubs away from foundation is also a great way to prevent insects from invading your home. Reduce mulch thickness to 2 to 3 inches maximum and keep it 6 to 8 inches away from the foundation. This helps eliminate millipedes.
Power wash siding and or deck:
Available to rent at our local home depot. Note *Never aim the spray wand up as you clean siding or aim it at cracks where siding butts up against windows or any trim boards. You can drive water deep into these cracks and cause leaks or damage to your home.
Inspect deck for any curling or rotting wood:
Check for splitting wood which can mean rot and also keep a watchful eye on holes could mean insects. Always check for water drainage on and around your deck as it can be damaged by moisture. A proper sealing or staining will also provide some protection.
Remove lint from dryer exhaust vents:
Using a long flexible hose. This should be done regularly to prevent fires.
Change heating/vent/air conditioning filters:
Changing these filters is crucial for your system to maintain it’s efficiency. If you’re not sure the last time the filter was changed the safe bet is to do it now. Hire a professional if you’re not sure what or how to do it.
Test sump pumps:
Summer rainstorms can quickly cause havoc to any basement. Prevent any headaches by regularly checking your sump pump. Check the pump to be sure it clean and free of debris which will prevent it from running well.
The pump can be tested by pouring water into the pit to make sure it becomes activated. Seek professional help if this does not activate the pump.
Hope this helps
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