7 Essential Summer Home Maintenance Projects

Summer is upon us, and every homeowner should make sure that their home is prepared for the oppressive heat, summer showers, and beautiful sunshine. To make sure your home is fully equipped to handle the summer, there are a few key maintenance projects that should be performed to keep your home in good shape. Today, we will run down a few of the most important maintenance projects to ensure your home, lawn, and garden are ready for the season.

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Power Wash Your Deck, Porch, and Driveway

Once the barbecue and backyard pool season sets in, you will want to make sure that your deck and patio spaces are clear of grime and looking their best. To accomplish this, rent a power washer and give your deck, porch, and patio are a thorough wash. A routine power washing will help keep wooden boards from cracking apart, and while you are power washing you can inspect your boards for rot and replace any that may be past their prime. Also, check that your deck’s sealant is not bubbled or cracked, and reseal it if necessary.

After washing the deck and porch spaces, move on to your driveway and any stone walkways you may have. As you clean make sure to inspect your stone and cement for any cracks or errant weeds. A thorough power washing will clear off the dirt and grime built up over the past year, leaving your paved surfaces looking beautiful.

Check Your Lawn for Standing Water, Other Insect Breeding Grounds

If you have any divots or uneven spots in your lawn, these spots can easily end harboring mosquitos if water is allowed to collect there. Check other spots like flowerpots and any other containers you may have outside to make sure they are not harboring stagnant water, and make sure that your gutters are properly draining water away from your home. Nobody likes uninvited mosquitos in their backyard, so take the time to investigate the entirety of your property for any spots that might contribute to their presence.

Additionally, you may want to seal your home from potential ant and bug infiltration by renewing the caulking around your doors and windows.

Schedule Your Air Conditioner Servicing

With the blistering heat of summer making proper cooling essential, go ahead and schedule to get your air conditioner checked and serviced, if necessary. Proper servicing is one of the easiest ways to prevent unnecessary costly repairs of your unit and potential breakdowns during the time you need cooling the most. If you have window air conditioner units, go ahead and clean the filters within them and check for any buildup of dust or grime.

Clear Your Exhaust Duct and Dryer Vent

This is a good tip to keep in mind year-round, so there is no need to avoid cleaning your exhaust duct and dryer vent during the summer as well. Removing any collected dust, hair, fur, or lint from the vents will help reduce the chances of a fire in your home.

Clean and Prep Your Grill

If you are preparing to host backyard barbecues or want to take your grilling prowess on the road with a tailgate, it is imperative that you clean and prep your grill for the season. Before you clean your grill, inspect it for any new cracks or blockages in the hoses, or any other signs of wear on the grill itself.

If you have a gas grill, cleaning is simple: turn the heat very high, shut the lid and let the grill sit for around thirty minutes. Once the grill has cooled down, take a grill brush and scrub down the grates, then clean out any drip trays. For a charcoal grill, use hot water and soap with a sponge or scrub and clean down the entire surface of the grill itself, including the grate and the coalbed. Let the grill dry before using it.

Check Your Home for Leaks

Inspect your home for any potential water leaks throughout, including from your refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, faucets, and showerheads. If necessary, repair or replace any leaky fixtures or hoses that you find. Hoses usually need to be replaced every three to five years, but a quick inspection will help ensure that they are still functioning properly within their lifespan.

Reverse Your Fans

If you have ceiling fans throughout the home, it may be a good idea to reverse their direction to spin counterclockwise. Doing so will push air downward and help to create a breeze. If your fans are currently spinning clockwise, turn them off and wait until they stop moving. After that, find the directional switch on the stem of the fan and flip it. Go ahead and wipe off your fan blades as well to clear them of any caked-on dust.

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