Love it or not, summer’s here. That means a rise in heat humidity, storms, and energy bills! Luckily, some simple summer maintenance can help you ward off expensive home repairs, prevent water damage, and save you time, energy, and money.
Follow this summer maintenance checklist to help increase savings and prevent small issues from growing into major expenses. This will give you peace of mind and make your home cleaner and more comfortable. Get started today!
Check the outside of your home for any damage or wear and tear that needs addressing. In order to mitigate further damage, walk around your property and make sure everything is as it should be.
A hose, sprinkler, or irrigation leak can cause major water losses and big problems for your landscaping. Make sure you are checking your outdoor plumbing periodically for leaks and damage, about once a week.
It’s also a good idea to look through a pair of binoculars and inspect the condition of your roof. You can also drone-mounted camera.
When examining your roof, eaves, overhangs, and gutter, check for:
As a general rule, the whole roof needs replacing if a third or more of the roof is damaged. If you suspect a problem, contact a professional roofing contractor.
If you notice any water damage to the fascia, exterior walls, or the gutter system, address the issue as soon as possible. If you notice standing water or soiled areas, you may want to consider re-grading, adding berms, or installing a French drain.
Make sure gutters and downspouts are properly diverting water away from the home. Consider using a downspout extender to help direct the water where it needs to go.
In addition to some spring cleaning, make sure to inspect the interior of your home for all of the following:
Wet towels and bathing suits, dirty shoes, and sandy pockets are a summer staple. Prevent the mess from entering your living spaces by setting up a mud room or dedicated spots for all your wet and dirty shoes and clothing.
Pick a spot near exterior-facing doors for people to immediately take off shoes and replace them with slippers.
This simple house rule change will help you maintain a clean house with better indoor air quality.
Test ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) inside and outside the home by plugging something into the outlet, then depress the test button. Your plugged=in device should turn off and the reset button should pop out. After pressing the reset button, the plugged-in device should turn back on.
If your GFCI outlet doesn’t pass the test, contact a professional electrician.
If you haven’t schedule spring air conditioning maintenance, now is the time to do so. Make sure your HVAC contractor will clean and inspect you’re your units thoroughly. Learn how to choose the right HVAC contractor.
Spend a couple of days going over this summer maintenance checklist to prevent costly repairs and develop a deeper relationship with your home.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Ask a Champion.
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