Summer is already here, so there are no more excuses to postpone home maintenance tasks anymore. Besides, summer is the perfect time to spruce up your house because of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. If you do not know where to start, this article is for you.
Below, you will find the summer home maintenance checklist, which covers tasks from cleaning the gutters, inspecting garage doors, and repainting the fences to power washing your house and cleaning the air conditioning unit, among other things. Read on and get your home ready for summertime.
1. Power Wash Your House
A power washer is very useful for cleaning your house before summer starts. It will help you kill any mildew and mold on the exterior walls, remove dirt and grime stuck on siding and floors, and make your house look shiny and new again. Power watcher can also be helpful for cleaning the pool deck, your patio, or any other hard surfaces in the yard.
2. Inspect the Garage Door
After checking the gutters, inspect your garage door. If you notice any issues, don’t hesitate to contact an expert and repair all the damage – for example, buy garage door torsion springs instead of your old ones or replace your garage door. Also, check the garage door opener and make sure it is working properly – if not, replace it as well.
3. Clean the Air Conditioning Unit
Cleaning the air conditioning unit is another important task to complete before summer officially begins. Doing so on a regular basis is not only easy but also helpful for extending your AC’s lifespan. You can use a soft brush or a vacuum cleaner to clean the filters and a hose sprayer to remove rust or debris. If you need to remove mildew and other hard-to-remove stains, white vinegar can help.
4. Clean Vents and Fans
Whether you have central air conditioning or just a window unit, it is important to clean the vents and fans. Basically, they work just like dust collectors, so if you want them to perform well, clean them regularly. Otherwise, they may break down – or you may get a dust mite allergy.
5. Fix Any Broken Windows or Doors
Make sure that all of your windows and doors can be opened and closed without any issues. It is very important to fix any damage before summer starts so that you do not let much heat inside your home. Replace all broken glass panes with new ones, and if you have screens that are damaged or torn, replace them with new ones as well. Contact a professional window replacement company in your area if you need any help.
6. Repair Leaky Faucets
Before summer starts, you should repair leaky faucets around your house or install new ones if needed. You won’t believe how much water (and energy) you can lose because of just one leaky pipe. To avoid that, use a leak detector to locate any leaks and fix them as soon as possible. If you need help, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.
7. Repair Deck Boards
Damaged deck boards can easily make you trip over when cleaning the yard or doing other chores around the house. Use screws or nails to fix them so that they will not chip away or break off easily when you walk on the patio during summertime.
Also, the summer heat can cause the wood on your deck or patio to expand and contract. As a result, loose boards could appear. Fix them as soon as you see any damage or call a professional if necessary.
8. Clean Your Siding
Summer is the best time to clean your siding because it is easier to do so when the air is warm and dry. When cleaning the siding, make sure that you use a pressure washer to remove dirt and grime stuck on it. Do not forget to remove mildew from it as well – water and vinegar solution can help.
9. Trim Trees and Bushes
If you have trees or bushes in your yard, trim them before summer starts so that they will not provide cover for insects and other pests. Make sure that you do not let branches of your trees and bushes touch your windows or doors, because they could cause damage to your house during bad weather.
10. Inspect Your Roof
The roof is very important when it comes to protecting your house from the weather. If you have noticed any leaks or cracks, it is time to call a professional for maintenance checks and repairs. You can also perform an inspection yourself – however, make sure that you know what you are doing.
11. Check the Gutters and Downspouts
The first thing you should do is inspect your gutters and downspouts. Make sure that nothing (such as leaves or branches) blocks them. Clean the gutters and downspouts if needed, and make sure that they are in good shape. If you have recently purchased a new home, install gutters in the areas where they are missing.
Remember that clogged gutters and downspouts not only prevent water runoff but they also increase the risk of water damage to your house.
12. Test Your Smoke Detectors
If you have a smoke detector in your house, test it before summer starts. Also, if you have not updated the batteries in a while, now is a good time to do it. During summertime, more fires than normally occur, and your smoke detectors could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
If you have not done any summer home maintenance tasks yet, now is the time to get started. Check the gutters and roof, inspect your garage door, repair leaky faucets and deck boards, clean your siding and power wash your house, trim trees, test your smoke detectors, and clean vents and fans – these are just a few things you need to take care of.
Use our checklist, and you will be surprised with how quickly and easily you can complete your summer maintenance. Fix everything that needs repair or replacement now, and get ready to greet the summer.