Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer is the time to enjoy warm weather and time with friends and family, but it is also the perfect time to begin preventative maintenance on the outside of your home for the fall and winter seasons. Home maintenance can be a timely process; but in the long run it will protect your property, whether a home or business, from the elements come the cold weather season.

Each of these DIY tasks that are simple in nature will only take a small portion of your time each month, and it will keep your property in tip top shape for the upcoming seasons so that you don’t have to undergo costly repairs.

In June, temperatures will be well above freezing, so it would be a good time to begin painting your home’s exterior. Blistering or cracking paint should be addressed as soon as you have the time, because they can lead to other problems, such as wood rot or mold. No homeowner wants to deal with these costly issues if they can easily be avoided by adding another coat of paint to the exterior! Any paint defects that may be present can be taken care of quickly by patching the spot. However, if your home’s exterior has a large amount of imperfections, you may want to consider repainting the entire home.
July is the perfect month to begin power washing surfaces and resealing pressure-treated wooden decks. This is not only a way to maintain the look and help it look nicer, but it will also extend the life of your deck as well. It is easy to rent a high-pressure power washer to clean a deck, and it will remove any dirt and dead wood fiber, which gives the wooden deck that broken in appearance. A new coat of deck sealer will prevent the deck from graying, and will also stop cracking and splitting of the wood.

August is known for muggy temperatures and weather that can drain the water supply. In most cases, homeowners can see the effects of the drainage by reduced water pressure in their homes during this month.  To ensure that you are utilizing the full amount of water pressure, clean out the traps in the faucets end each and every year. Usually, the flow of the water is definitely impaired by the mineral deposits and other debris that gets stuck in the traps. A trap looks like a small screen and is fairly easy to clean.  To do this, you just unscrew the end of the faucet with a pair of pliers and remove the trap from the tip. From there, you just flush out the debris and replace the trap.
There are also a couple of year round tasks that you can perform to prevent issues. First, make sure to change the batteries on all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home at least twice a year. The fire department officials actually recommend that this is done in the spring and fall during daylight savings time. Most homeowners believe that it is a spring or fall job to check your gutters for debris. But, this should actually be done every month.  A clogged gutter can cause water damage to a home if the rainwater backs up over the gutter, where it will then wash over the side of a house.

These are just a few tips to keep your home or business in tip top shape throughout the year! If you need a contractor in your area, make sure that they are reputable and respected in the industry.

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