For many summertime is the best time of year to be outdoors enjoying the weather and sunshine. Warm temperatures and longer days make picnicking and spending time with family easier than ever. Likewise, longer days and warmer weather make summer a perfect time to complete some much-needed maintenance after the winter months. Take a look below at some of our summer maintenance tips for your home.
Beginning of the Season Maintenance
Preparing your home for the summer should be a simple process. If you find any damage, make sure to schedule repairs quickly to mitigate further damage and help keep your family safe. Be sure to check both inside and outside of your home fro damage or wear and tear. Search for damaged shingles, siding, and any areas where rodents or other wildlife could have entered your home. Fixing any of these spots early can help keep your home better conditioned, sealed, and ready for summer weather.
Inside of the House
Some areas of the house tend to be overlooked more than others. To ensure that your home is secure and safe year-round you should regularly check the locks on your doors and windows to make sure they are secure. You can do this by opening and closing your doors or windows to ensure they latch properly. In addition to this, make sure any door handles are properly secured to the doors by tightening the screws and ensuring there is not any excess movement.
Check electrical outlets and cords for wear and tear to ensure there are no fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. To avoid a potential fire you should also ensure that you are not overloading circuits with too many devices.
Carefully inspect your toilets and sinks. Ensure there are no leaks or issues with flushing or the toilet float valve. While doing this you can also inspect washing machine hoses and drains for cracks and damage. Replace any connections that are leaking or damaged.
You should also be changing your furnace filter every 3 months or less to reduce fire hazards.
Outside of the House
The living space outside of your home may also need some attention after a harsh winter. Check any outdoor structures including steps and decks for rot or other deterioration. Be sure to repair any rotten wood or loose boards to prevent tripping hazards. If you have a swing set or recreational equipment in your yard, you should inspect all of it for potential dangers such as rusty bolts or sharp edges.
Check your window and doors to ensure that weather seals are intact and properly sealing the openings. Having damaged weather seals can allow water in your home and can make it harder for you to keep your home cool all summer. If you had spring storms or hail, be sure to check your roof for signs of damage like missing shingles or hail dimples. In some cases, roof damage may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. Contact our experts to review your homeowner’s insurance policy coverages with you.
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