Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Homeowners
After a cold winter we always look forward to the warm days of summer. We get to enjoy the outdoors, our backyards and under go outside projects; like refinishing the deck, building a fence or painting the exterior of your home. Here is a list of a few summer house projects that should be on your checklist for your home maintenance:
Replace Your Furnace Filters
Summer means warmer weather. The summer can be really hot and that means you will be running your AC. Make sure you get your furnace serviced regularly. I recommend changing your filters at least every 3 months, minimum. It is a good idea to replace your filter at the start of every season so it’s easy to remember. If you don’t have central air make sure your window air conditioner units are installed and working properly for the warmer months ahead.
Use Ceiling Fans For Cooling
Another great way to stay cool is to use ceiling fans. Fans don’t make the air any cooler but they will keep your family and pets cooler with the movement of air. In the warmer months, ceiling fans should be running counterclockwise allowing the air to be pushed down. A ceiling fan, in conjunction, with your AC, can help keep your thermostat a little higher, by providing that extra circulation you need to make you feel cool.
Stop Pests From Becoming Uninvited Houseguests
Summertime is when most insects make their way indoors looking for cooler places to make their homes. Check the exterior of your home for these possible entry points:
Holes or cracks around window and door frames
Holes in venting
Tears in window and door screens
Cracks in foundations, especially below windows and doorsteps.
Any gaps should be sealed with a exterior caulking. Any larger gaps can be filled with low expanding polyurethane foam and small cracks in the foundation can be filled with an epoxy injection.
Torn window screens should be repaired or replaced.
Check for Mold
That musty smell in your basement, crawlspace or attic is the indication of moisture and/or mold. In fact, that smell is mold “digesting”. Finding the source of the moisture and fixing it is key, whether it is a crack in the foundation, a drain backup, a leaky roof or leaky pipe. Mold will continue to grow if the source (water) is not found and fixed. If you find surface mold and it’s less than 10 sq. ft. you can clean it yourself using proper safety gear. Use safety gear such as eyewear, respirator, gloves and a safe and effective mold cleaner. Do not use bleach!
Fence Repair Jobs
Repairing your fence can be an easy DIY task. Using fast setting concrete, or even fence menders will make quick work of your fence repair.
Inspect Your Driveway
Our hard winters and extreme temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on driveways. For small holes and cracks on concrete driveways, you can fill cracks with a cement repair product. For deeper cracks or sunken holes seek a professional as there may be a more serious problem that needs addressing.
Also, take the time to check out your patio space, and look out for missing or damaged bricks or stones. If your patio is concrete it might need sealing as well.