The summer season is when more people spend time outdoors soaking up the warm weather. It’s also an excellent time to begin a few home maintenance projects to improve the quality of your house. When you want to perform repairs and clean your property, there are a few home maintenance tips to follow for the season.
Perform a Roof Inspection
Hire a professional to perform repairs on your roof and identify any areas where loose or missing shingles are present. The roofer can apply roofing cement to secure the materials and can also identify any areas where leaks may be present. The flashing should also be inspected around vents or the chimney to determine if it’s lifted, which can allow water to leak into the home. You can also apply a cool roof coating to the tiles or shingles to reflect UV rays that can increase the temperature inside of the home to reduce your home’s energy usage.
Clean the Rain Gutters
Many homeowners make the mistake of neglecting their rain gutters, which can become clogged due to leaves and debris that accumulate. Make it a point to clean the gutters to prevent standing water from developing on the roof, which can cause water to seep into the building. Rain gutters that are clean will also reduce the risk of termites from damaging the home if they find water in the gutters.
Trim the Trees
Trim the trees on your property to prevent branches from coming in contact with the building. Cutting the branches will also avoid creating a pathway for rodents or critters from making their way onto the roof and finding shelter. You can reduce the risk of infestations by keeping your landscaping trimmed and cut back throughout the summer season.
Replace the Air Conditioner Filter
Replace the air conditioner filter to prevent the HVAC system from working overtime during the warm months ahead. Choose an allergen filter that will improve the air quality of your home and will make it easier to breathe without suffering from allergies. It’s also important to check your manual to determine the right size of filter for the system. You can also have the product tuned up and inspected by a professional to identify any areas of concern where repairs are needed.
Drain the Hot Water Heater
Drain the water heater each year during the summer to remove sediment that has accumulated in the tank after a cold winter. You’ll need to turn off the power to the heater and connect a garden hose to the drain valve before running the water outside. You’ll also need to look for any leaks that have developed and test the pressure relief valve.
Remove Mold or Mildew
It’s common to find mold or mildew that has developed on the siding of your home due to the heat and humidity that arrives during the warmer months of the year. Apply a diluted bleach solution to the affected areas and scrub it off thoroughly to prevent it from growing back.
Clean Your Grill
The grill is one of the most used appliances on residential properties during the summer season when you spend time cooking outdoors. You’ll need to get the product ready for outdoor dinners by cleaning and replacing the gas grill. Use a liquid grill cleaner on the grates and scrub them down with a wire brush to remove any food or residue that has formed. Use toothpicks to clean the holes on the burners thoroughly and to make the product look new again when you’re ready to throw meat and vegetables on the grill.