Summer is a time for lazy, hazy, crazy days, but it’s also a time for damaging storms and sweltering heat. Like you need sunscreen and ponchos, your home needs protection from the harsh elements. That’s why we put together these top tips to help ready your home for the unpredictable and potentially rough summer weather.
Tip #1 – Clean gutters and downspouts ?
Winter weather may have damaged your gutters, and the pollen and blossoms of spring (particularly if you have a lot of trees around your property) may block the flow of water in downspouts, causing water damage during a summer storm. Prevent any issues by having your gutters cleared of debris and seeds, and then inspected for any damage. If possible, give your roof a quick visual once over from the ground, and if you see missing or damaged shingles, call a roofing professional.
Tip #2 – Service your HVAC unit ?
HVAC systems need their filters replaced or cleaned every few months (generally every three months) to help them work properly. Your unit should also be serviced before the summer heat arrives.
If you have central air, look at the outdoor condensers, and have any tall grass or branches cut away from the unit(s). If you placed plywood over the unit during the winter months, remove it before turning on the unit.
Tip #3 – Check your sump pump?
If your house has a basement, it may have a sump pump. This device helps to keep the water out of your bottom level during heavy rainstorms. If it’s been a few years since your sump pump’s last inspection, consider calling a licensed plumber. He or she will check that the pump is operating correctly and ensure the pump’s circuit breaker has not been tripped.
If you don’t have a backup battery, ask your plumber about one. If the power goes out during an intense storm, you’ll want that battery to run the sump pumps, so your bottom level stays dry.
Tip #4 – Reverse the direction of ceiling fans?
If you switched your ceiling fans during the winter to assist with heating, reverse the direction to counterclockwise. This creates a downdraft to help cool you during those hot summer months. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave a room to help keep your energy bills low.
Tip # 5 – Check your deck ?
Inspect your deck for broken or rotted timbers and nails or screws that may have become exposed. Also, check the supports underneath to ensure critters haven’t made the area their home over the winter. If you notice any damage to your deck and its supports, call your deck professional to repair it.
Tip #6 – Spruce up your home’s exterior
Mold and algae buildup on your fence and siding can really do a number on your curb appeal. Having your exterior power washed can remove the grime and keep your home aesthetically pleasing. (Amazing curb appeal can raise the value of your home by 7%!)
Tip #7 – Refresh your mulch
Elevating your curb appeal may include adding a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch helps to keep the weeds down in your yard and creates a lovely contrast between your lawn and flowers. It also keeps your lawn hydrated, so you’ll spend less on your water bill.
#Tip #8 – Inspect screens on doors and windows?
Keep insects out of your house by checking all window screens and screen doors for warping, rips, or holes. Small holes can be patched using repair kits from a hardware store or you may need to replace the entire screen. Also, check your weather stripping to make sure it’s still good from the winter, so your air conditioner won’t need to work overtime. Just don’t forget to air out your home from time to time to improve your indoor air quality.
Tip #9 – Trim plants and clear debris around your house?
Avoid expensive damage over time by having your trees trimmed, so they don’t touch the roof or siding of your home. Have the long branches and foliage cut back to create a gap between them and the house and collect any debris around the exterior walls. This can help to keep your home secure by preventing any potential thieves from hiding behind large shrubs and trees, and it will also help prevent bugs and insects from entering your home.
Tip #10 – Reseal your driveway
Cracks in your asphalt or concrete can pose a threat to your driveway. If any water seeps into these cracks, it can threaten the subbase and shorten the lifespan of your driveway. The best thing you can do is call a professional to seal the cracks – summer is the perfect time to complete this task – and start a maintenance program with your driveway professional.
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