Tuesday, May 19, 2020 / by John Salkowski
Here’s a quick maintenance checklist to help you prep your home for summer.
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Summer is a great time to be outdoors having fun, but homeowners can’t forget to take care of their properties. Here’s a quick summer maintenance checklist you can use to keep your home running smoothly:
1. Make sure there’s nothing growing in or around your HVAC unit. If any weeds, brush, or grass start growing in or around your HVAC unit, that will cause it to run less efficiently. Neglecting to check this may end up costing you thousands when you have to replace the unit, so evaluate it’s condition every summer. Also, make sure it’s balanced and not leaning to one side. Again, this can affect its efficiency.
2. Inspect your deck and patios. Check your decking for nail pops, loose nails, splinters, etc., and whether the sealing needs to be replenished. When doing this, you may also need to give it a good power washing. I recommend staining and power washing your deck every two years. Give your concrete or paver patio a good power washing as well, and check for any cracks. If you do find cracks, consider sealing them or having a contractor inspect the situation.
3. Check your siding. No matter what type of siding you have, you want to get it power washed so that no dirt or moss accumulates. Additionally, pay close attention to each piece of siding and confirm that everything is attached properly and that there’s no cracking, soft spots, etc.
4. Inspect your foundation for cracks. This means both the interior and exterior. This is especially important to do after a heavy rain. There should be no water seeping inside. If you do find water seeping in, get in touch with an experienced contractor and have them assess the situation. I always recommend getting three estimates for any professional work that needs to be done around the house. If you need references, we have a trusted vendor checklist we’d be happy to provide you with free of charge.
5. Inspect and test your irrigation system. Your water bill will tell you if there are any leaks—if it starts spiking, that’s a bad sign. My advice is to have a professional properly open and close your irrigation system each time the seasons change, as I do.
If you have questions about this topic or are unsure how to properly inspect your property, don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d be happy to send someone from my team out to your home to go over this list in person.