Summertime is here and while you may have vacations and lake days on your mind, don’t forget to block off a few days for some seasonal home maintenance. There are probably a million things you’d rather do, but as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Knocking out your to-do list early will not only ensure you can have some fun-filled weekends later, but it will also protect your investment.
To help get you started, here are four important home maintenance tasks to tackle this month.
Clean your gutters
Even if you took care of this in the spring, it’s time to do it again. Gutter cleaning may be needed much more frequently than just once a season, especially if you live in an area where there are a lot of trees.
“This is one of the most important jobs for homeowners because properly functioning gutters are critical to protecting your home,” said Jason Murton with Accurate Inspections, LLC. “Seed pods and shedding from trees tend to accumulate in the spring, and if not properly cleaned, your gutters will become clogged, which can lead to leaky roofs and water damage, among other concerns.”
Double check your grading
The degree of slope in a yard, or grading, plays a major role in where water ends up on your property. Murton says now is a good time to examine your grading because after the spring rains, erosion can occur.
“If the ground around your property is flat or, worse, slopes toward your home, you could easily develop a drainage problem,” he said. “A good rule of thumb is to ensure the soil slopes away from the foundation at a rate of at least 6 vertical inches over the first 10 feet.”
When looking at your home’s grading, be sure to check all areas including the landscaping directly next to the house, paved areas, and the lawn. If you notice any issues, you may need to contact a professional landscape company to take a closer look.
Take care of AC maintenance
Having your AC unit professionally serviced will help detect problems that may otherwise go unnoticed like clogged filters, dirty coils, refrigerant leaks, etc. Finding these problems early, and having them immediately addressed, will not only extend the life of your system, but it will also allow you to have uninterrupted AC performance through the hot summer days. In addition to having your system serviced, it’s also important to regularly clean and/or replace the filter, especially if it is running continuously.
Get out in the lawn
Fertilizing in the early summer can give your lawn a boost to grow thick and healthy, and help it stand up to heat and drought. Now is also the time to get weeds under control before they spread. Hand-pull weeds when you’re able to and use targeted weed control when and where it’s needed. Also, test your sprinklers and irrigation system to ensure everything is working properly.
“And don’t forget about summer pests, like grubs, mosquitos, wasps, and ticks, which have been especially bad the past couple of years,” said Murton. “There are DIY pest control products available, but it’s also a good idea to have your home and lawn professionally inspected and treated, especially if you notice signs of a possible infestation.”
In addition to these tasks, early summer is also a good time to clean your home’s exterior, wash windows both inside and out, and clean and inspect your patio and/or deck. And because summer can be a hard time for allergy sufferers, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned and take some time to thoroughly dust your home, including ceiling fans.
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