End of Summer 2017 Home Maintenance
The summer months can take a toll on your home. Extra hours of sunlight, heavy rains, blistering heat can wreak havoc on both inside and outside your home. So, now’s a perfect time to tackle some small chores and avoid bigger headaches later this year.
Curtains and blinds - Dirt and dust on window coverings can accumulate quickly, especially if you like to keep your windows open for fresh air. A quick dust or spin through the washing machine will have the window treatments looking like new. Consider window cleaning now while it’s still warm outside. Wash, repair or replace any damaged windows and screens before the winter months. Better to patch up any damage and get them cleaned up now than to scramble to get them ready next spring.
Air Filters, Furnace Filters, Water Filters
- Clean or replace your air filters – You likely replaced your air conditioner filters in the beginning of the season, but how do they look now? There’s still plenty of hot days left on the calendar, so make sure your cooling system won’t be hampered by a clogged filter.
Check your furnace filter – Just like your air conditioner, your furnace has a filter and it may need cleaning before you fire up the heat this fall. If you have a heating tune-up scheduled, checking furnace filters should be a part of that maintenance.
Replace water filters and ice maker filters – Ice cold drinks are a must in the summer months. But when was the last time you checked the filter in your refrigerator’s ice maker? Have you inspected your water softener or faucets? Cleaning water filters will help keep mold and mildew from growing and can help keep your water smelling and tasting fresh.
- Flip the switch on your ceiling fans – Many homeowners reverse the direction of their ceiling fans in the winter to push down warm air and help circulate it throughout their homes. Give the fan a quick check while you’re dusting the blades.
- Check your exterior paint and siding – The sun can fade the exterior paint color on your home, so check the state of both your paint and siding. Have damaged siding repaired before it creates a problem by letting water seep into your home.
Prep your deck or patio – Most decks and patios need power washing, deck staining and sealing every year. Before you get out your pressure washer, however, it's a good idea to check these areas for cracks and weeds.
Inspect hoses and water lines – Inspect the hoses to your washer, dehumidifier, dishwasher, ice maker, toilets and refrigerator for any signs of leaks, cracking or wear and tear. Check irrigation lines and nozzles for leaks/clogs, and adjust the sprinkler heads so your lawn is evenly covered and water isn’t wasted on sidewalks and driveways.
Inspect the attic, basement, and crawl spaces – We know that attics can cause a bit of claustrophobia. But you’ve got to brave those tight confines at least once a year to check for any indication of pests or insects, water leakage, mold or mildew. The same goes for the basement.
Home maintenance is important all year round and can help avoid costly emergency repairs.
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