Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to summer home maintenance. Luckily, there are projects you can tackle fairly easily that will not take up a lot of your time. We’re here to help you get started with a list of 5 projects that can be completed this weekend.
Check for Leaks
- Always be looking for any signs of wet spots or puddles in or around your yard. These are indicators that there may be a problem. Broken sprinkler heads or sprinkler malfunction are often the causes of water loss and should be taken care of immediately.
- Outside taps and hoses should be carefully inspected for wear and tear and leaks. Repair or replace as needed. If a tap is broken, consider calling a professional for repairs, as this is a more difficult DIY project.
- If you have water pooling and you suspect it may be a crack or break in underground piping, a professional should be called to assess the area.
Inspect the A/C
- It’s no surprise that summer is the busiest season for the A/C unit. You want your unit running as smoothly as possible.
- Remove and clean or replace filters. Consider calling a professional for an annual A/C tune-up and assessment.
Check Your Roof
- Summer is a great time to check your roof for signs of wear and tear from harsh winter and spring weather. Look for rust spots or signs of leaks and gaps on flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys. Check for signs of damage including cracked, buckled, or missing shingles. If shingles are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately.
- Always stay safe when checking out a roof. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, hire a licensed professional to check for wear and tear.
- If you have a steep roof or multistory house, be sure to stay safe. Binoculars can be used from the around to make assessments.
- Exhaust vents in bathrooms and laundry rooms collect months of dust and debris. This buildup can deter the vent from doing its job of pulling moisture out of the air and away from walls. Moisture buildup can cause mold and other water damage.
- Take care of vents by removing the coverings and vacuuming out the dust.
- Mulch can be a great addition to any garden area, especially in the hot summer months. It helps hold in moisture, fights off weeds, and keeps plants thriving. If you use mulch close to your home, be sure to keep a barrier of at least 6 inches between house walls and landscaping. If mulch becomes wet and is too close to a home’s structure, it can rot the material and lead to possible water damage in the future.
- There are different types of materials that can be used for mulching. Be aware that some hold in moisture better than others. River rocks, for example, will not be as effective as wood chips or bark.
Summer home maintenance doesn’t have to take up all of your time. Tackling a few projects at a time will help to even out that to-do list.
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