Summer time is here, it’s the perfect time to give your home occasional tune-ups to keep it in tip-top shape! The home goes through various stages of breakdown as the season changes. And just like a car, it needs regular maintenance and repairs. Not sure where to start? Below is our full maintenance checklist for the summer season:
Start with the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
One of the most important parts of the home is the smoke or carbon monoxide detector. You want to make sure the detector is working properly despite the hot climate. If it’s not working properly or it needs repair, you’ll have to let a professional handle the problem.
Check and Clean the Air Conditioner and Fans
The weather’s getting hotter, which means you’ll use the A/C a lot. Make sure to prep your air conditioners and fans. You can either do this yourself or let a professional do the cleaning for the A/C. Usually, you’ll just remove the filters and clean them very well. Remove debris and dust that accumulated on the filters, pop them right back into the unit and you’re done.
For the fans, you’ll have to remove the outer covering, wipe the blades with a damp cloth and put together the covering back again. The same thing applies for ceiling fans. You can use a ceiling fan duster to remove dirt, grime and dust from the blades.
Prepping the Clothesline
Summertime is the best time to dry the clothes outside! The sun’s ultraviolet rays will blast microbes while bleaching your clothes. You will also save more money on your electric bill if you dry your clothes outside.
Cleaning the Outdoor Grill
Got an outdoor grill? Summertime is the best time for a family cookout! Make sure your grill is up for the job.
If you have a gas grill, turn up the heat to the highest level then cover the grill with a lid. Keep the grill on for half an hour. Then, turn it off, let the grill cool before getting a grill brush. Brush the grill to remove the gunk then wipe with a damp sponge and cleaner. Next, move onto the grill’s drip pans.
If you have a charcoal grill, you want to remove the residue on the grills completely. Get a scrubby sponge, some liquid dishwashing soap, and hot water. Wet the grill with hot water, then brush the grills until all the gunk and grime are removed. Rinse very well with hot water.
Checking and Repairing the Gutter
The gutters tend to sustain a lot of damage due to the changing seasons. Look for cracks, drips or misaligned tubes. You can check for leaks by getting a hose and running water through the gutter. Make repairs accordingly.
Checking the Decks
You want to look for signs of rotting wood, damaged deck boards, etc. If you see any nails poking out, hammer it. To check if your deck needs sealing, sprinkle water on it. If the water rolls away into beads, then it does not require sealing. If the water seeped into the board, you’ll have to reseal the deck.
Cleaning and Repairing the Windows
If you haven’t cleaned or made repairs on the windows, now’s the best time to do it. Don’t wait until the colder climate starts causing cracks on the window frames. If the glass panel is damaged, replace it right away.