Owning a home is the American dream, but it definitely comes with a lot of responsibilities and challenges. Each season of the year presents the homeowner with unique problems, from scorching summers and spring downpours to long weeks of freezing temperatures. With summer soon to be in full swing, we thought we’d give you a few to-do’s in order to help you keep your home in tip-top shape.
- Clean out your gutters to make way for the rain of summer storms. This will ensure that rainwater is quickly and effectively ushered away from your foundation, where it can cause damage.
- Have your cooling system serviced. A summer checkup by a pro can not only ensure your home stays cool, it can also potentially catch small issues before they become large problems.
- Inspect your home’s crawl spaces before it gets too warm. Moisture in these areas can be dangerous and lead to mold, rot, and other issues.
- If your home has an irrigation system, now’s the time to inspect it. You’ll want to check the irrigation lines and nozzles for both leaks and clogs, and also check the sprinkler heads to make sure they’re all operational.
- Walk around your foundation and look for cracks and damage. The changing temperature, along with moisture and soil settling, can all cause big issues. It’s best to locate these issues as soon as possible, so repeat this step with every changing season.
- Do a quick check on all your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. This is something you should do several times a year, so be sure to mark it on your calendar so that you never let more than 4 months go by in between inspections.
Last but not least, don’t forget to swap out those HVAC filters, and to do so more frequently if you’re using your AC on overtime this summer! And, remember, your home is unique and might have plenty of additional items to inspect, check, and repair. So if you’re unsure what you might need to do, or come across a problem that you need help with, don’t hesitate to call a professional!