The official arrival of summer brings a new list of tasks that will help keep your greatest investment protected. Spending some time on seasonal maintenance will help ensure that your home is in tip-top shape for the warmest season. Here are eight easy chores to make your home safe and comfortable all summer long.
- Secure windows and doors. Start inside by checking the locks on your doors to make sure they are secure. Simply open the doors and check to see that they close and latch properly. Next, check all window locks to ensure they all function correctly. When handling the doors and windows, also look at their frames for any evidence of damage. Lastly, inspect window and door screens in case there are any holes that need to be patched to prevent mosquitos and other insects from flying indoors.
- Replace storm doors with screen doors. If you have storm windows on some doors of your home, now is the time to replace them with screens to let the fresh summer breeze blow indoors.
- Peek at power sources. Look for frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs on your electrical outlets and cords because they could be potential fire hazards. To prevent a potential fire, avoid overloading electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
- Look for leaks. Look inside your toilet for any leaking or issues with the float valve, and check all pipe connections. Next, inspect washing machine hoses and if you see any signs of cracking, wear or leakage, they must be replaced.
- Keep it cool. Clean or replace your furnace filter to reduce any fire hazard. Most manufacturers recommend changing the filters after two or three hundred hours of use which basically averages out to once a month, so it’s important to change them at least seasonally. Refer to your HVAC system’s instruction manual in case your filters can be replaced less frequently. Check your dryer vent and lint trap, as well as the space under your dryer, in case any cleaning is required.
- Check the deck. Harsh winters can leave their mark on wooden structures. Check the deck and all steps for rot or other deterioration. Any rotted or loose boards should be repaired or replaced to protect your loved ones.
- Inspect recreational equipment. If you have a swing set or any type of play structure, look for any potential dangers such as rusty bolts or sharp edges. Make sure all areas are in good condition and operating properly to ensure children’s safety.
- Talk a walk. Walk the exterior perimeter of your home to determine if there are any obvious changes or damage that need to be addressed. It’s wise to have your roof inspected by a professional once every few years to identify areas of potential leakage.
Taking these recommended steps will help ensure that your home is your primary source of relaxation and enjoyment during the summer, and for years to come.
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