Summer Home Maintenance TipsJune 01, 2016
After protecting your family and belongings from the harsh winter elements, your home needs some TLC. Taking care of basic maintenance tasks in the summer will help your home stand up to the wind, rain, snow, hail, and whatever else nature has in store for many years to come. Follow these tips to help make sure you’re giving your home what it needs to stay in top shape.
Check your sump pump.
Spring rains can bring basement flooding to the unprepared. Make sure you have a properly installed and functioning sump pump in your basement or crawl space so any water that seeps or leaks into these areas can be quickly and efficiently pumped out before it has a chance to damage your home and its contents. To check your pump, first find the pipe that discharges from it on the outside of your house, and look to see if there is any debris blocking it. If so, clear the pipe so water can flow out freely. Then locate your pump and slowly pour clean water into the sump pit. Watch to make sure the float rises and flips the switch to start the pump running. The water should then discharge from the pit, and the pump should turn off. Observing this process will tell you whether there are any problems with the float, switch, or power to the pump. Since Midwestern rainstorms often bring power outages, it’s also important to have a battery back-up pump installed as well. This will ensure that if the power goes out during a storm, your home will still be protected against water damage. There are even “smart” systems now available that can send alerts to your mobile device in case of flooding or power failure.
Take care of your roof and gutters.
Spring storms demand a lot of your roof and gutters; keeping them in optimal condition will help to prevent leaks and expensive repairs. Clean out your gutters, and make sure downspouts are clear and direct water well away from the foundation of your house to allow them to effectively protect your home from damage. Examine your roof, looking for problems such as lifting, curling, or cracked shingles or flashing that is no longer secured around vents and chimneys. Moss can be removed with a soft-bristle scrub brush, but professionals are also available to do this job for you if you’re not entirely comfortable climbing up on a ladder for DIY roof cleaning.
Trim your trees.
Falling limbs and branches can damage your home or injure people on your property. Take a look at the trees around your property for potential hazards, such as dead branches or growth that is becoming too heavy to be supported. In most cases, it’s best to call a tree care professional to make sure this job is done properly and safely.
Touch up calk and paint.
With the weather warming up, this is a great time to walk around the exterior of your home and look at how the paint and calk are holding up. Touch up calk around windows if necessary, and consider whether this is the year for a new coat of paint. If it’s in fairly good shape with just a few patches that are cracked or peeling, scrape and sand the damaged areas, clean with a damp rag, apply a coat of primer, and repaint.
Spending the time and effort to do some basic home maintenance protects your home, your family, and your investment. Get outside this spring and give your home the attention it needs to serve your family well into the future. If you need home services such as painting, roofing, plumbing, or other home maintenance or improvement projects, let us know. We can provide referrals to experienced and trusted professionals who can help you make sure your home stays in great condition.
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Author: Jayson Jones
June 01, 2016
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