With summer in full swing, it’s time to get your home ready for the hotter summer months ahead. Given that your home will probably need additional maintenance to keep functioning throughout the summer, starting preparations now can help bring down energy bills, improve the efficiency and life of the components of your home, and increase the overall safety of your property. Here are some ways to get your home summer-ready.
Clean the Walkway
Pressure-wash the walkway, then replace damaged pavers or bricks, or just flip them over. If any pavers are sticking up too high, raise them, remove a little dirt, and drop them back in place. On concrete walkways fill in cracks with a masonry crack filler that matches the color of your concrete.
Clean Up the Front Door
Probe the weather stripping around the door with a screwdriver and caulk any post-winter gaps before tightening hinges that may have come loose due to shifts in temperature.
Clean the Windows
Caulk any gaps in the framing and check that the mechanics are working by opening and closing each window a few times.
Inspect Your Roof
A quick look at your roof and home’s exterior could reveal minor problems that have begun over the winter, which you can have repaired before they become major issues. Check for misaligned, cracked, or missing shingles, all of which can let water seep in. Also check flashing (those metal pieces where the shingles meet places like your chimney) for rust and inspect the caulk around pipes or skylights to be sure it hasn’t cracked. Inspect the chimney and the joints between the bricks or stones for pieces that have fallen out or have vegetation growing in them. Both could be signs of water problems.
Clean the Deck
Use a deck brush or power washer plus a deck-cleaning solution/wood cleaner (ask us for recommendations) to remove mold, dirt, and mildew. If the finish is worn, let the wood dry for a few days, then re-stain.
Clear Out Gutters
Clean leaves and debris from your gutters. The next time it rains, stand outside and look for breaks or leaks in your gutters and downspouts.
If you’re looking for help with your spring cleaning list, we’ve got your back. We specialize in gutter cleaning, window cleaning, and power washing, contact us today to see what we can do for you.