Nine Essential Summer Home Maintenance Tips
Another summer is here, and if you endured a couple seasons of harsh weather conditions, or if you have some deferred maintenance to take care of, it’s time to get started. Rain, wind, and other weather fun may have wreaked havoc with your roof, your fence, or your yard, but the “obvious” fixes are only the beginning. Use this guide to help you address some common issues that can help you fix up your home this summer and help it run – and look – better all year long.
Clean out your gutters
There’s no telling what kind of crud has collected in there since the last time you cleaned them out.
Do a deep fridge cleanout
Have some unidentified leftovers in a Tupperware way in the back or a long-ago expired jar of pickles in the door? The first step is to chuck it all – but make sure to schedule your cleanout to coincide with the trash pickup for the week. The last thing you want is a jar of mayo siting out in the bin for five consecutive 100-degree days.
While you’re attacking the refrigerator, don’t forget to address the coils. “The condenser coils on a refrigerator remove heat from inside the unit; and if they get dusty and dirty, it can cost up to $100 more a year to run your fridge,” said Today’s Homeowner. “The coil is located either on the bottom behind the kickplate, or on the back of the refrigerator. To clean refrigerator coils, turn off the power to the fridge, then vacuum the coils using a homemade wand from a cardboard gift wrap tube or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.”
Change out your filters
This is one of those areas where homebuyers don’t tend to heed product manufacturers’ guidelines. The general recommendation is every 30–60 days.
Deep clean your carpets
You should be doing this at least once a year to protect your carpets and limit allergens. Summer is the perfect time in most climates because the rainy season has passed, which means there’s less likelihood of kids and pets tracking in mud.
Have your air conditioning unit serviced
If you’re the type who only makes a call about your air conditioning when it’s not working, consider this: Units that are serviced regularly tend to last longer and have a lower incidence of breaking down, which always seems to happen on the day when the heat index breaks a record.
Check your deck
“Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking up,” said The Nest. “Then, determine if your deck needs sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape; but if it soaks right in, it’s time to reseal that sucker.
If you haven’t cleaned your showerhead in a year – or, ever – it’s well past time. This involves one of our favorite home maintenance tips of all time, because it takes almost zero effort.
“First slip a rubber band over the top of the showerhead. You may want to loop it around the shower arm once or twice so the plastic bag will stay in place,” said Better Homes and Gardens. “Then fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag to the showerhead by slipping the top of it underneath the rubber band. Wait one hour, then remove the bag and turn on the water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.”
Examine your clothes dryer vent
This is a critically important maintenance issue and should be done regularly – about “once a year depending on the size of the household and dryer usage,” said TODAY.
Check your roof
A strong storm season may have left you with loose tiles or shingles. Now is the time to have your roof checked to make sure you won’t end up with leaks when the rain comes again.