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Summer Home Maintenance Schedule

 

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With all the fun activities going on in the summer, it can be easy to forget about the home maintenance activities that need to take place as well. Some of these activities can actually be done during other times of the year while other activities are best suited for summer (or the temperature and seasonal elements of summer make completing these tasks even more important). Taking some time to do these steps will save you the time of a bigger repair issue later.

 

  •  Monitor basement humidity and avoid relative humidity levels above 60 percent. Use a dehumidifier to maintain safe humidity if needed.
  • Clean or replace air conditioning filter, and wash or replace ventilation system filters if necessary.
  • Check basement pipes for condensation or dripping, and take corrective action if needed. This may include reducing humidity and/or insulating cold water pipes.
  • Check basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary.
  • If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently (i.e. laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub, or shower stall) run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
  • Vacuum bathroom fan grille.
  • Disconnect the duct connected to the dryer, then vacuum lint from the duct, the areas surrounding the clothes dryer, and the dryer’s vent hood.
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs.
  • Check security of all guardrails.
  • Repair any damaged steps that present a safety problem.
  • Check smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required.
  • Inspect window putty on outside of glass panes and replace if needed.
  • Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws as needed.
  • Lubricate garage door hardware and ensure it is opening properly.
  • Lubricate automatic garage door opener motor, chain, etc. and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted.
  • Check and replace damaged caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doorways, including the doorway between the garage and the house.
  • Check for and seal any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests, such as bats and squirrels.
  • Remove any plants that contact or roots that penetrate the siding or brick.
  • Climb up on your roof, or use binoculars, to check its general condition, and note any sagging that could indicate structural problems requiring further investigation from inside the attic. Note the condition of all shingles for possible repair or replacement, and examine all roof flashings, such as at chimney and roof joints.
  • Sweep chimneys connected to any wood burning appliance or fireplace, and inspect them for end-of-season problems.
  • Check the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and the chimney.
  • Repair driveway and walkways as needed.