It’s the month of June, so we can safely say summer is officially here. And while it’s definitely an easier season on your home than winter, there are still some things that need to be kept up if you’re going to keep everything running smoothly. But before you go guessing at what needs to be done and what can be put off, we’ve garnished a pretty useful list. Take care of the items listed below and your summer maintenance tasks should be a breeze.
1.) Check alarms and detectors. Burglars and thieves often take the winter months off, and making a quick getaway is much more difficult on an icy driveway. So as soon as the months start warming up, you should really make sure all your alarms and detectors are in working order. We feel your smoke detectors should be tested as often as possible. Better safe than sorry.
2.) Spruce up the air conditioner. If you don’t have central air in your home, you’ll want to make sure your air conditioner is in tip top working order. Remove and clean all the filters, and be sure to dust and inspect all your ceiling fans as well. If you do have central air, it would be in your best interest to call a professional to make sure everything is running smoothly, especially if it’s been a rather rough winter.
3.) Analyze and polish the porch. Even if you freshly stained your porch last spring, you should still give it a good once-over. Inspect it carefully to see if there are any cracks or creases that water may have seeped into, and then give it a good sweep and scrub. Sprinkle water in various areas to see if it beads up or soaks in. If it beads up you’re in good shape, whereas if it soaks in you need to reseal your deck.
4.) Check your watering system. Your sprinklers haven’t been running all winter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your pipes were clear of water. Turn your sprinklers on and be on the lookout for leaks. Have someone inside your house to listen for drips or odd noises. Water from a burst underground pipe can easily make its way into your crawlspace or basement.
5.) Clean your grill. If you’re one of the those people that cooks every meal on an outdoor cooker during the summer time, now’s the time to get it cleaned up and ready to go. You don’t want to spend an hour scrubbing off old soot the first time you get a chance to use it. For gas grills, turn up the heat and let the grill cook for half an hour. Let it cool then scrub everything off with a grill brush and don’t forget to clean the grills drip pans. For charcoal grills, empty everything out then clean the entire thing with some dish soap and hot water. Let it dry completely before use.