Home Maintenance Jobs You Need To Do This Summer
Regular home maintenance is so important if you want to avoid having to make any major, costly repairs. There are a lot of jobs that you can’t really do in the winter. This is because the weather is unrelenting. Now that summer is here again, you should take the opportunity to get some work done around the home.
A lot of this maintenance will help to protect your home in the winter. This will help to stop the harsh weather from causing any damage so it’s important that you do it now. If you’ve been putting off maintenance around your home, you should work through this checklist of jobs for the summer.
Inspect Air Conditioners
Now that the weather is nice again, you’ll be running your air conditioners a lot. Before you do, you need to inspect them. People often neglect this and that’s a problem for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if you don’t do regular maintenance then there’s the chance that your air conditioner is going to break down.
Believe me, that’s not what you want in the height of summer. It’s a busy time of year! It will probably not get it fixed quickly. Get ahead of the game and service it right away to avoid any breakdowns.
The other problem is that an old air conditioner can be very bad for the air quality in your home. Most people don’t realize this because a well-serviced air conditioner will actually clean the air in your home.
If it hasn’t been serviced for a long time, there will be a big build up of bacteria and dust. All of that bacteria will be pumped out into the air.
That’s why you need to take it apart and clean it out regularly so it runs smoothly and cleans the air out properly.
Service The Heating
Servicing your heating on a regular basis is important. Though it is difficult in the winter because you need it on all of the time. In the summer, when the heating isn’t being used, it’s a lot easier to service it. You can do this without worrying about the house being cold.
Now is the time to call a company like Proficient Plumbing & Heating and get them to do a full service of all of the pipes and the boiler. If you service it regularly, you can identify any small cracks in the pipes and fix them before they turn into a full-blown leak. Leaks are going to cause you a lot of damage.
When your heating isn’t being used at all over the summer there is a chance that it won’t work properly. Especially when you turn it back on again after months of not being used.
That’s going to be a big problem if you only realize that it needs repairing once the weather is freezing cold again. But if you service it during the summer and then turn the boiler on once in a while, you can make sure that it’s all in good working order when you need it.
Paint The Outside Of The House
Painting the outside of the house can’t really be done during the winter because the rain will just wash it all off again, so you’ll need to do it in the summer. Painting the exterior of the house is important not just for aesthetic reasons, it’s also important for protecting your home in the winter.
Good quality exterior paint forms a protective layer so the brickwork isn’t damaged by the rain. Which is why you need to get it done in the summer. If you’ve done it in the last few years then you’re probably fine as long as you use good quality paint. You should try to do it once every 5 years or so. If the paint is starting to flake off and it looks bad, you should give it a fresh coat of paint.
You should also take the opportunity to replace the front door or at least paint it if it isn’t too old. If you have wooden windows then they need attention as well because the frames will get damaged over time.
If you fill any gaps and then paint the frames, you should be able to avoid any serious damage. Though if you don’t do this regular maintenance then you’ll end up having to replace the entire frames and that will be expensive.
Sort Out Your Decking
The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy the outdoor space in your home. If you have decking in the garden, it’s likely that it’s a bit worse for wear after being neglected during the winter.
Lots of weeds and moss will grow on the decking when the weather is wet so the first thing you need to do is pull up all the weeds and scrub the decking down to get rid of that moss.
It may also need resealing if the protective layer has worn away over time. If you’re doing this regularly, you won’t have to worry about water damage and rot. If you neglect it, you’ll end up having to replace the decking completely.
The easiest way to tell whether your deck needs resealing is to put some water over it.
If the water forms beads then the protective coating is fine but if it starts soaking into the wood, you should sand it down and reseal it.
Fix The Roof
After a particularly harsh winter, it’s likely that your roof has taken a bit of a battering. If you have loose tiles or gaps in the roof, they’re going to cause you a lot of problems when winter rolls around again.
If you leave those loose tiles, they will eventually come off. You may end up with serious leaks in the roof.
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When that happens, you’ll be dealing with damp problems throughout the house. That’s going to be very expensive. But if you just fix those loose tiles during the summer, the roof will be in good shape for winter.
Check off all of the jobs off this summer maintenance checklist. Doing so will help you and your home ready when winter rolls around!
Do you have any summer maintenance jobs to do in the summer we missed?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.