Summer Home Maintenance Tips

22 Jun

Prepare Your Air Conditioner for Warm Summer Weather
Replace or clean the filter and vacuum the main condenser coil on the top of the central air conditioning unit. Dirty or missing filters could cause mold to grow and to be blown throughout the house.

Check for Roof Damage
Check the exterior of the roof for raised or missing shingles or flashing. Check the attic for roof leaks. Water can be very destructive and costly, leading to rotted roof trusses, leaks through the ceiling, mold growth or termite infestation.

Check Your Home’s Exterior
Look for cracks or damage to siding, wood or windows. Paint exposed wood to avoid rot and infestation. Check caulking around windows and doors and other roof and siding penetrations.

Outdoor Maintenance
Clean and repair outdoor furniture, decks, patios and equipment. Sharpen lawn and garden tools; prune trees, bushes and shrubs, especially those that touch the home.

Repair and Reseal Your Asphalt Driveway
Asphalt and sealer require warm temperatures (above 50 degrees Fahrenheit) for proper application.

Vacuum the Vents to Your Clothes Dryer
While you have the vacuum cleaner out, clean the clothes dryer vents. Lint build-up in the ducts that vent to the outdoors causes more than 15,000 fires each year.

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