Summer is finally here, but due to the current state of the world, most Americans are staying at home having been forced to forego their vacation plans. But, instead of feeling sad about being stuck at home and not on a beach sipping a mojito, you can take this as an opportunity to tackle a few summer home maintenance projects. A little pain now will provide big gains later – you’ll ensure that your home not only runs smoothly throughout the summer but also when the colder seasons eventually come.
Assess the state of your roof
You may not think so, but summer is the best time to check your roof and gutters to ensure they’re still in good shape. The last thing you want is to realize that you have a leaky roof when it starts raining in the fall or, even worse, during winter when it’s so hard to get up there and fix it. You can start by checking your gutters to see if there is an excessive amount of granules since they can be a sign of roof issues. Also, look for any chips or cracks in the roof, missing shingles, and water stains on the underside of the attic as they can indicate that your roof needs repair. Make sure to clean out your gutters as well to get rid of leaves and debris that could clog the water runoff and cause damage to the sides of your house.
Check the plumbing system
A smoothly and efficiently operating plumbing system ensures that you have clean, freshwater flowing out of your faucets as well as warm water to keep your family clean. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t think about their plumbing system when it comes to summer home maintenance until a problem arises, by which time they’re left with a huge mess and a large bill. You can avoid this by checking your plumbing system regularly to catch small problems early before they get worse. Start by checking for leaks in pipe valves, faucets, toilet flappers, showerheads, and loose pipe fittings.
You also want to ensure that all your drains are not clogged, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom; all drains must have a full swirl as the water goes down. Your water heater may also need a tuneup if you notice any signs of damage, including getting cold or lukewarm water, a foul smell coming from your faucet, a complete discoloration of hot water, or low hot water pressure. Most types of water heater damage can be repaired by a professional, but if your heater has served you for more than a decade, it might be a good time to get a new one.
Tune up your HVAC system
The HVAC system is vital for keeping your home comfortable regardless of the weather conditions outside. This is another summer home maintenance must! First of all, since you need your air conditioner most during the hot summer days, you can check it to ensure that it’s cooling properly. While at it, clean the filter to get rid of debris that could make it hard for the system to cool your home or even replace it if necessary. The heating system also needs some TLC to ensure that it’s ready for its busiest seasons – fall and winter. If anything seems off with your HVAC system, your best bet is to hire a professional HVAC company to perform a full and thorough service of the entire system.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all your systems are always working efficiently. Proper summer home maintenance practices not only keep you comfortable and happy in your home but also help you to prolong its life and boost its value.