A summer maintenance checklist for your home

A summer maintenance checklist for your home

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By Jim Sulski
From Completely at Home

Summer's long days and warm weather makes it a perfect time for serious preventative maintenance on the outside of a home. It's also a good time to complete the tasks that will help your home better survive next winter.

Each of these fairly simple do-it-yourself tasks will take only a few minutes during each month, and will help keep your home in top shape.

JUNE

With temperatures well above freezing, June is good time to paint your home's exterior. Things such as blistering or cracking paint should be addressed as soon as possible as they can lead to other problems, such as wood rot. Paint defects can be spot patched. However, if your home's exterior has a large amount of flaws, you may want to consider repainting the entire home.

JULY

An annual power washing and resealing of a pressure-treated wood deck is not only a way to make it look nicer but helps extend the deck's life. Renting a high-pressure power washer to clean a deck removes dirt and dead wood fiber, which gives the deck a drab appearance. A new coat of deck sealer, meanwhile, prevents the deck from graying and also stops cracking and splitting of the wood.

AUGUST

August's often muggy temperatures can drain the water supply. Often, homeowners can see the effects of that drain by reduced water pressure in their homes.

To make sure you're getting all the water pressure you can, clean out the traps in the faucet's end every year. Often, the flow of water is impaired by mineral deposits and other debris stuck in the traps, which looks like a small screen.

Unscrew the end of the faucet with a pair of pliers and remove the trap from the tip. Flush out the debris and replace the trap.

Year-round tasks

Make sure you change the batteries on all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home at least twice a year. Fire Department officials recommend that this is done in the spring and fall when we reset our clocks and "fall back" and "spring ahead".

Although most homeowners think of it as a spring or fall job, check your gutters for debris every other month. A clogged gutter can caused water damage to a home when rainwater backs up over the gutter and washes over the side of a house.

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