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Summer Maintenance

 

A key to protecting the investment you’ve made in your home is by following a regular maintenance schedule. By performing preventative maintenance on an on-going basis,
you’ll avoid many of the big ticket repair items that can lower the value of your home.
Here are helpful checklists for monthly and summer maintenance.
Monthly
Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
Check the filters on your heating and cooling systems.  Be sure to clean and change according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
If you have a humidifier or an electronic air filter, check these as well. 
Check faucets for drips.  Check plumbing for leaks.

Summer

Inside
Deep clean carpets and rugs.
Vacuum air duct grills and bathroom fan grill.
Inspect your dryer’s lint duct.  Disconnect it from the dryer and vacuum out lint from the duct and areas surrounding your dryer.
Inspect windows and doorways.  Replace damaged caulking and weather stripping. 
Have a thorough termite inspection if you don’t currently have a termite service.  Follow up on any treatment and repair recommendations. It will save you money in the long run.
Basement
Check pipes for condensation or dripping.
Check the basement floor trap to be sure it contains water.  Refill as necessary.
Outside
Inspect driveway and walk ways.  Make repairs as needed.
Remove or prune any plants, shrubs or trees that penetrate the foundation, siding or brick.
Check exterior siding and trim for signs of damage.  Clean, repair and/or replace as needed.
Check for and seal holes that could be an entry point for pests and rodents.
Make a visual inspection of your roof (or hire a professional to do so).  Note the general condition.  Sagging could be a sign of structural damage and should be checked by a professional.  Inspect all roof flashings, checking for signs of cracking or leakage.  Replace broken or damaged shingles as needed.
Inspect the chimney cap and caulking. 
Sweep out chimneys connected to a fireplace or wood burning appliance.  Inspect the chimney for end-of-season problems.
Garage
Test garage door to insure it is opening properly and hardware is secure.
Lubricate garage door hardware.  If you have a garage door opener, lubricate automatic garage door opener motor, chain, etc. and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted.
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