SPI’s Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips For Summer
As we roll into the warmer months of the year, there are a few home maintenance items you should keep in mind so that your home is in its peak performance. Here are our top 10 home maintenance tips that you can do over the summer period:
- Inspect and clean your gutters for debris to prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. A clogged gutter may lead to water leakage and possible structural damage so it’s recommended to keep on top of this.
- Check your deck or patio for any possible deterioration such as cracked boards, rotted wood and missing screws or nails. Determine if your deck needs sealing by sprinkling water on the deck’s boards. If the water soaks right in, then it’s time to reseal your deck.
- Have your roof inspected by a professional. Roof problems are not always obvious. You may not be aware that damage has occurred, or issues are building up. A roof inspection can put your mind at ease. Our team at SPI can help if you have any concerns about your roof. Some common roof issues that we come across include moisture and roof leaks, fascia boards rotting, rusty and leaking gutters and general lack of maintenance.
- Check your home’s smoke detectors to make sure they’re working properly. When you’re asleep, you lose your sense of smell. A smoke alarm will alert you if there is smoke from a fire. The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) recommends monthly testing of smoke alarms to ensure they are working correctly. On a yearly basis, we recommend to vacuum around the smoke alarm vent and replace the battery at the end of daylight saving.
- Summer is a good time to wash your exterior windows to keep them looking clean. Window cleaning is an essential task that needs to be done for both aesthetic and maintenance reasons. You may wish to engage the services of a professional window cleaner or undertake the job yourself.
- Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. However, avoid mulching around the weepholes to ensure termites won’t be able to find an entry point into your house.
- Repair/replace damaged window screens to alleviate any bugs making their way into the house. With regular maintenance, your window screen can last for years. It’s important to repair or replace a small hole or tear promptly to prevent it growing larger.
- Check your window sealants by looking for any gaps. Gaps and cracks around window frames can contribute to undesirable draughts and possibly, high energy bills. Replace any rubber seals that are worn out to help reduce air and water leaks. Sealing these areas is a relatively easy task that you can do yourself, without the assistance of an expert.
- Check that painted exterior items are in good condition and touch up as required. This may include your front door, porch posts, outdoor furniture and fencing.
- Consider having your air conditioner serviced to make sure that your air filters are clean. By cleaning your air conditioner regularly, you can help save money, protect you and your family’s health and make sure your air conditioner lasts longer.
The summer months provide a perfect opportunity to get on top of your home maintenance tasks. If you’re unsure of the process, it’s always a good idea to call in the experts. For any advice, please call the SPI team on 1300 721 032 or email email@example.com today.