With summer well underway, if you haven’t been working on some home maintenance already, it’s time to get started. We’re a couple months into the rainy season, but not quite to peak hurricane season yet, so now is the time to make sure your home is prepared to weather the storms to come.
Does your home have insulated windows? If not, you might want to consider fixing that. According to Phoenix Comfort Systems, windows are an easy way for cool air to escape your home, and insulation helps prevent that. That said, despite claims to the contrary, replacing your existing windows for special insulated ones may not be the best option. There are other methods that may work better for where you live. Try adding tinting or curtains to block out some of the extra heat from the sun. To avoid losing the cool air from your home, make sure the sealing and caulking around your window is in good condition. If it isn’t, you may need to fix it.
Your roof is an absolutely crucial part of your home that you need to maintain. Like a hat or umbrella, it takes the brunt of the elements and protects the rest of the house. At least, it does when it’s in good condition. Make sure your shingles are in good condition and not warped or discolored. If you have missing shingles, or if you’ve noticed that bits of shingle are coming off and you’re finding them in your gutters or on the ground, they need to be replaced.
Prevent Water Leaks
Preventing water leaks is important, both inside and outside your home. Leaks can both damage your property and drive up your water bill, so you definitely want to address those immediately. Internally, you should check your pipes to make sure they aren’t leaking. Include the sink faucets and toilets in your inspection as well. Externally, again, look at your piping, especially in your sprinkler system. This can be a great place to look if you’re trying to reduce how much water you use. It can be something simple, too.According to The Sprinkler Guy, replacing your sprinkler head can help reduce water waste. Make sure your sprinklers are all actually watering your lawn and not the road or sidewalk.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning your gutters regularly is important, especially in preparation for a big storm. Your gutters are a part of what protects your house from flooding, as their primary purpose is to direct water away from your house. This can help prevent your house from suffering serious foundation damage, which is well worth the trouble of cleaning out the gutters correctly in the first place. If your gutters become blocked or clogged with debris, they won’t be able to redirect the water properly. Instead, water will back up and likely overflow the gutters, spilling onto the ground right by your house, exactly where you don’t want it to be. According to Labor Panes, this can even damage your home’s foundation. Take the time to clean your gutters to avoid draining problems.
Maintain the Water Heater
Odds are your water heater is generally an “out of sight, out of mind” sort of thing. At least until something goes wrong with it. Since most people don’t care for showering in freezing cold water, it’s important to make sure you take good care of your water heater. This helps extend its life. To perform basic water heater maintenance, regularly drain it a few times a year to prevent sediment and debris buildup. Test for leaks regularly. Make sure the anode rod is in good condition and replace it if needed. If your unit is on the older side, consider adding insulation to the heater as well as the pipes.
Check Safety Devices
Safety devices such as carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms also need to be regularly maintained. While their maintenance is usually quite simple, it is incredibly important, as these units can mean the difference between life and death. Test detectors regularly to make sure they are in good working order. Replace batteries frequently and as needed. According to Safelincs, smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. These things are simple, but they can have a huge impact.
Summer is a great time to catch up on home maintenance. With peak hurricane season less than a month away, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared. By performing regular maintenance, you’ll protect your home from damage and make it a more comfortable and safer place to live.
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