The summer season is when many homeowners take the time to improve the quality of their home and maintain the property once the weather clears up. Home maintenance is necessary to increase the lifespan of different materials and improve the functionality and appearance of the setting. During the month of July, there are a few home maintenance tasks to add to your checklist to transform your residential property and feel proud to show it off.
Inspect and Drain the Water Heater
The hot water heater is often neglected by homeowners because it’s out of sight and out of mind as it’s stored in the garage or a closet. Unfortunately, minor issues may be present, which can begin to escalate over time. Perform a visual inspection by looking for leaks that may be present, specifically near the water lines and fittings. It’s also necessary to examine the pressure relieve valve to ensure it’s working correctly and doesn’t have any water that has accumulated. Removing sediment during the process is also necessary, which can be done by completely draining the water heater after turning it off. You’ll need to close the cold water supply valve and attach a garden hose that runs outside to remove all of the water. Once the tank is empty, you’ll need to open the cold water valve to flush out all sediment that has accumulated.
Power Wash the Windows and Siding
Remove excess dirt and grime that has settled onto your windows and siding by power washing the surfaces to make your home look new again. Power washing the surfaces will remove mold, mildew, and algae at a fraction of the time that it would take to scrub it by hand. You can also spend this time cleaning an outdoor deck or patio. First, repair any damaged areas where deteriorated wood may be present. Avoid pressure washing surfaces that may have lead paint, which is typically older homes. Using different attachments can also allow you to use the right amount of pressure for each surface to avoid damage.
Repair the Driveway
Those with asphalt driveways can have forms or cracks that form due to inclement weather conditions. Check for cracks or holes and clean them out before filling them with new concrete. Driving over the patched areas can help to compact the new concrete and secure it on the driveway.
Check the Crawlspace
You’ll need to carefully inspect the crawlspace under the building to ensure that the ground is completely covered with a layer of thick plastic sheeting, which will prevent moisture from causing mildew and mold to form over time. Avoid storing any materials like cardboard or wood in the crawlspace, which can attract termites and can also become damaged by moisture.
Feel free to contact me if you want a referral for the help of a professional to maintain your home and improve its overall quality in the summer, which will boost the overall quality and value of the property.