Maintaining Your Home in Summer

Home Inspection Summer Solid State


The following article was published in Snap Coquitlam August Paper and the River Springs Summer Community Paper.


Finally, it is the middle of summer. All the summer activities are in season, my oldest kid (and the teacher I married) are out of school, and the weather tends to be more predictably ‘nice’. Now we can kick back and relax on our days off, spend a little extra time in the community pool, and just enjoy living in paradise.


For our homes, summer is a hard working season. The heat of the sun causes a lot of additional stress on building materials and finishes. Our yards (which we now want to enjoy) have grown in the spring and are now getting less water. Our lifestyles also change in the summer to spending more time outside and trying to keep the building cool inside. Here are a few simple things to consider helping yourself and your house in this season.


Keeping Cool

  • Ceiling fans are an excellent way to circulate air in your home. You can run them in either direction depending on where you want to pull or push air towards (hot air wants to rise). Dust them as needed and make sure to balance any wobbly blades by tightening screws. If you can’t fix a wobble, it is time to replace the fan completely.
  • Screens in windows can help you keep out pests and allow more air flow in your home. Screen repair tools and kits are available at your local hardware store. It can take a few tries to get doing this right but anyone can learn how (YouTube video’s are great for Do-it-yourself info)
  • If you are fortunate enough to have an air-conditioner, change or clean the filter regularly (every few weeks at most). Even most portable and in-window air conditioners have an air filter.


Yard and Garden

  • A great water conservation technique in summer is to still cut grass frequently but cut it a little longer. This provides more shade for the roots which helps to keep them from drying out as quickly
    • If you do need to water, do it in the cool of the morning. 
  • Trees can provide excellent cooling and shade around your home. Make sure to prune branches so they cannot damage your home in any high winds. Also look for any signs of rot or damage that may indicate something unhealthy with the tree.
  • If you are planting any new trees or shrubs, consider the plants size as it matures and if roots may damage driveways, walkways, or underground pipes. These repairs in the future could be very expensive.

 

House Exterior

  • This is a great time to wash the outside of windows and siding. While it may be tempting to use a pressure washer, a garden hose is best to avoid driving water behind surfaces and damaging the finish of your home. Apply paint or caulking to siding, trim, windows, and doors as needed to maintain a water tight exterior in the coming winter rains.
  • Grab a can of lubricant and make sure your door hinges, gate hardware, and garage door components are well lubricated for the coming year.
  • This is also a good time to make sure your roof, gutters, dryer and kitchen exhausts, and chimneys are in good condition. If you are not comfortable with inspecting these areas, consider calling in a handyman or professional for help.


The biggest tip I have for summer is for you to take some time and enjoy it with your friends and family. Keeping our homes well maintained can potentially save us thousands of dollars in emergency repairs but summer memories are priceless.


By James Bell - Owner/Operator of Solid State Inspections Inc.