Summer

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Summer is the easiest month of the year for maintaining your home. Time to enjoy all the hard work you did in the spring and if you had any major projects planned, this would be a good time to get at them. 


Regular home maintenance is necessary to avoid major unexpected costs. Maintenance left undone can be a major detriment to a homes value in the future and creates a lot of red flags in a Home Inspection.


This maintenance list is not exhaustive or tailored to your home but is a good place to help you get started on maintaining your home:


  • A Special note about Strata’s
    • If you are in a strata, many common exterior maintenance items are covered by your strata fees. We have highlighted common items covered by strata management with a “


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. ✪
  • Keep vegetation cut back from growing against the side of the house ✪

 

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. ✪
  • Pick a medium warm day, and if you are comfortable and the roof pitch is safe, go up and make sure your roof is in good shape. While you are up there, make sure your chimneys are clear, your flashings are in good shape, and look down the vent pipes to make sure there are no blockages (e.g. nests). ✪


Regular Maintenance

These areas of your home should be checked as frequently as possible regardless of the season.


  • Ensure you have fire extinguishers charged and in proximity to the kitchen 
  • Regularly check stair handrails and all guardrails to ensure they are secure and can hold an adult’s bodyweight in a fall
  • Test your smoke detectors and replace batteries as needed
  • Test your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)’s on your breaker panel or at each outlet to ensure they trip correctly when the test button is pressed.
  • Ensure all your home’s air intakes and exhausts (e.g. dryer vents, furnace air intakes) are not blocked ✪
  • Check and clean the filters in your range hood and ensure the vents are not blocked
  • Replace your furnace filter every 6-8 weeks during heating season and during cooling season if you have central A/C or a heat pump
  • For hot water or steam heating systems, check your expansion tank to ensure it has not become water logged
  • During or after any prolonged rain period, check to ensure drains and weather seals are keeping or draining water as needed to protect your home ✪
  • Monitor caulking in kitchen and baths and maintain as needed


If you have any concerns about maintaining your home for fall, consider calling in your local home inspector to help you learn about your home and regular maintenance.


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