How to tackle your summer home maintenance chores

Tackling your summer home maintenance chores

Summer is in full swing!!! What a great time to take advantage of this weather and start checking some summer home maintenance tasks off your TO-DO list.

We want to help you get your house in shape and running smoothly. And while you are at it, tackle some of those specific summer home maintenance chores.

Take the time to check the following indoor and outdoor summer home maintenance tasks off of your TO-DO list.

Indoor:

Refrigerator Coils- The condenser coils on a refrigerator removes heat from inside the unit and it easily gets dusty and dirty. The coil is located on the bottom, behind the kickplate or on the back of the fridge. To clean the refrigerator coils, turn the fridge power off and then vacuum the coils.

Bathroom Drains- Nothing ruins taking a nice long shower more than a slow running drain. To begin, remove the drain assembly and insert a drain stick in the drain pipe to pull out any clogs. Next, poor a little bit of bleach down the drain and wait for 10 minutes. Lastly, flush water down the drain to kill any mold and mildew located in the drain pipe.

Clothes Dryer Vent- Shockingly 15,000 fires are caused annually by the accumulation of lint in dryer vents. Start by removing the dryer hose and outside vent pipe cover, follow by cleaning the inside of the pipe with a vacuum cleaner.

Air Conditioner Filter- In order for a smooth running air conditioner, it is best to replace the air filter occasionally. It is easy to change an air conditioner filter by removing the cover of the air return, sliding out the old filter, and inserting a new one. The air in your house will now be much cleaner.

Ceiling Fan Blades- Dust can build up on your ceiling fans and when you turn them on, it will be flying around the room. It is super easy to attach a clothes dryer sheet on a paint roller using rubber bands to roll those dust bunnies away!

Outdoor:

Barbeque Grill- It is grilling season, therefore you want to get ready for all those summer barbeques by cleaning and preparing your gas grill. Scrub the grates with a liquid grill cleaner you can pick up at a local hardware store and then clean the burners with a wire brush.

Lawn Irrigation- Inspect your irrigation lines for clogs and leaks. Adjust the sprinkler heads to make sure you are watering your lawn evenly and not wasting water.

Pressure Wash Your Exterior- Making sure your exterior walls are clean from dirt, stains, and mildew is made easy with the use of a pressure washer. Just ensure that you cover any plants, electrical outlets, and windows to prevent any damage.

Cleaning the Garage- Cleaning the garage should be a summer ritual. Keeping the garage clean and organized can extend its life and make your life easier. Go through your garage and throw out anything unnecessary. Apply a coat of sealant to the floor if needed and you can add shelving or organization units to make better use of your space.

Summer is a fantastic time to take advantage of those few days off and nice weather to catch up on some of your, otherwise neglected, chores. Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance tips is the best way to protect the investment you have in your home. Make the most of your space and time to help keep your home a safe and happy place to live in by following these summer home maintenance tips.

Sources:

Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford (www.todayshomeowner.com)

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