Love it or not, summer’s here. That means a rise in heat humidity, storms, and energy bills! Luckily, some simple summer maintenance can help you ward off expensive home repairs, prevent water damage, and save you time, energy, and money.
Follow this summer maintenance checklist to help increase savings and prevent small issues from growing into major expenses. This will give you peace of mind and make your home cleaner and more comfortable. Get started today!
Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Check the outside of your home for any damage or wear and tear that needs addressing. In order to mitigate further damage, walk around your property and make sure everything is as it should be.
- Check for sharp edges, holes, and objects that could present a hazard.
- Don’t leave yard equipment out.
- Pay particular attention faucets and irrigation systems for water leaks and gutter, vents, and downspouts for nests and clogs.
- In addition to getting a close-up view of everything by taking a walk, conduct a long-range visual inspection as well. Make sure there is no plant life coming into contact with the home. This will help prevent pests along with other problems.
- Don’t forget to inspect and clean around your outdoor HVAC unit (condenser coils and aluminum fins). Learn how to clean around your outdoor heat pump.
Irrigation System Inspection
A hose, sprinkler, or irrigation leak can cause major water losses and big problems for your landscaping. Make sure you are checking your outdoor plumbing periodically for leaks and damage, about once a week.
- Inspect all components of irrigation system, including the backflow preventer, irrigation line, spray heads, and valves. Look for standing water, soggy ground, and soil erosion.
- Make sure sprinkler heads are straight and flush with the soil surface.
- Clear any obstructions from the sprinkler spray.
- Adjust sprinkler heads so they don’t spray walls, driveways, or sidewalks.
- Click here for efficient irrigation tips
Roof and Gutter Inspection
It’s also a good idea to look through a pair of binoculars and inspect the condition of your roof. You can also drone-mounted camera.
When examining your roof, eaves, overhangs, and gutter, check for:
- Solar panels
- Clogged gutters
- Water damage around eaves, overhangs, the fascia, and gutter system
- Vent stacks
- Old antennas and satellite dishes
- Chimney, chimney joins, caps, and mortar joints
- Any debris
- Loose or damaged shingles/tiles
- Trees coming in contact with roof or siding
- Stains that indicate water leakage
As a general rule, the whole roof needs replacing if a third or more of the roof is damaged. If you suspect a problem, contact a professional roofing contractor.
If you notice any water damage to the fascia, exterior walls, or the gutter system, address the issue as soon as possible. If you notice standing water or soiled areas, you may want to consider re-grading, adding berms, or installing a French drain.
Make sure gutters and downspouts are properly diverting water away from the home. Consider using a downspout extender to help direct the water where it needs to go.
In addition to some spring cleaning, make sure to inspect the interior of your home for all of the following:
- Make sure all of your windows and doors have functioning locks.
- Check all windows and doors for cracks, holes, and air leaks.
- Replace caulking and weatherstripping as needed.
- Inspect and clean out dryer vent and lint trap as well as the space under and behind the dryer. Remove the dryer hose and clean the iside with a special brush or vacuum cleaner.
- Check plumbing system for leaks.
- Inspect screen doors for holes and patch them as needed.
- If you don’t have screen doors, consider installing some.
- Consider reorganizing your kitchen.
- Clean off refrigerator coils by unplugging the fridge and vacuuming the area behind the fridge.
- Clean dirty windows.
- Make sure all ceiling fans are blowing downwards, not upwards. Flip the little black switch on the base to reverse ceiling fan direction. While your checking ceiling fans, clean the dust of the blades. Use an old pillowcase to catch all the dust from falling around your home.
- Clean the inner and outer surfaces of your range hood and filter.
- Clean around your bathroom ceiling vents
- If there’s mineral buildup around your showerheads, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and rubber-band it around the showerhead to sit overnight. Remove the bag and run the showerhead to rinse it out.
- Look for condensation and water damage around your air vents.
- Find and seal air leaks in the home. The more cool air that escapes your home, the more you pay in energy bills.
- Update first aid kits and go over your home escape plan.
- Check your HVAC filter every 30 days and replace as needed.
Set Up a Mud Room (Japanese “Genkan”)
Wet towels and bathing suits, dirty shoes, and sandy pockets are a summer staple. Prevent the mess from entering your living spaces by setting up a mud room or dedicated spots for all your wet and dirty shoes and clothing.
Pick a spot near exterior-facing doors for people to immediately take off shoes and replace them with slippers.
This simple house rule change will help you maintain a clean house with better indoor air quality.
Check GFCI Outlets
Test ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) inside and outside the home by plugging something into the outlet, then depress the test button. Your plugged=in device should turn off and the reset button should pop out. After pressing the reset button, the plugged-in device should turn back on.
If your GFCI outlet doesn’t pass the test, contact a professional electrician.
Schedule Air Conditioning Service
If you haven’t schedule spring air conditioning maintenance, now is the time to do so. Make sure your HVAC contractor will clean and inspect you’re your units thoroughly. Learn how to choose the right HVAC contractor.
Spend a couple of days going over this summer maintenance checklist to prevent costly repairs and develop a deeper relationship with your home.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Ask a Champion.
Service Champions is known for trustworthy, on-time heating and air conditioning service throughout the East Bay, South Bay, and Sacramento areas.
Contact us today to schedule air conditioning maintenance, repair, or replacement.