SUMMER HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
1. CHECK ALL LOCKS AND DEADBOLTS
Summer is a popular time for break-ins to occur. Make sure you make it difficult for potential burglars to break in by ensuring all your locks and deadbolts are secure and working properly.
Check locks on every window and door to your home. Check to ensure your garage and other outbuildings have secure locks too. Tighten, secure and replace locks
and deadbolts where needed. Check out these links for a couple of locks I recommend:
2. CHECK WATER SOFTENER AND ADD SALT IF NEEDED
Do you have well water? Avoid hard water issues and keep your water soft by regularly checking your water softener and fill with salt when needed.
Use these maintenance tips to keep your water softener running efficiently.
3. DRAIN YOUR WATER HEATER
Extend the life of your water heater and keep it running efficiently by draining your water heater at least once a year.
However, if it’s been years since you’ve drained your water heater (or you never have) you may NOT want to do this as it may cause more problems. Hire a professional plumber for advice on whether you should or not.
4. DUST CEILING FAN BLADES
With summer here, you want to keep your home’s cool air circulating well. Be sure you’re not circulating dust and spider webs from the top of your ceiling fans. Using the right equipment will help make cleaning your fans a breeze.
5. GET WASP TRAPS AND HANG THEM AWAY FROM EATING AREAS
Enjoy outdoor dining without pesky bees and wasps bothering you.
Hang wasp traps about 20′ from your outdoor living and dining area and entice these pesky bees away from you and your guests. If you live in an area that has Japanese Beetles, you may want to invest in traps for them now also.
6. PLAN FOR EXTREME HEAT
Heat waves are a part of summer. Keep the cool air in and hot air outside by ensuring you have adequate weather stripping on your doors, windows and garage doors.
Weather stripping wears out over time so you’ll want to replace these where needed. Learn how to replace weather stripping here.
Use these tips to help with insulating your windows in the summer.
7. CHECK EXPIRATION DATE ON FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND REPLACE if NEEDED
There’s a lot of kitchen activity in the summer months. Cooking, barbeques, get-togethers and festivities abound.
Take a few minutes and check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers. Replace them where needed. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
8. WIPE DOWN WASHING MACHINE TUB
With summer activities come dirt and sand laden clothes. Grime from clothes tend to get trapped and stick to washing machine tubs.
Take a few minutes and wipe down your washing machine tub. Use a washing machine cleaner and freshen your machine while you’re at it.
9. KEEP A BASKET FILLED WITH EXTRA SUMMER NECESSITIES NEAR YOUR FRONT DOOR
Keep a basket filled with sunscreen, insect spray, shades, hats and caps near your front door.
Rather than run around your home looking for these items make it easy for everyone and make these items easy to grab and use as everyone’s heading outside.