Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect the investment you have in your home.  Here are some tips to maintain your home through the summer.

 

  • Check your roof, using binoculars look for missing worn or curling shingles, damage to flashing around penetrations or a sag in the roof.  If you find these conditions consult a roofer.
  • Check all the exterior wood and repaint as required include your doors, windows, deck and fence.
  • Trim back any trees or shrubs that are approaching the home or its overhead electrical services
  • In the basement check the floor drains for water in the trap and poor a bucket of water down them to keep the traps fresh, test your sump and check all water pipes for condensation or leaks
  • Monitor your basement humidity and avoid humidity over 60%. Use a dehumidifier if necessary
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter
  • Inspect your doors and windows for proper operation of all looks and latches. Lubricate  and tighten the hinges on all your doors
  • Vacuum your clothes dryer hood vent outside
  • Clean your bathroom fan grills
  • Check your exterior railings and guards and repair as required
  • Check and repair loose or damage weatherstripping around windows and doorways
  • Repair driveways and walkways as needed
  • Test all your GFCI’s
  • Ensure your furnace room is kept free of clutter and debris
  • Inspect and lubricate your garage door, and door opener. Test those safety eyes

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