Use these five tips to get your house ready for the summer season. AHS is here to help you with tips, guides and ideas for your home and yard.
As winter finally recedes, it’s time to get your house ready for warmer weather. As spring sets in and turns to summer, you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, so you’ll need to have your lawn, garden, and summer tools and equipment ready for the season.
It’s also a good idea to check for problems with your roof, clean your gutters, inspect your windows and just generally make sure that your home made it through the winter relatively unscathed. Add these five tips to your home’s summer maintenance checklist, so you can spend the summer enjoying the outdoors and not worrying about the state of your house.
1. Get an AC Tune-Up
An AC tune-up is the best way to say hello to spring. It’s important to have your AC unit inspected and maintained before the weather gets too hot, because if it needs any repairs, they’re best handled before the mercury rises. An AC tune-up will ensure that your unit is in peak working order, with clean filters, tight electrical connections and any faulty or worn components replaced. That way, you’ll minimize your cooling costs and stave off the possibility of an unexpected breakdown. In the event of an unexpected breakdown, check with your home warrantycontract to see if your HVAC system is covered.
If you’re an American Home Shield® customer, you can take advantage of an exclusive deal that is currently being offered to their customers for an HVAC tune-up. Learn more.
Related: Benefits of an AC Tune-up
2. Inspect Your Roof
Now is the time to take a look at your roof, and your home’s exterior in general, to try and spot any problems that may have cropped up during the winter months. If you safely can, get out the ladder and inspect your roof up close, looking for cracked, crooked, or missing shingles, rusty flashing, or cracked or loose caulk around skylights or pipes. While you’re on the ladder, it’s not a bad idea to give your gutters a springtime clean, too. Cleaning your gutters in the spring and fall keeps water from seeping behind your siding or soaking into your foundation, where it can cause serious damage to your home.
Don’t forget to check for missing mortar or bricks in your masonry chimney or foundation walls. Check for any exterior wood that needs repainting, and give your siding a good power-washing.
3. Prepare Your Seasonal Tools
With summer comes a whole new set of tools and accoutrements. You’ll need to service your lawn mower and string trimmer, clean off your lawn furniture, and check your lawn and garden tools for signs of wear.
But don’t stop there. Get out the barbeque grill and give it a good scrub. Wipe the dust off your corn hole or ladder ball set. Start brainstorming backyard patio ideas and decide what changes you want to make to your outdoor space for the coming season. Get everything ready for when it’s time to play host, or just enjoy grilling some burgers for the family on a nice summer’s evening.
4. Check Outdoor Plumbing
If you live in an area that gets cold winters, you should check your outdoor plumbing as soon as the danger of overnight freezing has passed. Remove the insulators from your outdoor spigots, restore the water supply to them and turn them on to make sure they still work. If you’re having a hard time getting any water out of your outdoor plumbing, that’s a sign of a problem with the pipes.
Make sure you turn off the water to any damaged outdoor plumbing until you can get it looked at by a professional. You don’t want to accidentally flood your basement because you left the water flowing to a burst pipe inside the wall.
While you’re investigating the state of your outdoor plumbing, don’t forget to check your sprinkler system, hot tub and pool for any problems. Get out the garden hose and inspect it for cracks or damage.
5. Clean Your Windows
If you have storm windows, take them off and clean them before putting them away for the summer. If you have more modern double-pane windows, you’ll still want to give them a good spring cleaning. Most modern double-hung windows tilt inward for easy cleaning.
While you’re at it, inspect your window screens for any damage. Go outside and check for cracked, broken or missing caulk seals around the outside of your windows and doors. Water can seep in through missing caulk, and you can expect to use two to three tubes of caulk a year to reseal your windows and doors, depending on the size of your house. Resealing your windows with fresh caulk will not only keep water out, it can also block drafts.
Getting your house ready for summer weather is just as important as preparing it for winter weather. A lot can happen to a house over the winter months, when you’re stuck indoors and unable to monitor the effect of snow, ice and storms on your roof, siding, windows and outdoor plumbing. The sooner you check your house for winter damage and address it, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the warm summer weather.