Tackle Summer Home Maintenance Now!

Most people think of the spring and fall as the times for maintenance work on their homes. There are, however, some things which can be best done during the summer. For one thing, the hot, humid, muggy weather has its own set of problems, especially after a wet spring. Mold and mildew are something you need to address quickly before it gets out of hand.

Inside the house

So, where should you begin your summer maintenance? Let’s take a look inside the house first, starting with the kitchen. Electrical appliances require some attention. First, clean the coils on the refrigerator. Be sure to turn the refrigerator off, and disconnect the power. Then, follow these instructions from a wiki on How to Clean Refrigerator Coils here.

Before you leave the refrigerator, you’ll want to check the gasket around the door. These can become dry and cracked, causing the seal to leak air, which will drastically affect the efficiency of your fridge. Use a mild soap solution to clean, then rinse the gasket. You can test the seal by closing the door on a dollar bill. If the bill resists being pulled out, it’s a good seal. If it pulls out easily, you may want to replace the gasket.

Next, look at the hood over your range. It gets greasy and grungy over time, and cleaning it is important for the efficiency and smooth running of the exhaust fan. Here is a link to a video on How to Clean a Range Hood.

In the bathroom, if you have an exhaust fan, it needs maintenance so dust and grime doesn’t build up to make it slow and noisy. Here again, it is important to disconnect the power supply to the fan first. Then, you can follow the instructions from BrightNest to clean your fan.


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Check the drains and faucets.

The drains should be maintained year-round, but if they haven’t been, you should do at least an annual cleaning by removing the drain assembly and probing with a drain stick to remove any hair or gunk. Then pour some bleach down the drain and let it sit for about ten minutes. Flush the drain with hot water. This will clear it of any mold or mildew.

For the shower head, which may have deposits built up, you can pour some vinegar into a plastic bag, and tie the bag around the shower head. Let it soak overnight, then rinse it well. Many faucets have a head which screws on and off that you can rinse, and maybe soak for a few minutes in a vinegar/baking soda mixture.

In the laundry room, you can prolong the efficiency of your dryer, and prevent dryer fires by cleaning the dryer vent pipe. We just presume you follow the instructions about cleaning the lint filter after every load for fire prevention. There’s a wiki for cleaning the vent here. Of course, it begins with disconnecting.

The beginning of the hot season is the best time to check, clean, and possibly even replace the air filter for your AC. Here is a video of DIY Handyman Dave showing you how to clean your filter.

The hot water heater should be drained at least once a year to get rid of sediment which can cut down on efficiency, thereby costing you more to run it, and even shorten the life of the water heater. The wiki on How to Flush a Water Heater, shows the steps clearly.


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Now for the outside

There’s of maintenance to do outside, too. First of all, you should be sure your gutters are clear and in good repair. You should check the condition of the roof, too.

Then, check for excess moisture around the crawl space, and around the base of the house. Excess moisture can cause mold and mildew to build, and it can damage the wood in your house. If you do find mold or mildew, you can remove it by scrubbing it with a diluted bleach solution or trisodium phosphate. Be sure to protect your skin, eyes, and any plants in the vicinity.

Now is a good time to inspect the drive and any walkways around your house for cracks and holes. There are concrete and blacktop materials available to either patch or resurface them.

Lawn sprinklers

Do you have a lawn sprinkling system? There are many levels of sophistication for these. Just be sure all the valves, nozzles and sprinkler heads are in good shape and there are no leaks, which can cost you extra money for lost water. Also, be careful to set them for the boundaries of the watering area, so you don’t waste water flowing onto your walk or drive.

Pool maintenance is a whole category by itself. There are numerous sources of instructive materials online for this. Just be sure to practice safety in swimming and diving!

Now that everything is shipshape around the house, it’s time to have a cookout, right? Well, that brings us to one final task. Before you fire up the grill, you might want to give it a good cleaning. Here’s a link to the wiki on How to Clean an Outdoor Gas Grill.

Many of the above tips will help you not only maintain your home, but if you are preparing to sell, it can help ensure that you are in good position to ask a great price for your home.

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