It’s finally starting to feel like spring. As the weather is warming, we are getting excited for barbeques, pool days, and trips to the beach. The warm spring and summer months are also a great time of year to catch up on some home maintenance.
Here at SERCAP, structurally-sound housing is very important to us, as it is one of our three main services. We want everyone to have a healthy home for all seasons. Here is a list of home projects to help get your home ready for summer.
Whether you are watering your garden or filling up a pool for the kids, a hose is a summer staple. If you didn’t already know, water is very important to us here at SERCAP, and we do not like to see it go to waste. When using your hose, make sure to check it for leaks. This will not only save water but will save you money. One way to extend the life of your hose is to turn the water off at the hose bib spigot and not rely on a hose nozzle, wand, or sprayer on/off valve. The nozzle valves often leak and making a habit of turning off the spigot will relieve the water pressure from the hose.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (opens new window), smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the test button on the device. It is also important to check the manufacture date. If it’s over 10 years old, it is time to replace it. You should also replace the batteries at least once each year.
It is also important to make sure you have a working fire extinguisher on hand. Be sure to place it somewhere where everyone is able to access it. According to the National Fire Protection Association (opens new window), summer is the peak season for grilling fires.
Termites begin to swarm as the weather warms up, usually in the beginning of spring (opens new window). Despite their tiny size, termites can cause serious damage to your home. Some warning signs (opens new window) include hollow wood, a temporary swarm of winged insects, and cracked or bubbling paint. If you suspect you have an infestation, get in touch with a professional as soon as you can.
With the winter storms behind us, now is a great time to take a look at your roof and gutter system. Start by examining your roof from the ground - is there any noticeable damage? Do the gutters look secure to the eaves? How about the downspouts? If you need a closer look, grab a ladder and climb up onto the roof, only if it is safe to do so. If any repairs are needed, the next step would be to call a professional.
What do we do when the temperature rises? Turn on the air conditioning! Beat the heat by scheduling an inspection with a professional before the hot summer months begin. You should also replace the air filters in your home every few months to ensure that your air system is running efficiently. The exact frequency depends on factors such as the number of pets and people with allergies in your home.
If you need a little extra cool air in your home, here’s a tip: reverse your ceiling fans so they rotate counter-clockwise. This will create a cool, downward airflow and leave your home feeling refreshing.
As the weather warms, we encourage you to set aside some time to consider the parts of your home that may require attention and maintenance. Having a home that is summer-ready will give you peace of mind all summer long.