Summer Home Maintenance – What You Should Be Doing Now

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Oklahoma in June is hot – but not as hot as it’s going to get. There are some things you need to do to keep your house running efficiently and protect it from the heat before temperatures become unbearable.

Insects

Now is the time to spray for insects. Mosquitos, ticks, spiders, wasps, and fire ants are just some of the pests that can make summertime not quite as fun as it should be. Look for nests and hire a professional if you think you need more than just a spray to get rid of a large colony. If you see any opossums slinking around your yard, leave them be. They are your best friend when it comes to insect control because they eat them all.

Your Deck

If you have a painted deck, sweep it well and mop it with a good cleaner. Attend to any areas that are chipped to protect the wood underneath. If you only have a sealant on your deck, make sure it is still doing it’s job. If your wood is beginning to crack or discolor, clean it well and reseal it to protect it from the elements and the blazing sun.

Your Windows and Doors

Your windows are one of your best lines of defense when it comes to beating the heat and keeping your cooling costs down. Clean out all the window wells and make sure your windows are sealing tight when they close. Clean the glass while you’re at it so everything is clear and bright for those beautiful summer days. Just like your windows, you need to make sure the seals around your doors are tight. Keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

AC

Changing your filters every month is something every homeowner knows to do, but that can occasionally get forgotten. It is critical to keep your filters clean when your AC unit is already working so hard to keep the temperature down. If you haven’t already had your AC unit serviced and your ducts cleaned, do that now. Maintaining your unit helps to prevent outages when you really need it to be working.

Sprinklers

Set your timers on your sprinkler system so you only water as much as you need to. When they come on, check for fountains or flooding areas that could be telling you a head is broken. If some of the heads aren’t working at all, you’ll need to examine the lines for kinks or breaks.

Children’s Play Areas

If you have a play structure, take some time to confirm it is still stable and doesn’t have any rust or rotted wood. Tighten screws, power wash it, secure connections, and check the ground around it for new dips or holes.

All of these are simple ways to have a happier, carefree summer. Residential Repair understands the importance of family and the opportunities summer brings for togetherness. Doing some simple summer maintenance on your home can make it part of the pleasure instead of part of the problem.

For more home maintenance tips, check out our blogs:

13 Ways to Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

And

10 Quarterly Repairs Every Homeowner Needs

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