While your mind may be focused on your next BBQ or camping trip, keeping up with regular home maintenance in the summer will ensure your home stays in great shape throughout every season. Not sure how to get started? Here are some easy home maintenance projects you can do this summer.
Deep clean your AC unit
Your AC unit is most likely your family's best friend in the summer. Make sure it's working properly by deep cleaning and maintaining the unit on a regular basis. An easy way to start is to replace the air filter. If it's been a while since you got your air ducts cleaned or inspected, it may be time to clean them yourself or hire a professional. After that, take a look at your outdoor unit and clean the exterior condenser/compressor. You can find detailed instructions on how to do that here. Also, clean out your condensate line (the drain pipe that leads from your indoor unit to the outside of your home) by pouring 1/4 cup vinegar into the line every few months to prevent clogs.
Clear out gutters
It's recommended that you clear out your gutters at least twice a year. The best way to do this is to get down and dirty and clean out leaves and debris by hand, then clean your downspouts by placing a hose on high power to flush out the sediment. Have the tools in place to do the job well like a good pair of work gloves, safety glasses, and a sturdy ladder while completing this project.
Inspect your irrigation system
Hotter temperatures mean your lawn and landscaping need to be watered well. Make sure your home irrigation system is up to the task by doing a quick inspection. Turn on each irrigation zone around your home individually and observe for leaks, over-spraying, and clogs. Then, use a small-faced screwdriver and pliers to make adjustments manually.
While pests like mosquitos, ants, and cockroaches are notorious for making an appearance this time of year, don't give critters a chance to enter or breed around your home! Inspect your home for any cracks or holes pests may use to enter it, then caulk and seal those areas. Prevent pest breeding grounds by keeping food stored in sealed containers and dump out standing water in areas around your home like birdbaths, outdoor pet food dishes, and empty garden pots.
Gabriel Building Supply helps keeps your home well maintained
Summer is a great time for your next home improvement project, and our team at Gabriel Building Supply is here to help! Visit our stores in Ponchatoula and Amite, LA for the supplies you need to get the job done.
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