Summer Home Maintenance for Your Louisville Home
- 16 Jul, 2020
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Do you have a routine home maintenance system in place?
If not, there's no better time than now to start one.
And here's why...
Having routine maintenance performed on your Louisville, Kentucky home is the best thing you can do to protect it. For most people, their home is one of their biggest investments; therefore, it's in their best interest to be proactive when it comes to preserving it.
But how do you know what needs to be done and when to do it?
That's a great question and it's the question we are going to answer in this article, so stay tuned.
Nine Home Maintenance Tasks for Summer
1. Document Home Maintenance Schedule
The easiest way to know what home maintenance tasks need to be done and when is to document them using a seasonal home maintenance checklist. From winter, to spring, to summer - your checklist should include a place to document the date, what issues were found during the inspection if any, and what was done to correct those issues. Along with your home maintenance schedule, you should also keep the receipts for any work that was performed and have a place for all the warranty and owner's manual booklets as well.
2. Inspect the Paint and Siding
Your home's exterior paint and siding are the two things that protect your home from the outside keeping the elements out and protecting everything within. That's what makes inspecting your home's paint and siding so important. Addressing these two things now rather than later will ultimately save you loads of money in repairs and replacements. This is because if you don't address them now, they could turn into larger more expensive items to fix if you put them off. Therefore, if your home inspection reveals any peeling or thinning paint or you see any missing or damaged siding, it's in the best interest of your wallet to take care of those issues now rather than later.
3. Deck Prep and Maintenance
Summer is here and it's time for backyard fun and entertainment. That means it's time to prep your deck for the festivities and the overall enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Inspect your deck and contact a professional to complete any necessary repairs. Then have your deck power washed, stained, and sealed if needed.
4. Clean the Gutters
Yes, we know, cleaning the gutters is one of those necessary evils that must be done. If you put off or completely ignore your gutters, you are just asking for trouble. Clogged gutters can cause a significant amount of damage to your home. When clogged gutters result in standing water, that water could rot the wood and roof. Additionally, standing water that is loaded with wet (or frozen if it's winter) debris is heavy which could cause the gutters to pull away from your home taking the siding and soffits with it.
The good news is gutter cleaning can easily be done by our experienced team! Having your gutters professionally cleaned is the best way to avoid clogs and to make sure your gutters are cleaned properly avoiding the potential for significant water and wood damage to your home.
5. Exterior Power Washing
Power washing might not seem like it should be part of a home maintenance program, but it is essential. Power washing your patios and walkways will keep them clean and will prevent slim, mold, and dangerous debris to build up. Dirty, slimy surfaces are an accident waiting to happen. Additionally, power washing the exterior elements of your home will prevent dirt, mold, mildew, and other debris from becoming embedded and ruining the surface.
Using a high-powered power washer is extremely dangerous because the pressure of the water can damage the surface and this goes for your roof too. Too much water pressure can easily cause extensive damage that could void all warranties and require major repairs and/or replacements. Therefore, it's in your best interest to hire a professional like Louisville Handyman and Remodeling to complete this task for you. Doing so will put all the liability on them. If they damage it, they are obligated to fix or replace it at their expense.
6. Inspect, Repair, or Replace Exterior Caulking
Thoroughly inspect all exterior caulking and the weather stripping around the windows and doors. Doing so will keep out moisture and other elements that cause damage and energy loss. If you find anything at all that is looking a little worn or damaged, please go ahead and have those areas recaulked, repaired, and/or replaced.
7. Inspect, Repair, or Replace Interior Caulking
The same goes for your interior caulking as well. Inspect your sinks, showers, and bath caulking for deterioration. If any deterioration is present, ask your local handyman to go ahead and re-caulk the whole thing. Interior caulking is just as important as the exterior caulking. This is because the interior caulking helps keep moisture away from the openings between the surfaces and your walls and countertops. If left unrepaired, the moisture will get into those surface openings and begin to cause irreversible water damage.
8. Inspect, Repair, or Replace Interior Plumbing
How often do you check your interior plumbing? If you're like most people you probably don't even think about it until there's a problem. However, once a leak is discovered, it has usually gotten to the point that significant damage has already been done. But, if you inspect the interior plumbing in your kitchen and bathrooms periodically, you can repair or replace any issues before they become an expensive fix.
Also, don't forget to check the lines under your toilets and the hoses that go from your washer to the water connection on the wall. Toilet lines have been known to leak and/or burst from time to time. Therefore, checking them periodically will help you spot a problem before it happens. And, the washer hose connections will erode over time, and sometimes they just need to be tightened. A quick check of these things could prevent them from causing an expensive to fix water event.
9. Reseal Tile Grout
Inspecting your tile grout is another important home maintenance task. Cracked or missing tile grout allows moisture to get into the subsurface and cause that subsurface to disintegrate. When this happens the tile on your walls and/or countertops will begin to fall off and the exposure to moisture can lead to potentially dangerous issues like mold. If this happens, a licensed professional will need to remove all of the shower or countertop tiles along with the rotted backer board and replace it. Avoid that headache and have your tile grout resealed before moisture can enter.
If you need the help of a professional to inspect and correct any issues you've found while performing your own routine home maintenance inspection, please contact us today. Louisville Handyman & Remodeling has been helping homeowners maintain their homes since 2002 and we would love the chance to do the same for you!