As the temperatures rise, there’s no time like the present to get started on your summer home maintenance projects. Here's a list of 5 tasks to check off your list so you can enjoy your home while the weather is warm.
- Power Wash Driveway and Sidewalks
A great place to start with summer home maintenance is to thoroughly inspect and clean your sidewalks, deck, patio and driveway. The key to cleaning these areas is to use a pressure washer. Before you start power washing, it’s a good idea to check these areas for any cracks and weeds. Once you have given everything a full inspection, wash away all the dirt, mold and grime that’s built up over the past year.
2. Clean Out Downspouts and Gutters
From stains to moss to bacteria, dingy roofs, siding and decks not only look poorly from the curb, but can also contribute to an array of other household problems and even shorten the lifespan of your home. Soft washing is a safe, eco-friendly, biodegradable option that can boost curb appeal, increase energy savings and extend the lifespan of your home. Soft washing is recommended for items such as screens, outdoor wood furniture, cedar, wood or vinyl siding. You can use your same pressure washer, just replace the tip with a nozzle that widens the spray of water so it’s modified to a lower PSI (pressure per square inch).
3. Wash Windows and Replace Screens
Washing your exterior windows won’t make much of a difference if you don’t wash your window screens, too. Remove your window screens and gently scrub them with hot, soapy water. If your screens are too filthy to be cleaned, you may want to replace them. While you’re spending time examining your screens, you should also examine your windows and doors to ensure they seal tightly and function properly.
4. Beautify Your Yard and Garden
Make your yard look fresh from the grass to the trees. Start by removing all dead parts from trees or plants and doing some weeding. Laying mulch in your flower beds will help keep weeds away and let your plants retain moisture. This is also a great time to get your home and backyard ready for summer cookouts and pool parties with some new landscaping.
5. Get Your Grill Ready for BBQ-ing
Clean and test your grill to make sure it’s ready for hamburger and hot dog season. If you have a gas grill, heat it up for about 20-30 minutes and then scrub the grates clean with a grill brush. For a charcoal grill, grab a bucket of hot, soapy water and clean with a sponge. To ensure proper grill safety, check hoses for cracks, holes and blockages. Don’t forget to place your grill 10 feet or more away from any structures, railings or other flammable items before firing it up.
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