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Written By Ellie BrooksPublished 06/19/23
Summer is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to start preparing your home for the season ahead. From cleaning the windows to inspecting your air conditioning unit, many tasks should be completed before the heat hits.
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The first thing you should do is inspect your air conditioning unit to ensure that it's working correctly. Replace the air filter if it's dirty, and clean the condenser coils if necessary. If you notice any issues, calling a professional to service the unit before the weather gets too hot is best.
Summer means more sunlight and warmth, so cleaning your windows and screens is essential to let in the natural light. Use a window cleaner to remove dirt and grime from the glass and screens. You can also wipe down the frames with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.
Gutters and downspouts are often neglected, but they are crucial in protecting your home's foundation from water damage. Inspect your gutters and downspouts for any debris or blockages, and clear them out if necessary. This will ensure that rainwater can flow freely away from your home.
Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks in the roof, or any other issues. If you notice any problems, it's best to call a professional roofer to make repairs before the weather gets too hot.
Summer is the time when you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors, so it's essential to service your lawn equipment before the season starts. Check your lawnmower, weed eater, and other tools to ensure they're in good working condition. Replace any spark plugs, air filters, or oil if necessary.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy your outdoor space, so cleaning and preparing your outdoor furniture is essential. Wipe down your tables, chairs, and cushions with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris. If you have a grill, clean it thoroughly before the first use.
Finally, inspect your home's exterior for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for cracks in the foundation, peeling paint, or any other issues. If you notice any problems, it's best to address them before they become more significant issues.
The sun is a wonderful source of warmth and light but can also be a powerful force damaging your windows and doors. The intense UV rays from the sun can cause fading, cracking, and warping in materials over time. Let’s discuss some tips on keeping your windows and doors in good condition while staying safe in the sun.
Use window treatments - One of the most effective ways to protect your windows and doors from the sun is by using window treatments. Options like blinds, shades, or curtains can help block the sun’s harmful UV rays and reduce heat transfer, keeping your home cooler and windows and doors safe. You can also consider using window film, which is a thin, transparent sheet that can be applied directly to the glass to block out UV rays.
Regularly clean and inspect your windows and doors - Regular cleaning and inspection of your windows and doors can help to prevent damage and extend their lifespan. Be sure to clean them regularly using a mild soap and water, and inspect them for any signs of damage, such as cracks, warping, or discoloration. Promptly addressing any issues can help prevent further damage and save you money in the long run.
Consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors - If your windows and doors are old or outdated, upgrading to energy-efficient options can not only help to keep your home more comfortable and save you money on your energy bills but also protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Energy-efficient windows and doors are designed with specialized coatings that help to block out UV rays and reduce heat transfer, protecting them from damage over time.
Trim nearby trees and foliage - Trees and foliage can be a beautiful addition to any yard, but they can also pose a risk to your windows and doors. Overhanging branches and leaves can scratch and damage the surface of your windows and doors, and they can also block out sunlight, leading to moisture buildup and potential damage over time. Regularly trimming nearby trees and foliage can help to prevent these issues and keep your windows and doors in good condition.
Summer is a time when many people spend more time outside, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. However, it's also a time when your home's plumbing system can experience more strain and stress, which can lead to problems if not properly maintained. Let’s take a look at the importance of regular inspections and maintenance for your home's plumbing system in the summer.
Preventative maintenance is the key to avoiding plumbing emergencies during the summer months. A plumbing professional can inspect your system and identify any potential problems before they become significant issues. They can also perform routine maintenance tasks such as cleaning drains, checking for leaks, and ensuring adequate water pressure. This helps ensure that your plumbing system runs smoothly and avoids costly repairs later on.
Regular inspections can help to detect early signs of damage to your plumbing system. Small leaks or cracks may be difficult to detect, but they can lead to severe problems, such as water damage and mold growth over time. An experienced plumber can identify these early signs of damage and fix the problem before it gets worse, saving you money on repairs and avoiding potential health hazards.
Water damage is a common problem in the summer, especially during heavy rainstorms. Regular inspections and maintenance can help to ensure that your plumbing system is in good condition and prevent water damage to your home. A plumber can identify any weak points in your plumbing system, such as pipes that are prone to leaking or clogging, and fix the problem before it causes severe damage.
During the summer, it's crucial to maintain the quality of the water in your home. Regular inspections can ensure that your water supply is free from contaminants and that your water heater is functioning correctly. A plumber can check for mineral buildup in your pipes and water heater and recommend appropriate solutions to maintain water quality.
A Liberty Home Guard warranty can cover the critical components of your home. When a problem arises, submit a claim on our website or contact our 24/7 customer support team. We’ll arrange for a licensed technician to attend to your home within 48 hours.
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