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  • Writer's pictureLisa Bea Smith

Take Care of Your Home

Summer Maintenance Checklist

 Brick & Siding: Look for loose or rotted siding to repair or replace. Power wash brick and siding.

 Ceiling Fans: Reverse the directions of your ceiling fans. When spinning counterclockwise, fans blow air straight down, keeping you cooler.

 Driveway & Sidewalk: Check for cracks and reseal with concrete if needed.

 Ductwork: Clear out dryer vents and exhaust ducts. Inspect your ductwork. It’s easy to tell if there are leaks at the registers or plenum areas in the attic (you’ll feel cold air!)

 Fencing: Inspect fencing and reinforce any weak areas. Re-stain, reseal, or repaint wooden fences.

 Gutters & Downspouts: Clean out gutters and downspouts to keep drainage running smoothly.

 Heating & Cooling: Make sure that debris and vegetation are cleared away from the condenser/ compressor unit for good air flow. Evaporator and condenser coils should be cleaned. Add 50:50 bleach/water to evaporator coil condensate discharge line. Check batteries in thermostats. Check and clean vents.

 Outdoor Play Equipment: Inspect for anything that needs to be reinforced or repainted.

 Plumbing: Check outdoor faucets and fixtures. Replace filters in damaged faucet heads. Clean and replace faucet traps.

 Pool: Do your yearly cleaning and opening routine. Be sure to check hoses and lines and change filters for the new swimming season.

 Smoke Alarms: Change batteries and test alarms.

 Windows: Wash both indoors and outdoors and check for leaks. Re-caulk any seals that need it. Replace old window screens.

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