Summer brings more than sunshine and endless trips to the beach – it offers the perfect chance for maintenance to your home. Living in Florida, it feels like summer all year round. These tips can help get your home in tip-top shape and ready for the rest of the year.
Easy Home Fixes
Florida is known for its hot summer temperature, so it’s always tempting to ditch the housework for a relaxing activity. It’s recommended to complete the work during the spring period; that way you don’t risk yourself to heat stroke.
Use a Fan to Cool Down
Switch the ceiling fan’s blades so the leading edge is higher as the fan turns – you will feel the breeze from the spinning fan. This simple action will push cool air down, enabling you to set the air-conditioning lower and save money on energy.
Clean Your Dryer Vent
Without proper maintenance, your dryer can catch on fire just because its vents got clogged with lint and dust. A vent-cleaning brush kit offers more thorough cleaning than a vacuum cleaner. Clean the dryer’s lint trap with a smaller brush to remove as much lint and dust as possible. Disconnect the dryer duct from the dryer and the wall for a thorough cleaning. Clean the vent on the house exterior from lint.
Clean Your Gutters
Debris can clog your gutters over the year. If your gutters are too high, call United Water Restoration Group, Inc. for the job. If you-re doing it yourself, DO NOT lean the ladder against the gutter or near electrical wires. Scoop out the wet debris and mud with a trowel. Use a garden hose to flush the gutters after you’ve cleaned them. Then use the hose to wash out your downspouts, but be gentle – downspouts aren’t meant to withstand the same water pressure as a house drain. Experts recommend covering your gutters with a wire mesh guard. And never hang onto a gutter for support.
Keep Your Deck in Shape
Visually inspect the boards to look for curling, cracked, or rotting wood. Replace any damaged boards. Go underneath in your deck to make sure the support structure is in good shape. Keep an eye out for cracks and missing screws or nails. Call pest control for signs of insects or unwanted animals. If your deck is sealed or stained, experts say you should refinish it every year.
Start by power washing the deck, then let it thoroughly dry. Remove the finish or seal with a remover/stripper and let it dry again. Lightly sand the deck with a sander and medium-grit sandpaper, then remove all of the dust before continuing. Test a small area to make sure you’ve got the right color. Apply the finish with the wood’s grain and don’t stop in the middle – that can cause uneven coloring and streaks. Wear a mask to prevent inhaling hazardous particles and don’t do any of this work before it rains.
Spruce Up Your Paint Job
Make your entire property look better. Use a power washer and mild detergent to clean your house’s exterior – removing dirt, dust, bird droppings, tree sap, and more. It provides another opportunity to inspect your house to ensure everything is in good order.