Preparing Your Home for Summer

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With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to get your home ready for the warmer months ahead.  Here are some ideas to get your home summer-ready:

Clean gutters and drains:  Cleaning the gutters and drains is often the last item on the to-do lists of most people, but it an important task before getting into summer.  Debris such as leaves and mud can clog the drains and once it piles up, it can lead to leaks into the walls and roof. Clearing any possible build-up from your gutters goes a long way in lowering the risks of water damage.

Inspect your decks and patios:  Driveways, pavements, and decks need maintenance from time to time.  Fixing and sealing any broken joints or crevices in the stonework can prevent a much bigger problem from arising.  You should also have decks and wooden handrails stained and sealed to protect them from insect damage, decay, or splintering.

Install insulation:  Many energy-smart guides report that you will enjoy significant savings every year on your power bills by having quality insulation set up by a professional.  For older homes, as much as a quarter of the heat in your home escapes through the roof, so it pays to have the loft or attic insulated.   Having a cavity wall insulated also helps in bringing down utility costs.

Clean the chimney:  If you haven’t cleaned your chimney in a while, you should hire a professional to do it for you.  The chimney tends to be filled up during winter months, so summer is the perfect season to clean it.  Having your chimney cleaned by a professional can significantly lower the risks of chimney fires.

Keep your pipes protected:  Pipes can be damaged during winter.  To fix them you need to have a foam layer (known as lagging) applied on their surface. This layer will keep the pipes from bursting.  Another way to protect your pipes is to get rid of any vegetation around them.

Seal gaps and leaks:  Seal any gaps or cracks you see around your door or window by applying caulk.  The outcome will be a more comfortable house and improved energy efficiency.  You should also replace all worn doorstops.

Your home may need additional maintenance to keep functioning throughout the summer but starting preparations early can help bring down energy bills, improve the efficiency and life of the components of your home while increasing the overall safety of your property.  Have a safe and happy summer!