Working on your home may be the last thing that comes to mind in the summer season. But the effort you put in today to maintain your home is important to protect the big investment you have in your home, and to correct some of the most common problems before they become more costly. If it’s too much work to do it yourself, we can put you in touch with professionals who can help!
Home maintenance in the summer?
Home maintenance items tend to be seasonal, but there are some things that need to be taken care of year round. Setting up a maintenance schedule for the whole year will help you to concentrate on the DIY tasks appropriate to each season. However, it’s not necessary to tackle all the jobs on your “to do” list all at once. If you spread them out over the summer months, they’ll be much more manageable.
Side note: you should only perform the jobs you feel capable of doing yourself. For some tasks, it might be best to hire a professional as opposed to a DIY project!
Check unused plumbing fixtures
If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap. The basement floor drain also has a trap, so check to see that it contains water and refill it if necessary.
If you notice a problem with the plumbing, then you may want to consider hiring a plumber to take a look at it before it gets worse! We have an extensive directory of plumbing contractors who can assist with your summer maintenance checklist.
High levels of humidity – especially in the basement – are a common summertime issue for homeowners that can lead to excess moisture. Check your basement pipes for condensation or dripping, and take corrective action to reduce humidity. You’ll want to avoid relative humidity levels above 60 per cent.
But how do you track it?
You can easily do it yourself by purchasing a small, inexpensive and easy-to-use instrument called a hygrometer (sometimes referred to as a humidity sensor or a relative humidity indicator). The hygrometer can measure the humidity level in your house and confirm whether the house has too much or too little humidity. If you discover the moisture levels are too high, you can use a dehumidifier to maintain lower relative humidity levels. Running your air conditioner can also help.
These experts break down what you need to know about hygrometers:
Dust off that air conditioner
Now is the time to clean or replace your air conditioning and ventilation system filters and clean your bathroom fan grilles. It’s also a good idea to disconnect the duct connected to your clothes dryer and vacuum lint from the duct, the areas surrounding your dryer and your dryer’s outside vent hood.
Not sure where the A/C’s filters are even located? Not to worry – this expert has you covered:
These do it yourself jobs will be over before you know it and you’ll be back to enjoying the outdoors!
Examine the exterior of your home
Next, move to the outside of your home and do a thorough assessment:
- Check that all guardrails and handrails are secure;
- See if walkways and steps leading to your home are in good shape;
- Lubricate your garage door hardware and ensure that it’s operating properly;
- Check for overhanging tree branches that may need to be removed.
- Remove plants that contact – and roots that penetrate – the siding or brick. You’d be surprised at how dangerous this can be for your house. Find out what can happen here.
Some of these jobs both inside and outside of the house may require some professional muscle. That’s where we come in! Take a look at our extensive directory of professionals – including handymen! – who can work alongside you to mark every summer home maintenance task off your checklist!
About the Author: Christina Haddad is the vice president of Ontario’s Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation division.