Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips
Monday, June 21, 2010
Summer has arrived and its time to think about catching some sun, get the yard back into shape and other outdoor projects you wish to complete before summer is in full swing.
Remember there are tax credits you can earn this year by upgrading your exterior doors and windows. Installing windows and doors that meet the federal requirements will make you eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $1,500.00 and they will save you money on energy costs as well.
The DOE approved Washington’s Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program. www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1226/default.aspx#c13
We should all be thinking about what we can do to better prepare for earthquakes. As I watch the news I think about what I can do for my family then suddenly realize I have become complacent. We have stocked up on food, water and other supplies but have done little to stabilize large furniture and appliances. Please check out the FEMA web site for other recommendations.
If you need any assistance or referrals to aid in getting your home ready for spring please feel free to call (360) 573-6831.
- Have your A/C unit serviced.
- Check out your yard sprinkler system for leaks and proper spray patterns. Keep spray off your home, sidewalks and patios.
- Clean gutters and seal corners, if needed, to eliminate leaks that can damage the structure. Check downspouts.
- Make sure downspouts drainage is directed away from the building.
- Check and repair caulking around doors and windows if needed.
- Soil and bark dust should be kept approximately 6” below your siding. This will keep your siding clean minimize rot damage.
- I know you all think that concrete is indestructible but it does require some work. Clean the moss and mildew that may have built up over the winter and seal.
- Check your roof for missing shingles, damaged flashing or other defects.
- Change furnace filters or clean electronic filters as needed. This is also a good time to have your AC unit as well as your air handler serviced.
- Change batteries and test your smoke detectors if you forgot to check them this spring.
- It always a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. If you already have one make sure it is working properly.
- Wall heaters will also need to be cleaned but make sure you turn them off at the electrical panel first.
- Check around showers, tubs, sinks and toilets to ensure caulking is in tact. If not please don’t just apply another layer. The old caulking will need to be removed, the surface cleaned and a single even bead of sealant applied. Make sure everything is clean, dry and free of mold before you apply this final bead and don’t apply caulking behind your toilet.
- Have an emergency kit on hand