Summer Maintenance Tips
- Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather-tight and lowers heating and cooling bills. It can also help keep insects and other “critters” out of your house.
- Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap. Because lint is very flammable it poses a fire risk. If a gas clothes dryer is not properly vented, it can force carbon monoxide back into the home and that can be dangerous.
- Repair cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than 1/4″ wide, apply concrete caulk; just clean the crack out with a high-pressure hose nozzle, let it dry and then apply the caulk into the crack. For larger cracks, substitute concrete patch for caulk.
- Wash the exterior of your house, using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Beware of pressure washers — they are powerful enough to force water under the siding where it can encourage mildew and rot.
- Clean and seal your porch or deck. Ideally, you’ll need three consecutive warm, sunny days. On day one, dry out the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck on the second day and let it dry 24 hours. On the third day, apply deck sealer.