Jun 20in GENERAL
Summer Home Checklist
Finally, some sunshine, a tan, late night BBQ's and Vitamin D.
Before you go out and enjoy the beautiful weather, make sure you have checked off on your summer checklist.
Check roofing surface for loose or missing shakes. Remove debris (leaves, fir needles, branches) from valleys and extruded curbs for skylights.
Clean out built-up dirt and debris. Caution! Do not flush debris into down spout outlets, as it will clog underground drain tile (pipe). Once gutters are cleaned, down spouts and related drain tile can be flushed.
Screened vents along soffits should be checked for damage. Punctures should be fixed prior to bee and bird nesting seasons. If any ledges or openings in a roof/wall area are not completely sealed, nesting may occur. If nesting does occur, consult a qualified exterminator.
Screen vents along the perimeter foundation wall should be checked for damage, and all debris cleaned away to insure unobstructed ventilation of the crawl space.
Inspect siding for early signs of mildew or fungus growth. Clean affected areas in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s procedures and material requirements. Trim plant growth away from siding to promote surface drying and to protect the siding from damage caused by branches scraping against the surface. Check caulking at siding joints, corners, around windows, doors, and vent trim for signs of cracking. Clean and re-caulk with an appropriate paintable exterior caulk.
Rock swales and catch basins serving to channel lot surface water should be checked weekly during rainy times and monthly during dry times and cleaned of debris to promote unobstructed water flow. Rock swales easily clog with landscape materials. A high-pressure hose can effectively clean out the system. If severely clogged, removal of the rock and retrenching may be required.