When temperatures reach their peak this summer, we can always escape indoors to air-conditioned comfort. Our home’s exterior isn’t so lucky. It must bear the brunt of summer’s heat and humidity.
That’s why, as summer approaches, it’s important to take measures that can keep your home as dry as possible and prevent structural damage caused by mold, fungus or insect infestation. These tips from industry experts will help you keep your home in good condition and protect your investment for years to come.
Check your drainage
Crawl spaces can be one of the biggest sources of mold. Make sure rainwater is guided away from the house. Wet soil around the foundation also creates the perfect breeding ground for termites.
If you have areas of standing water, consider re-grading, building landscape features or installing a French drain to redirect the water. During a spring or summer rain, check your gutters for overflow or non-existent flow from the downspouts, which might indicate a blockage. Make repairs to gutters that have pulled away from the house or have bent spots by using adjusting brackets, hammering out dents and replacing damaged sections.
Inspect the roof
Your roof should last for 20 to 30 years. But one of our summer hailstorms, you should check for loose, damaged or missing shingles, which can be expensive to repair if left untreated. A professional roofing contractor can perform a simple inspection, followed by routine maintenance and repairs that will cost you far less than a replacement.
Repair windows and doors
Heat and humidity can cause wooden doors and windows to swell and stick. To repair sticky doors or windows, mark the area that is sticking then remove the door or window and eliminate any excess with a hand plane. If the surrounding trim is making windows stick, have it removed and reinstalled to allow greater movement. Prevent sticky doors and windows from happening in the first place by making sure they are sealed with a good coat of paint, making sure not to paint the channels where windows need to slide. Seal those areas with a light coat of linseed oil instead.
By spending a few hours this summer on these home maintenance tasks, you’ll spot problems before they develop and save time and money later in costly repairs.