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Spring & summer Charlotte home maintenance guide

As spring blossoms into summer – it’s a subtle change evidenced by the pollen count falling and the heat index rising – Charlotte homeowners often find themselves caught up in the excitement of warmer weather and longer days. However, amidst the joy of outdoor activities and vacations, it’s crucial not to overlook essential home maintenance tasks. Neglecting these responsibilities now can lead to costly repairs later and even compromise the comfort and safety of your home.

Here are a dozen of the main home maintenance issues that homeowners should address during the spring and summer months. If you are considering a Charlotte home remodeling project, some of these items might be addressed in its course. If not, they are still critical to take care of.

  1. Inspect and Clean Gutters: With summer storms on the horizon, now is the perfect time to inspect and clean your gutters. Remove any debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt that may have accumulated over the winter and spring months. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage to your roof and foundation, so ensure proper drainage to prevent costly repairs
  2. Check Your Roof: Winter weather can take a toll on your roof, so it’s essential to inspect it for any signs of damage. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks, or areas where water may be seeping through. Addressing these issues early can prevent leaks and extend the lifespan of your roof.
  3. Service Your HVAC System: As temperatures rise, your HVAC system will be working overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. Schedule a professional inspection and servicing to ensure that your air conditioner is running efficiently. Clean or replace air filters regularly to improve air quality and reduce energy consumption.
  4. Inspect Outdoor Plumbing: Check for leaks or damage to outdoor faucets, hoses, and sprinkler systems. Freezing temperatures during the winter months can cause pipes to crack or burst, so it’s essential to address any issues before they worsen. Properly functioning outdoor plumbing is crucial for watering your lawn and garden during the warmer months.
  5. Seal Windows and Doors: Prevent cool air from escaping by inspecting and sealing windows and doors. Replace worn weather stripping and caulking to improve energy efficiency and reduce those high summer utility bills. Proper insulation can also help keep your home comfortable year-round.
  6. Trim Trees and Shrubs: Overgrown trees and shrubs can pose a threat to your home during severe weather conditions. Trim branches that are close to your house or power lines to prevent damage from falling debris. Additionally, pruning can promote healthy growth and enhance the appearance of your landscaping.
  7. Inspect and Clean Outdoor Furniture: Prepare your outdoor living spaces for summer gatherings by inspecting and cleaning outdoor furniture. Remove any dirt, pollen, or mildew buildup and repair any damaged pieces. Consider applying a protective sealant to wooden furniture to prolong its lifespan and maintain its appearance.
  8. Check for Pests and Insects: Warmer weather often brings an increase in pests and insects, so it’s essential to inspect your home for signs of infestation. Look for nests, droppings, or chewed materials in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Take proactive measures to prevent pests from entering your home, such as sealing cracks and crevices and keeping food stored securely.
  9. Inspect and Clean Chimney and Fireplace: If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, spring is an ideal time to inspect and clean the chimney. Creosote buildup can pose a fire hazard, so have your chimney professionally cleaned to ensure safe operation. Additionally, check for any cracks or damage to the chimney structure and address them promptly. It’s much better to take care of fireplace issues in warm temperatures and when professionals are more readily available than delaying maintenance until winter.
  10. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Protect your family from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning by testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. Replace batteries as needed and ensure that detectors are functioning correctly. Make certain that any fire extinguishers are up to date as well and that you have them in recommended areas – which includes your outdoor living space near your gas or charcoal grill. It’s also a good idea to review your family’s fire escape plan and make any necessary updates.
  11. Inspect and Clean the Deck or Patio: Your outdoor living space is likely to get plenty of use during the warmer months, so it’s essential to inspect and clean the deck or patio. Remove debris such as leaves, branches, and dirt, and check for any signs of damage or rot. Consider applying a fresh coat of stain or sealant to protect the surface from the elements.
  12. Pressure Washing: Use a pressure washer to clean exterior surfaces such as siding, sidewalks, driveways, and patios. Remove dirt, grime, and mildew buildup to improve curb appeal and prevent long-term damage. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and adjust the pressure settings accordingly to avoid damaging delicate surfaces.

By staying proactive and addressing these essential home maintenance tasks during the spring and summer months, you can ensure that your home remains comfortable, safe, and efficient year-round. Incorporate these tasks into your seasonal routine to avoid costly repairs and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is in good condition. Later in the year, we’ll look at tasks that you should be doing in the fall and winter months.

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By Gary Palmer
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