Monthly Archives: August 2011

Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Summer is finally here in the Pacific Northwest! This is the perfect time to inspect the exterior of your home and get a few maintenance projects done. It only takes a few minutes so you’ll be firing up the BBQ and enjoying some backyard entertaining in no time. 

Start at the top and work your way down.

Roof and Gutters: Get up there and visually inspect the valleys for debris, check for oose roof tiles or shingles, and check the flashing at the vents and skylights. Check for leaks especially around the satellite dish. Replace or repair as needed or call an expert like Ron at Perkins Roofing at 253-847-2075.

Check those gutters for clogs or loose fittings. Keep your gutters and especially the downspouts clean of debris. For repairs or new gutters consider Advance Custom Gutters at 253-472-9460.

Also make sure nothing is touching or nearly touching the roof, eaves, or gutters. Prune any tree limbs, branches, and shrubs that may cause problems.

Exterior Walls and Foundation: Check the siding for loose, damaged, or missing pieces. It’s important to maintain your siding because it’s the protective layer on your home and helps to keep you safe and cozy inside.  Repair as needed or call a local handyman to help.

Again, make sure nothing is touching the exterior of your house. Cut back any trees or shrubs that may cause problems. 

Also check the paint, how’s it looking? Most importantly check the caulking on the siding and at all windows and doors. Caulking should be scraped and re-applied annually. If this is something you don’t want to do yourself, give Perfect Image Painting a call at 253-272-0292.

Check the landscaping and grading around the foundation of your house. It’s very important that the grading is such that water drains and runs AWAY from your foundation. You don’t want water pooling up or draining into your basement or under your foundation. That is the quickest way to erode the foundation which can lead to uneven settling and even more serious problems down the road.

Pests: Check your eaves for bee’s nests. Check around the exterior of your home and in your yard for small rodents and ants. Spot treat as needed. Your local hardware store can be a helpful resource but you might also consider a service. My home abuts an undeveloped hillside so a lot of wildlife and creepy critters traipse up the hillside and try to make their way into my home. I don’t mind the cute bunnies or even the deer that nibble on my blooms but I do mind the mice and ants. It was pretty bad when I first moved in and then I started using Terminex. They come out quarterly and just take care of everything, and I haven’t had a problem since.

Good luck with your summer maintenance and enjoy the beautiful weather. -Wendy

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