It’s time to prepare your home for the sweltering summer heat. Because your home will likely require increased maintenance over the summer, starting preparations early can help lower energy bills and enhance the efficiency and life of your home’s components. The following are six tips for getting your home ready for summer.
- Have your chimney cleaned
Chimney inspections and cleanings are recommended at least every year. After winter, when the weather is warming up, it can be an ideal time to do inspections and cleaning.
Cleaning your smoke chamber, firebox, damper or chimney liner by yourself is possible, but you’ll likely want to enlist the help of a specialist. While they’re cleaning the chimney, professionals can also check for structural deterioration, animal nests and creosote deposits. Having your chimney vent cleaned ensures the security and comfort of your home year-round.
- Clean gutters, downspouts and drains
In most cases, cleaning the drains and gutters is the final item on a person’s to-do plan before summer, but it is an essential job. Debris like leaves and dirt can clog gutters and lead to wall and roof leaks if allowed to accumulate, especially during summer when thunderstorms can frequently occur. Eliminating buildup in your gutters significantly reduces the danger of water damage. If you notice any structural damage while cleaning your gutters, Kraz Construction is ready to help you replace them!
- Clean and replace windows
With snow and sleet no longer on the ground, it’s time for a good window cleaning from the outside. It’s also a good idea to clean the insides of your windows to eliminate any dust buildup, enabling you to better check for any wear or damage that occurred over the winter. If you notice a draft, condensation or any other signs your windows need replacing, Kraz construction has your back! We can help you select the perfect window that matches your home’s style with our variety of designs and models.
- Clean up your grill
It only takes a few minutes to clean the grill so that you and your family and friends can enjoy juicy burgers, flavorful kebabs and perfectly cooked vegetables this summer. Make sure your grill is on high heat for 10 minutes before cooking. It will make cleaning the cook box of any leftover residue easier. When it’s time to clean the grill, unplug it and let it cool before removing the grates, burners and drip tray.
- Examine your roof
Winter ice and snow can cause roof damage, so it is important to examine your roof each summer. Check the interior for leaks and breaks first by taking a look at the attic, the walls and the ceiling. It is not recommended to walk on your roof for extended periods. You can tell from a distance if your home has been harmed. Keep an eye out for tiles that are damaged or loose. If you find damage, contact a professional roofer like Kraz Construction to help you replace your roof.
Kraz Construction, a home improvement partner you can trust
Preparing for the hot months of summer can come with jobs too difficult to DIY. With 95 years of experience helping homeowners in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland areas, Kraz Construction is ready to make your next summer home improvement project hassle-free. Contact us today for your free estimate!