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Summer Maintenance for your Home


Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a unique season marked by its mild temperatures, stunning scenery, and the perfect balance of sun and rain. It's also an ideal time to take care of essential home maintenance tasks. Whether you’re preparing for the next season or just looking to keep your home in top shape, these eight tips will help ensure your home stays comfortable and efficient all year round.

Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

The Pacific Northwest is known for its rainy weather, even during the summer months. Ensure your gutters are free from debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt to prevent back up before the real rainy season begins. Clean gutters help maintain proper drainage and protect your roof and siding from potential water damage.

Tip: Consider installing gutter guards to reduce the frequency of cleaning and to keep your gutters more efficient.

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Check Your Roof for Damage

Winter storms and the constant moisture can take a toll on your roof. Summer is a great time to inspect for loose or missing shingles, leaks, or any signs of wear and tear. Addressing these issues early can prevent costly repairs down the line.

Tip: Hire a professional roofer for a thorough inspection if you're not comfortable doing it yourself.

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Service Your HVAC System

With the fluctuating weather, ensuring your HVAC system is functioning properly is crucial. Schedule a professional maintenance check to clean and inspect your air conditioning unit and furnace. This will improve efficiency, extend the life of your system, and keep your home comfortable in all seasons.

Tip: Replace air filters regularly to maintain air quality and system efficiency.

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Trim Trees and Shrubs

Overgrown vegetation can pose a risk to your home, especially during wind or ice storms. Trim any trees or shrubs that are close to your house to prevent branches from damaging your roof or siding. Properly maintained landscaping also enhances your home’s curb appeal.

Tip: Check for any signs of disease or pest infestations in your plants and address them promptly.

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Power Wash Your Exterior

Moss, algae, and grime can build up on your home’s exterior due to the damp climate. Use a power washer to clean your siding, deck, driveway, and walkways. This not only improves the appearance of your home but also helps prevent damage from mold and mildew and keeps your walkways safe.

Tip: Be cautious with the pressure setting to avoid damaging surfaces, especially on wood or older materials.

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Seal and Repair Windows and Doors

Check the seals around your windows and doors for any cracks or gaps. Proper sealing helps keep your home energy-efficient by preventing cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. This can also keep out moisture, reducing the risk of mold and mildew.

Tip: Use weatherstripping for a quick fix and consider re-caulking if you notice significant gaps.

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Maintain Your Lawn and Garden

Summer is the prime growing season, so keeping your lawn and garden well-maintained is essential. Regularly mow the lawn, weed your garden beds, and water plants appropriately. Consider adding mulch to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

Tip: Opt for native plants that are better adapted to the local climate and require less water and maintenance.

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Inspect and Clean Your Deck

The mild summer weather in the Pacific Northwest is perfect for outdoor gatherings. Ensure your deck is safe and enjoyable by inspecting for loose boards, nails, and structural damage. Clean the surface thoroughly and apply a fresh coat of sealant to protect against moisture and UV rays.

Tip: Regular maintenance can extend the life of your deck and keep it looking great for years to come.

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By taking the time to perform these summer maintenance tasks, you can protect your home from potential damage, improve its efficiency, and enhance its overall appearance. The Pacific Northwest’s unique climate requires special attention to moisture and vegetation, making these tasks especially important. Stay proactive, and enjoy a comfortable and worry-free summer in your well-maintained home.

Maintaining your home doesn’t have to be daunting. With these tips, you can tackle the essential tasks and enjoy the beauty and comfort of your home all summer long. Happy maintaining!

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