When the weather heats up and the sun stays out, the last thing you want to focus on is home maintenance. However, there’s no doubt that summertime is simply the best time for many indoor and outdoor tasks. Here are some quick and simple tips to check these home tasks off your list early in the season so you can have your fun in the sun:
Oil hinges. You likely have more hinges throughout your home than you think! Summer is the perfect time to make sure they’re all greased and ready to go. Don’t forget about those outdoor hinges, such as your front and back doors and any out-building doors, such as sheds or detached garages. Don’t forget to oil your garage door opener and chain.
Remove lint. Take advantage of the nice weather to clean out your dryer vent. There are services you can hire to do this for you, or if you’re handy, grab a ladder and locate the dryer vent on the outside of your home. Clean lint from inside and outside washer hoses. This is a very important maintenance task that can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
Check for leaks. Check around your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and around toilets for leaks. In the bathrooms, tighten showerheads and faucet handles. If you have a hose and sprinklers, monitor those to ensure you are watering directly where you want to, and that water is not being wasted by leaking onto the sidewalk or into the street.
Seal tile grout. Seal your tile grout by wiping it down with a clean cloth, then use a cleaning solution of two parts baking soda and one part water. Use a grout brush to clean deep into the grooves. Rinse with clean water, and let dry for 24 hours. Then use a tile sealer to preserve your hard work!
Clean fridge and freezer coils. Beat the heat with a cool freeze from your refrigerator while you clean it out. Take some time to clean out your fridge and freezer and wipe down all surfaces. Clean your freezer coils before replacing all the frozen items. This will prolong the life of your freezer and preserve your frozen goods for longer.
We hope these tips will help inspire your enthusiasm for home maintenance tasks this summer! There’s no limit to how you can improve your home and keep busy around your home while the summer sun is out.
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