Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is here!  Make sure your home is prepared inside and out to deal with the heat and humidity of a Central Ohio summer. 

Check Hoses Throughout the House – Inside & Out

Inspect the hoses to your washer, dehumidifier, dishwasher, icemaker, toilets and refrigerator for any signs of leaks, cracking or wear and tear. You should replace these hoses once every 3-5 years, but it is important to regularly check for any signs of leaking.

Check your outdoor hoses and exterior faucets for leaks — even a tiny drip can add up to a big waste of water.

Clean the Garbage Disposal & Dishwasher

It is important to clean out your garbage disposal and dishwasher every once in a while. You can easily clean out your garbage disposal by flushing it with hot water and some dish soap. To clean your dishwasher, you should add 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of the machine and run the machine on low wash.

Washing Machine Maintenance

Your washing machine needs some light maintenance every now and then. When your frontload washer is not in use, inspect the seal between the door opening and the drum for areas of soil buildup or any stains. If you find any, you can clean it with a mixture of ¾ cup of chlorine bleach and a gallon of warm water. Wipe the area with the bleach/water solution and then let it sit for about 5 minutes. Now, wipe dry with a clean cloth, and let it air dry. This will remove any odors and keep your clothes from getting stained by dirt deposits inside the seal.

Check Your Gutters

Gutters can not only get damaged over the winter and spring months but they also can become filled with loose debris such as leaves. Clogged or damaged gutters may potentially not function properly which can lead to water problems inside your home.  In addition to the actual gutters on your home, inspect your gutter downspouts.  It’s important that your downspouts are taking any water as far away from your home as possible, which can be accomplished by installing inexpensive extensions.

Inspect the Grading Around Your Home

One of the most common reasons a home may have a wet basement is because of the grading around the exterior of the home. As you are inspecting the grading around your home, you want to ensure the pitch of the ground around your home’s foundation is sloping away from your home.  This allows ground water to run away from the home and not towards the home.

Plan Your Watering Schedule

Train your garden to endure dry days by watering deeply a couple times a week, instead of watering lightly daily. This style of watering will promote the growth of deep, strong roots.