Summer Home Maintenance Tips & To-Do List

Summer is here, bringing sunshine, vacations, and outdoor fun. However, the season also comes with its own challenges for homeowners. At Berks • Fire • Water Restorations, Inc.℠, we want to help you keep your home safe and in top condition during the warmer months. Here are some essential summer tips to ensure your home remains a safe and comfortable haven all season long.

  1. Check for Water Leaks

With summer storms and increased water usage, the risk of water damage can rise. Prevent potential problems by:

  • Inspecting your plumbing for leaks or drips.
  • Checking your roof and gutters for damage or clogs.
  • Monitoring your water bill for unusual spikes, which could indicate a hidden leak.
  1. Prepare for Storms

Summer storms can be intense, so it’s crucial to be prepared:

  • Trim trees and bushes around your home to prevent branches from damaging your property during high winds.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other items that could become projectiles.
  • Create an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, water, and non-perishable food.
  1. Prevent Mold Growth

Warm, humid conditions are ideal for mold growth. Protect your home by:

  • Using dehumidifiers in damp areas like basements and bathrooms.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Cleaning and drying any water spills promptly to prevent mold from forming.
  1. Clean Your Ducts

Over time, dust, dirt, and allergens can accumulate in your home’s ductwork, reducing air quality. Schedule a professional duct cleaning to:

  • Improve indoor air quality by removing dust, allergens, and other contaminants.
  • Enhance HVAC efficiency by ensuring unobstructed airflow, which can also reduce energy costs.
  • Extend the lifespan of your HVAC system by reducing strain on the components.
  1. Plan for Vacations

If you’re going away for an extended period, ensure your home stays safe by:

  • Setting your thermostat to save energy while keeping the home cool enough to prevent mold.
  • Asking a neighbor to check in on your home and collect mail.
  • Turning off water valves to prevent potential leaks or flooding.
  1. Prevent Commercial Losses

For business owners, summer maintenance is crucial to prevent costly disruptions:

  • Regularly inspect your building for water leaks, roof damage, and plumbing issues.
  • Schedule professional cleaning for HVAC systems and ducts to maintain air quality and efficiency.
  • Develop an emergency plan to address potential summer storms and power outages.
  1. Review Your Insurance Coverage

When planning ahead for summer storms, be sure to review your insurance coverage with your agent. Make sure you understand what’s covered and what is not to avoid any surprises if damage occurs.

Stay cool and stay safe, and if your residential or commercial property experiences any damage this summer, Berks • Fire • Water Restorations, Inc.℠ is available for emergency care 24/7 at 610-478-8660.