As it gets warmer in the Maryland area, it’s time to start doing some seasonal maintenance. The hot, humid summers come with their own challenges for your house, and doing preventative maintenance is essential to maintaining your home. But where do you even start? And what can you do yourself vs. requiring a professional? The experts at BGE HOME have the answers for you!
DIY Summer Maintenance Checks
There are several tasks that any homeowner can accomplish when starting their seasonal checks. These include:
- Testing the house alarms. Checking your fire alarms, CO2 detectors, and home security systems at the start of each season is essential. Not only will these keep your home safe from a variety of threats, but checking them is extremely simple. All you have to do is press the button on the alarm and see if it chimes. If it does, you’re good to go! If not, you may need to change the battery.
- Treat your windows. It’s important to clean your windows thoroughly once a season. Not only will this protect any UV and sun blocking capabilities, but it will make your home look nicer. Be sure to inspect your screens for holes or damages, as you’ll want to keep your windows open—and the bugs out.
- Clean your sinks and drains. Making sure your plumbing is sound for the season is crucial to your home. Check your garbage disposal and clean out any left over debris. This will keep your home smelling fresh all season long.
Projects That May Require A Professional
These are checks that you can easily do yourself, but if you find anything wrong, it may require a professional.
- Check your roof for broken shingles. The summer in Maryland often comes with big thunderstorms that, if your roof isn’t properly prepared, can lead to leaks and mold. Inspect your roof for broken shingles. If you find any, you may need to call a roofer to help you repair them.
- Check your pipes. Leaky pipes can not only lead to a higher water bill, but can significantly damage your home. Check your water pressure, test your walls for wetness, and make sure your water bill has been consistent year-over-year. If there are irregularities, you should contact a plumber right away.
- Clean Your Gutters. This is a task that most homeowners can do, but if you notice damage to your gutters from the ice and snow in the winter, you should get a professional to check them out for repairs. Clogged or broken gutters could lead to water damage on the exterior of your home.
Air Conditioning Tune-Ups
Making sure your home’s AC is in tip-top shape before the season will ensure your home is ready for the long, hot and humid summers. The AC experts at BGE HOME will do a full 21-point air conditioner efficiency tune-up to keep your unit running smoothly all season. Our AC tune-up includes:
- Checking efficiency
- Calibrating the thermostat temperature
- Checking vents, motors and blowers
- Checking the carbon monoxide regulators in the gas
- And more!
Learn more about our AC tune-up services today to have a happy and fun summer!