Your June To-Dos: Home Maintenance Edition

Welcome to June!  A new month means a new list of to-dos around the house.  To help you stay on top of them all, we’ve put together our top priorities for home maintenance in the coming weeks.  Since we focus on home exteriors, we’re always here to lend a hand, if you need some extra assistance this summer.  Just keep Schaefer Exteriors in mind as you work to:

Stay Ahead of Summer Pests

We’re not the only ones enjoying warmer weather this June.  All sorts of summer pests are coming out of the woodwork—quite literally, in some cases.  Fortunately, since you know they’re on their way, you can stay one step ahead.  Keep wood-destroying insects, like carpenter ants, termites, and certain types of beetles, at bay by trimming your landscaping back.  At least those bushes and shrubs that actually touch your home’s exterior.  This precaution, along with mowing your lawn regularly, should also prevent ticks from coming too close to the house.

For mosquitos, it takes a slightly different approach.  Since they rely on standing water to hatch, inspect your property for spots that collect rainwater.  If you address the problem now, you could have a lot less bug bites this summer.  We also recommend swapping your outdoor lighting.  Did you know that certain types of bulbs are more likely to attract these thirsty pests?  Yellow sodium vapor lightbulbs cast a yellowish light that’s less popular these days among both people and insects.  If you prefer LED bulbs, be sure to look for ones that offer a yellowish, pinkish, or orange light (as opposed to blue, white, or purple) to further deter mosquitos.  For serious pest problems, don’t be afraid to call in the professionals.

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

June in Maryland is one hot, muggy month.  Between the heat, the humidity, and the rainfall, your home exterior could become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and other unpleasant elements.  Keep it clean with the help of professional cleaning products and power washing (when warranted).  Certain types of siding, including stone, brick, and fiber cement siding, are naturally resistant to mold.  However, when dirt accumulates on your home exterior, it can provide the perfect nourishment for this fungus. 

Water is also a key ingredient, so you should inspect your house regularly for signs of leaks, or other water damage.  Don’t forget to clean your gutters regularly!  When they’re filled with debris or falling apart, they stop directing rain water away from your home.  This becomes a recipe for mold and mildew. But, fortunately, a little home maintenance can easily prevent this problem.  

Keep Your Air Conditioning Airtight

We can’t forget about AC!  In the coming weeks, you’re definitely going to need it.  Go ahead and check your air conditioning ahead of time, whether you have an HVAC system installed or you’re still relying on window units to keep you cool.  For window units, you want to be especially cautious about sealing your windows properly following an installation.  Even small air leaks can drastically reduce their effectiveness.  While potentially allowing water and/or pests to come inside.  HVAC systems should prevent these problems, but you’ll need to test them regularly to ensure they’re running properly.  You might also want to check for potential air leaks that could contribute to poor energy efficiency and excess heat/humidity inside. 

While you work on these to-dos, leave the larger exterior projects to us!  If you discover that you need new or replacement siding, windows, or gutters during your home maintenance this month, give us a call.  Our team is happy to tackle the problem(s) at hand and let you enjoy your summer!

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