Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
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Blog 06/21/19

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

With summer slowly creeping up, now is the perfect time of year to get your home prepped and ready to go for the hotter months. Our checklist below offers tips to help you with your summer home maintenance!


  • Clean or replace your showerheads

If your showerhead has developed any calcium deposits, it may be time to replace it. If a low flow shower head is purchased, you will save money and save water.

  • Check for leaky pipes

Now is a great time to do a thorough check of your pipes. Feel along the walls of your home for moisture, check your water pressure, and monitor your water bill. If you notice any changes to any of these things, make sure to call 1-800-BILL-HOWE to have an experienced San Diego plumber assist with locating and fixing any leaks.

  • Clean your drains

A certified Bill Howe technician can help clear and clean your drains with ease. Regular maintenance of your drains can help prevent costly repairs in the future.

HVAC Units

  • Have your air conditioning unit checked and serviced

Having your air conditioner regularly serviced not only ensures that it will cool down your house when necessary, but also extends the lifetime of the unit.

  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan

Since heat rises, by changing the direction of your ceiling fan (so the blades spin counterclockwise), you are helping to circulate the cold air located towards the floor to other parts of the room. Now is also a good time to wipe down the fan blades of any dust that may have accumulated.

  • Change the filter in your air conditioner

It’s a good idea to change your air conditioner filter every 3 months to ensure your system runs efficiently.  

  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked

By making sure the areas around the indoor and outdoor vents are clear of obstruction, you are helping to keep everything in working order.

Interior General Maintenance

  • Check your attic or basement

If you have an attic or basement, summer is a perfect time to check for leaks, mold or mildew in these spaces. If you notice any of these, call a certified Bill Howe technician to help with mold abatement or to fix a plumbing issue.

  • Wash your home’s windows

With sunshine comes the obvious signs of how dirty your windows got over the rainy, winter season. Clean both the interior and exterior of your windows as well as the screens for maximum effect.

  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers

While we hope that none of these things are ever needed, your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers need to be checked regularly. Checking these items helps to ensure that they are working properly should the need ever arise.

  • Have your chimney cleared

You may not use your fireplace until the winter, but now is a great time to have your chimney cleared. Some companies may offer summertime specials and are typically not busy during this time of year.

  • Clean your dryer vent and exhaust duct

Cleaning out the lint in your vent and exhaust to keep your dryer working effectively and to  prevent a fire from starting. If dryers are not cleaned properly, they can become a fire hazard. if not properly cleaned.

Exterior General Maintenance

  • Inspect any outdoor play equipment

Odds are it may have been a few months since the last time any play structure was used. With warm weather on the way, checking to make sure the structure is secure is a good idea.  Reseal, repaint, or reinforce the structure as necessary.

  • Clean the gutters

By cleaning your gutters, you are helping to prevent future damage that may occur after the rain. Eliminating blockage in the gutter helps to prevent damage to your roof.

  • Prep your deck

If you have a deck, make sure that your deck is in tip-top shape. Check for loose boards, splintered boards or anything else that may be problematic down the line. Reseal or replace any portion of your deck that needs it.

  • Check the caulking around windows and doors

If you notice cracks in the caulking around your windows and doors, make sure to address this.  With the caulking around these secure, bugs are kept away.

  • Inspect your fencing

Repaint, reseal and repair any portions of your fence if necessary.  

  • Keep the unwanted pests around your home at bay

To keep the bugs, ants, snakes and squirrels away from your home and yard, there are a few simple things that can be done to make this happen. Mow your lawn to keep your grass short so animals can’t hide. Cover any holes so animals can’t burrow. Close your trash cans so pests can’t get in. Throw away yard debris so animals and bugs can’t build a home.

With these tips, you will be able to complete your home maintenance tasks for summer in no time! Be sure to call 1-800-BILLE-HOWE if you need an experienced plumber to assist you.


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