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10 Essential Summer Maintenance Tips for Homeowners


Greetings from NW Roots Construction, your trusted resource for crafting and maintaining amazing homes in the wonderful Northwest!


Summer’s arrival brings with it warm days and cool nights - an ideal time to ensure your home is in top shape. If you’re a homeowner living in one of our charming mountain towns, we’re here to share 10 summer maintenance tips to keep your property safe and comfortable.


1. Fire Safety: Wildfires can be a concern in our mountainous regions during the summer. Clear away dry leaves and other potential fire hazards from around your property. Make sure to have an accessible and functional fire extinguisher.


2. Roof Check: Harsh winters can be tough on roofs. Now’s the time to inspect yours for damage or leaks. Consider hiring a professional if you find any issues or if your roof is difficult to access.


3. Deck and Patio Care: Inspect your deck or patio for signs of wear and tear. Look for loose nails, rotten wood, or any other damage. Clean and reseal the surface as needed to extend its life.


4. Inspect Cooling Systems: Central Washington summers can get quite hot. Ensure your cooling systems, such as air conditioning units or fans, are working efficiently.


5. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: After winter and spring, your gutters might be clogged with leaves and debris. Clearing them prevents water damage and ensures they’re ready for summer storms.


6. Check Water Systems: If you have a sprinkler or irrigation system, make sure it’s functioning properly. Look out for leaks or broken sprinkler heads that could waste water.


7. Window and Door Seals: Check your doors and windows for gaps in seals to keep your cool air inside and hot air out. Caulk any gaps you find to improve energy efficiency.


8. Pest Control: The warm weather can bring unwanted pests. Regularly inspect your home for signs of infestation such as wasp nests or ant trails. If necessary, hire a pest control service.


9. Landscaping and Tree Inspection: Examine the trees around your property for signs of disease or damage, especially those near your home. Remove dead plants from your garden and keep your yard neat to reduce fire risk.


10. Check Smoke Detectors: This should be done regularly, but summer’s a great reminder. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries as needed.


At NW Roots Construction, we believe a well-maintained home is the key to enjoying mountain living to the fullest. Take some time this summer to keep your home in peak condition and, should you need any assistance with maintenance or renovation projects, don’t hesitate to reach out.


Enjoy your home this summer and keep an eye out for more home care tips and tricks from your friends at NW Roots Construction.

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