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Summer Home Maintenance Tips

June 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer is here and it is time to repair damage to your home from over the winter. Andy (the best handyman in St. Louis) has prepared a short checklist to help you avoid expensive repairs later. (Now, what other handyman would do this?)

1) Switch ceiling fan blades to push cool air down. Observe the fan while it is running: In summer, you want the leading edge of the blades (the part that goes around first) higher than the trailing edge. Locate the fan’s switch on it’s body. When set correctly for summer, you can stand beneath it and feel the breeze. This allows you to set the air conditioner lower, saving fuel while enjoying the cooling effect of the moving air.

2) Clean out gutters. Take advantage of dry weather to clear and clean out leaves and debris from the gutters. This allows the rain water to move freely away from the home and protects from mold and rot. Depending on how many trees surround your home, this should be done several times a year. I cannot tell you how many homes I’ve seen with big damage because this simple task wasn’t done enough. Look for loose joints, sagging attachments and corrosion. Tighten and reattach gutter connections. You will save yourself  hundreds of dollars.

3) Inspect for roof leaks. Scan the roof for evidence of damage, including shingles that are curling, broken, popped up or missing. To check for structural stability. Stand across the street and look at the roof line. If it appears to sag, get a professional to inspect it. The cause could be damage to the roof supports from heavy snow or too many layers of roofing materials. Inside, inspect the attic rafters and walls. Look for discoloration or stains.

4) Inspect wood decks and porches. Inspect for rot by pressing the wood with your hands, foot, or a tool to find any soft spots. Gently probe soft spots with a screwdriver to learn the extent of the damage. If the damage is severe, replace rotted boards.

We hope these tips have been helpful to you and save you from costly repairs. If you find damage that you are unable to correct, please keep us in mind. We are St. Louis’ highest rated professional handyman service and we are here to help.