Keep Vents Clean
A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.
Check your detectors
Take this time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We recommend that you do this every season change, so as you’re going from winter to spring, or from spring to summer, and then summer to fall and fall to winter, check your detectors! Those are good intervals to make sure the batteries are still good and your equipment is in working order. You don’t want to wait until there’s an emergency to find that they’re not functioning properly!
Water your yard and your foundation
But first, it’s important to check with your city to make sure you’re not violating any watering restrictions. Some cities have a watering schedule, and if yours does you should follow it. You can usually find this on your city’s website. Keep an eye on the weather as well, so you don’t end up watering only to have it rain.
Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don’t forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
Hire a Professional
Time and time again I see people try to do things themselves and end up spending more to get something repaired. For example, I once had a customer completely destroy one of his living room walls when he tried to mount his TV by himself. This ended up costing him more than $600 dollars to repair when he could have easily called a service like Prescott TV Mounting to do it properly the first time for under a hundred dollars.
Make sure your outdoor space is safe
Check your patio or outdoor living space. We love to have cookouts and barbecues in the summertime, but make sure these spaces are in good shape. Look around and check to see if there are any nails sticking out. If you have a deck, make sure you don’t have any areas where the wood is rotting. You want to not only have a fun entertaining space, but also a safe one! Especially if you have young children over. But even if you don’t have kids around, you don’t want anything in your entertainment area that could potentially be a hazard. So look it over and make sure everything is looking good.
On top of these three things, you want to stay on top of your normal maintenance, especially changing out your air conditioner filters. Be safe, be smart, and always remember to drink plenty of water in this Arizona heat! Have a great summer!
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