Summer is one of the best times to tackle home improvement, as the weather is warm and pleasant and the days are longer. Many fun summer maintenance projects update your living space and make your home more enjoyable. Here are a few of the most popular ones.

Pressure Wash the Outside of the House

Pressure washing is an affordable way to make your home’s sidewalks and siding look new again. If you don’t own a pressure washer, rent one to use for the day. Make sure that you read the manual carefully and choose an appropriate cleaner. Too high of a pressure setting may do permanent damage to some materials. This project can benefit decks, patios, siding, driveways, and walkways.

Have the Septic System Drained

Every 2-3 years have the septic system of your home pumped. You’ll extend the system’s lifespan and keep the plumbing operating effectively.

Summer Home Maintenance Projects for Painting

Painting is challenging during many seasons, as spring is wet, winter is too cold to ventilate the house, and fall is often a busy time for families. Painting a room or two is an excellent summertime project. Warm weather helps the paint dry quickly and more thoroughly. Painting a room or an accent wall is an easy project to do on your own.

Stain the Deck

Wood decking adds value to your home and lasts for many years with proper maintenance. One of the most important projects for homeowners with a wood deck is periodic re-staining. Wood stain protects the integrity of the wood and keeps moisture from seeping into the boards and causing warping and rot. Select the right product for the type of wood on your deck.

Clean the Gutters

Remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the gutters to keep water flowing freely away from the house. Overflowing gutters can lead to water seeping under the roofing materials, basement flooding, and damage to the landscaping.

Summer Maintenance Projects: Roof Repairs

Summer is a good time of year to handle roof repairs. The weather isn’t typically as rainy as spring, giving you more opportunity to replace missing or damaged shingles. Hire a professional to take care of roof repairs quickly and easily in summer.

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