May Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is here and the summer heat is just around the corner. Take advantage of the mild temperatures and head out to tackle some important home maintenance duties. Keeping up on these tasks will help you avoid future headaches and costly repairs.

Have a Professional Pump And Inspect Septic Tank

It is important to have a professional inspect your septic system annually to ensure it is working properly and determine if/when the septic tank should be pumped. By keeping up on annual inspections, you can prevent major problems that could end up being very costly.

Inspect and Clean Outdoor Lighting

Your landscape lighting is constantly exposed to the elements. While you are out taking care of your lawn, take some time to check and clean your lighting. If you have an owner’s manual for your fixtures, check the instructions for the best cleaning method. Most online sites recommend you wash any removable parts with mild dish soap and water. For fixtures that can’t be removed, use a damp cloth to wipe away dirt and debris. Always dry parts with a cotton cloth or other lint-free fabric. Remember to first shut off all power sources before cleaning your lighting.

Re-nail Any Loose Siding Or Trim Boards

Over time, strong winds, freezing temperatures and the blistering sun can all wreak havoc on your siding. Take a day this month to inspect your siding and trim boards to make sure they are in good repair so your home is protected.

Trim Trees, Bushes and Shrubs

Pruning your trees, bushes and shrubs is important not only for appearance purposes, but also for the health of your landscaping, and in some cases, safety. For shrubs and bushes, remove any dead or dying branches, and for trees, remove weak or dead branches that hang over your property to avoid serious injury or damage. For large jobs, consult a professional.

Maintain Yard Growth

The summer heat will be upon us soon…is your lawn ready? Make sure you don’t cut your lawn too short.

Clean Garbage Disposal

You may think your disposal is relatively clean considering how often water runs through it, but food particles can often get trapped inside, creating the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Take the extra step to clean and sanitize your garbage disposal this month.

Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that consumers test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every month to ensure they are properly working. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, be sure to get one. These should also be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.  

Apply Fertilizer to Lawn

Most soils are not able to provide all of your grass’s needed nutrients throughout the year. Applying fertilizer can help replace nutrients, promote new root growth, reduce/control weed growth, and help your lawn recover from foot traffic, among other benefits.

Remove And Clean All Window Screens

It is easy to forget to clean your screens and they can quickly build up with dirt, dust and grime. An occasional deep cleaning is important, in addition to dusting your screens throughout the year. There are instructions online, but many tutorials suggest removing your screens and cleaning them with a combination of household ammonia, dish detergent and water.