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Summer Home Maintenance Tips for North Texas Residents

There's nothing quite like a North Texas summer. That's why summer home maintenance is a must, so you can not only beat the heat but also save money on repairs and energy costs. This go-to guide will help you keep cool and avoid unforeseen out-of-pocket expenses so you can live comfortably during those endless triple-digit days. 


Inspect and Update Air Conditioning Systems


When you think of surviving a Texas summer, two words come to mind: Air conditioning. The last thing you want is for your a/c unit to break down during the middle of Texas' hottest months, so make sure your system is serviced and operating efficiently. Replace filters (because allergy season is equally brutal, and you don't want to strain your system), check for pesky leaks, and ensure your air conditioning system meets its expectations. Trust us, regular maintenance is a minor inconvenience compared to going without a/c, plus it can prolong the life of your unit and greatly reduce your energy bills.


Roof Inspection and Repairs


North Texas is synonymous with unpredictable weather. Hail damage, rogue tornadoes, heavy rain, or a combination of all three are always possibilities for the DFW metroplex. It's a great idea to inspect your roof for damage, loose shingles, vents that need replacing, or leaks. Keeping your roof in good condition is typically far less expensive than the aftermath of costly water damage. 


Gutter Cleaning and Inspection


Accumulating debris from previous seasons (because, let's be honest, many people don't check their gutters often enough) will prepare you for those heavy summer rainstorms. Keeping your gutters clean is a great way to avoid water damage if you want to keep that rainwater away from your home's foundation. Be sure to inspect for damage or sagging and make necessary repairs.


Seal Windows and Doors


An easy way to run your electricity bill up is by letting heat escape through improperly sealed windows and doors. You don't want your air conditioner to work any harder than it needs to, so check for drafts and seal leaks with weather stripping or caulk. This simple process can save you tons of money and keep your home much more comfortable during the hottest months of the year.


Landscaping and Yard Maintenance


Maintaining your yard and landscaping is important, not just because your HOA told you to. We have a scorching, arid climate here in North Texas, so consider drought-resistant plants that thrive easily in these conditions. Use mulch to retain moisture in your soil, keep pesky weeds at bay, and reduce the need for constant watering. An efficient watering system is a great investment to keep your yard and landscaping looking great, all while keeping your water bill manageable. 


Check Irrigation Systems


If you live in North Texas, you're no stranger to water restrictions. When you can only water once or twice per week, it's imperative to have an irrigation system that's leak-free and efficient. You should check regularly to ensure everything works correctly. Hence, your yard and plants stay healthy during droughts and soaring temperatures. 


Exterior Paint and Siding Check


With the sun beating overhead, your home's exterior paint and siding can easily become susceptible to chipping, blistering, or warping. Repaint when needed to protect your investment from the elements, and replace damaged siding before repairs become more costly. 


Deck and Patio Maintenance


Summer gatherings and barbeques are a staple of any North Texas community. But if you want to be a great host, check your decking and patios for hazards such as loose boards, nails, and unstable railing. Be sure to use the proper treatment on wooden surfaces to help withstand excess heat so you can fully utilize your space to hang with friends and family. 


Pest Control Strategies


We'd be doing you a disservice if we didn't mention bugs. Alongside those backyard barbecues and swimming pools are everyone's least favorites: fire ants and mosquitoes. It's bad enough that we have to deal with them outside, and the last thing we want is for them to get into our homes. Seal entry points, keep your home clean and free from food on the floor, and invest in a good repellent or professional pest control company to offer you an extra barrier of protection. The best way to handle bugs in your home is to prevent them from ever entering in the first place. 


Prepare for Summer Storms


Earlier, we discussed the importance of keeping your home and roof in good shape to help you deal with unpredictable summer weather. Aside from taking preventative measures to keep your home in great shape, you should also keep an emergency kit and safety plan for your family. It would only be a North Texas summer if you heard the tornado sirens go off at least once, so it's a great idea to secure or store your outdoor furniture and any decorations you don't want to blow away in high winds. 


Conclusion


We understand that finding the time or energy to perform these maintenance tasks can be challenging. Still, by thinking proactively, you can vastly improve your home's resilience against every aspect of summer weather in the DFW metroplex. Regular maintenance and checks prevent emergencies and help you stay cool and comfortable throughout the hottest season of the year. If you don't feel like doing some of these checks, don't hesitate to contact professionals for your maintenance or home remodeling needs. These summer home maintenance tips for North Texas are an excellent investment in your comfort, happiness, and safety. 

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