Now that we’re in the midst of the hot, steamy summer, winter seems like a distant memory. But this is Minnesota, and winter will be back before you know it – which makes now the perfect time to get your home ready for the cold and snow with a few summer DIY projects.
By spending a few hours on these easy home maintenance tasks, you’ll ensure that your house is in top shape, shoring up against leaks and damage, and preventing costly future repairs.
Clean the Gutters
When gutters get clogged with leaves and debris, water doesn’t flow properly, causing leaks that can rot siding and window trip, or even damage the foundation. Cleaning gutters seems like an ominous task, but it’s pretty easy – just get a ladder and get in there with a broom or a small shovel.
Caulk Around Windows
Keep your heating bills low this winter! Seal window edges and gaps to keep the warm air in and those cold winter winds out.
Seal Irrigation Leaks
An irrigation system can freeze in winter and be damaged by water pressure and UV light in summer, causing leaks that waste water and increase your bill. Turn on the water and inspect all parts of the system for leaks, breaks, pooling water or clogged sprinkler heads, making repairs as necessary.
Inspect the Furnace
If your furnace filter appears dark and dirty when held up to the light, it’s time to get a new one. To remove additional buildup in your furnace system, take a vacuum to registers, ducts and vents.
Clean the Dryer Vent
Even if you clean the lint trap after every use, lint will still build up inside your dryer and duct, making it less efficient and creating a fire hazard. Use a long-handled vent brush to clean out the lint trap, then carefully clean behind the machine. Go outside and clean the vent with the brush or a rag.
Protect your home against bugs and vermin that might try to seek shelter inside in the winter. Eliminate pests’ hiding places by removing stacked lumber, yard waste, toys and tools near the home. Trim bushes and move plants so nothing is touching the siding or foundation.
Ready to tackle these summer DIY projects? Visit our equipment rental catalog for all the tools you’ll need to get them done quickly and affordably. If you’re not sure about the equipment or tool rentals you need for your projects, give our friendly Minneapolis rental experts a call.