summer home maintenance tips

Clear the gutters of dead leaves and twigs before summer ends. Learn more summer home maintenance tips from the experts. Photo credit: MTSOfan

Summers in Australia are mostly hot and dry, especially in states and territories that fall inside climate zones 3 and 4, which is why bushfires frequently happen. Aside from proofing your home against bushfires, your summer home maintenance tips should also include getting your roofs and gutters up to speed in ventilating your home and reducing heat gain. You also don’t want to get caught with an overflowing gutter during one of those freaky summer storms. And, it doesn’t hurt to be ready this early for a different batch of problems that the autumn season brings.

Have a guttering expert to check out the structural soundness of your roof, gutters, and downpipes. Find out whether they’re strong enough to withstand the force of lashing winds and they’re free of debris that could clog the flow of water through the gutters and down the pipes. Ask for a quick estimate of the possible expenses for cleaning, repairs, and replacements. You’ll probably save money when you clean the gutters and pipes yourself and do some minor repairs before you hire a professional to fix those major roofing and guttering problems, including the installation of gutter guards.

Have your gutters and downpipes cleared of sticks, leaves and other debris at least twice a year. Use a leaf blower or a vacuum cleaner specifically designed for home maintenance jobs to break up the piles of debris and stubborn dirt. Once loosened, they’ll be easy to scoop up or sweep away. Then, flush away the remnants with high-pressure jets of water. Though it’s optional, installing gutter guards greatly helps in keeping the leaves and large debris away from your gutters.

Before you put away your ladder, take the time to inspect your gutters and pipes for cracks, holes, and signs of wear and tear. Use packing tape to cover the holes and tighten the screws with a screwdriver. Make sure the trim doesn’t have signs of moisture seepage, which could lead to wood rot. If you knew how to do it yourself, then replace the damaged boards with vented ones as soon as possible. Roof vents on the soffit contribute to cooling down the air in your attic and ceiling spaces which reduces heat gain during summer.

Lastly, cut down overhanging branches of trees nearby, tie up sagging cables in your property. Climb up onto your roof (if it’s low-hanging) to remove moss and mould. Secure yourself to a fixed structure with the same braided nylon ropes and carabiners that mountain climbers and cavers use. Use these to protect yourself from accidental falls and other related injuries while working at heights, particularly on steep roofs.

When you need someone with guttering expertise, contact us at The Leafman Australia to set up a house visit and personal consultation with our team of guttering and gutter guard professionals. In case you need more of these summer home maintenance tips, ask one of our experts and they’ll be more than happy to guide you.

Article by Heidi Cridland