Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

Filling a crack in an asphalt driveway with asphalt crack sealer.

Outdoor Summer Home Maintenance

  • Inspect Crawl Space: Excess moisture in the crawl space under your home can cause mold, rot, and buckled wood flooring. Inspect the crawl space, floor joists, and any HVAC ductwork under your home for signs of moisture or condensation, and inspect foundation walls for leaks or seepage. Make sure to cover the crawl space with thick plastic to prevent moisture from coming up through the ground.
  • Patch Cracks and Holes in Driveway: Use concrete repair caulk or asphalt crack sealer to repair cracks in concrete or asphalt driveways. If your driveway is showing its age, you may want to pressure wash it, repair any holes, and then apply a concrete resurfacer or asphalt sealer to give it new life.
  • Prune Shrubs Around AC Units: Air conditioning units and heat pumps require plenty of air circulation to work efficiently, so it's important to keep shrubs trimmed back away from the unit. Make sure there's at least 18” of room around the sides of the air conditioner, and three feet or more above the unit.
  • Check Lawn Irrigation: Inspect irrigation lines and nozzles for leaks and clogs, and adjust the sprinkler heads so your lawn is evenly covered and water isn’t wasted on sidewalks and driveways. To test the coverage, place straight-sided tuna cans on the ground around the yard, and run your sprinkler as usual. If your irrigation system is set right, all of the cans should be filled to the same level. Watch our video on How to Water Your Lawn to find out more.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Just wanted to let you know that this widow really enjoys your show. You have given me help around the the house that I am able to do without hiring someone to do it. I live many miles from a large town where I could get help. I encourage everyone to keep up the good work helping people.
    I live in western Kansas.

  2. Hey, I Love your show. I want to know how can I take out mold out of my ceiling. It’s getting black and also it’s getting spread . I’m getting desperate, and I don’t want to be sick also my family. I wish can you come and fix a lot of stuff that are getting ugly, we can afford to expend a lot of money on the house.
    Thank you,
    Anabelle

  3. I love watching your show here in Pittsburgh!
    I got my gutters replaced two years ago. Every time it rains my gutter leaks in the back corner and near the middle of the front of my house. I had the person who replaced my gutters come twice to fix it but all I hear is excuses and my gutters still leaks. I tried to have some contractors look at my gutters and they tell mine the job is too small to fix🤔 All I need is my gutters to be repitched so they can drain properly. What do you suggest….. Know any good contractors here in Pittsburgh?

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  4. I have a 1400 sq. ft. house that is only 6 years old. I bought it new, but with no appliances in it, so it had no weight on the house while it sat unoccupied for a year. When the weather turned cold, about 3 months after we moved in, we noticed the screws pulling through the sheetrock near the center of the house. Then we started noticing one part where there was a wall separating from the ceiling, leaving a 1/32″ crack. I left it until I could get to it, since it didn’t seem to be getting any worse. Next thing I know it was hot weather again and the crack had disappeared, only to come back again when it got cold. There is humidity under the house causing the duct to sweat. I was told that there is not enough air movement and to put fans under there to remove the humidity. Will this stop the house from settling and raising?

    • Hi, Lyle,
      Danny says, “What you’re experiencing is expansion and contraction, not settling. And it’s very common in almost all houses.
      Additional insulation in the attic, especially over the concerned areas, generally will reduce or eliminate any of your expansion and contraction.
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!”

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