Three Ways to Summer-Proof Your Home! | Scott Johnson

Three Ways to Summer-Proof Your Home!

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Ahead: sunny hikes, afternoons on the lake, the smell of soil and fresh-cut grass and ice cream in the evening (or anytime). To make the most of your summer downtime, it's a good idea to prep your home for the warmer days ahead.

With summer weather just around the corner, the experts at Zaarly suggest preparing your home now, so you don't get stuck dealing with an emergency water leak or safety hazard caused by winter weather damage.

Gutters. Check for winter damage and debris.

Debris like leaves and sticks, nests or the neighbor kid's baseball can cause moisture to get under the shingles, which can damage to your roof.

Air Conditioner. Prepare your AC unit for its starring summertime role.

Power wash outside units, and clear out fins with a broom to make sure there isn't any dust or weather build-up. A clean AC unit runs more efficiently and longer because the compressor doesn’t have to work as hard.

Decks and Fences. Cracks and breaks can be dangerous to kids and pets.

With the back-and-forth weather Kansas City has had since fall, structures are put to the test. Check decks and fences for moisture and weight-bearing damage from snow and ice. Remember, repairing part of a fence or deck that is "almost broken" is cheaper — and safer — than waiting until after it completely breaks.

Be sure to handle these tasks as soon as possible, so that when the summer sun is in full swing, you'll be free to enjoy the warm weather with friends and family and not worry about emergency home repairs.

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