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Home Maintenance: 5 Tasks To Accomplish Before Summer Ends

Make sure that your home's in tip-top shape with the help of this checklist

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Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main photo)

Our country's weather can be extremes sometimes. One day, we're facing an unbearable heat and the next day, we're dealing with strong winds and rain.

With the official rainy season just a couple of months away, we need to make the most of the sun's rays by working on a couple of repairs that can keep the home safe from heavy rains. Here are five important tasks that you need to take note of. 

Take note of these must-dos:

Do roof repair

When was the last time you had your roof checked? Inspect for rust and cracks that may cause leaks when it rains.  After checking, have it repaired as needed—either with sealants, or if damage is widespread, you may have to replace the metal sheets. If the sheets are rusty, seal and paint them.

Clean your gutters and drains

Clear them of dried leaves and small garbage that may cause clogging during the rainy season. De-clog drains in the bathroom and kitchen using a manual auger or you can also use a homemade cleaning solution. Pour a half cup baking soda mixed with half cup vinegar down the drain to prevent greasy residues from getting stuck to your pipes.

Fix plumbing

If you see water marks on your walls, ceilings, or near your sink, there's a possibility of a leak! When you see these signs, call a plumber to repair or replace the pipes as soon as possible.

Photo from www.tri-cityroofing.com.

Get rid of pests

Summer is when termites get most active, so nip it in the bud in the beginning of the year. You may also use natural remedies to deal with pests such as placing cayenne powder near your entryway (for ants) or placing cucumber peels on your counters or inside garbage cans (for cockroaches).

Click here for more ways to avoid pests at home.

Plan for flood control

Make sure that the canals and drains in and around your house are clear. Build zocalos around your doors if needed and if you’re planning on rising the floor line of your home, now’s the right time to do that.

 photo by Miguel Nacianceno

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