Home time: Summertime home maintenance tips

July 1, 2013 

Lake Wylie summer maintenance tips:

1. Are the yard and garden in full bloom? Be sure to clean up existing yard debris, including leftover winter wood piles. Snakes and other critters love nesting in debris and other unattended areas. Keep squirrels and rodents from accessing the house by pruning trees and shrubs so the branches do not come into contact with the siding.

2. Planning to grill out on the deck or host a party? Do a thorough inspection of your deck. Replace rotted wood and hammer down nails that have popped up. Clean and seal the deck for improved protection. If water does not bead together on the deck, it’s time to reseal it.

3. Taking an extend vacation? In addition to adjusting your thermostat, consider shutting down the water heater and turning off the main shut-off valve to the water supply. There is no need to waste energy or gas heating the water tank. By turning off the water supply, you will be safe from any possible leaks that may occur while you’re gone.

Brian Wade is a local Realtor. He can be reached at brian@waderealtygroup.com.

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