July Home Maintenance Checklist

  • devon-inventories-exeterCheck all exterior walls for peeling or cracked paint. If you decide to repaint your house yourself, you can cut this job down to size by painting just one or two walls per year. Typically, paint on south and west-facing walls deteriorates faster and requires more frequent recoating than paint on north or east-facing walls.
  • Carefully inspect brick or masonry siding for cracks or missing mortar. Repair with fresh mortar or concrete caulk.
  • Inspect roofing material for cracks and loose or missing shingles and repair as necessary. If you have access to attic spaces, check underneath the roof for stains that indicate leaks, especially from “flashed” areas in roof valleys and around chimneys and vent stacks.
  • Inspect the operation of automatic light timers and motion-detector systems, especially if you plan a vacation.
  • Prune trees and shrubs so that branches do not come in contact with exterior siding.
  • Clean and repair cracks in concrete driveways using epoxy patching material. Repair asphalt driveways using asphalt patching material. Seal asphalt driveways every other year.
  • Inspect foundation walls for signs of termites –- tunnels or dirt bridges. If you suspect termites, contact a professional exterminator.

Houston July Weather Facts

 

indexWelcome to July! National Hot Dog and Ice Cream Month!

Temperatures in July average 94 degrees for the high and 75 degrees for the low.

Houston’s record high for July is 104 degrees set in 1954 and the record low is degrees 45 set in 1983.

The average humidity for Houston in July averages at about 85%.

You can expect an average of 4.63 inches of rain this month.

Fun Fact: The month of July was named after Julius Caesar.

June Home Maintenance Checklist

  • devon-inventories-exeterClean and seal decks. Ideally, you’ll need three consecutive warm, sunny days. On day one, dry out the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck on the second day and let it dry 24 hours. On the third day, apply deck sealer.
  • Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean chimneys. Doing this task now instead of the fall allows plenty of time for repairs before the next heating season. It’s also easier to schedule a sweep.
  • Wash the exterior of your house, using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Beware of the pressure washers – they are powerful enough to force water under the siding where it may encourage mildew and rot.
  • Caulk exterior joints around window and doors.
  • Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap.
  • Inspect and repair or repaint all patio and deck furniture.
  • Check operation of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents.

Houston June Weather Facts

 

junecalendarbannerWelcome to June! Maybe take your Father fishing month?

Temperatures in June average 91 degrees for the high and 74 degrees for the low.

Houston’s record high for June is 101 degrees set in 1998 and the record low is degrees 56 set in 1984.

The average humidity for Houston in June averages at about 75%.

You can expect an average of 6.8 inches of rain this month.

Fun Fact: The first attempt at a motion picture was made on June 15, 1878, to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves left the ground while it was running.

May Home Maintenance Checklist

  • devon-inventories-exeterClean gutters. Inspect gutters to ensure all spikes, straps and clips are tightly fastened. Use a garden hose to flush debris from downspouts. Make sure downspouts or splashbacks direct water at least three feet away from the foundation.
  • Wash windows, inside and out, using a solution made from three tablespoons of non-sudsy ammonia to 1 gallon of water. Don’t work in the direct sun – the solution will dry too fast and streak. To clean windows with real (not removable) grills, use a hacksaw to
    cut a squeegee so it fits the windowpanes exactly.
  • Have central air-conditioning unit checked according to the recommendations of the unit’s manufacturer. Replace the filter in the forced-air system. Clean debris from condenser or heat pump located outside.
  • Remove mineral deposits from faucet aerators and shower heads by soaking parts in
    white vinegar and scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
  • Have swimming pools cleaned. Inspect and service pool liners and filters.
  • Shop for seasonal sales on air-conditioning units and window fans.
  • Dust ceiling fan blades.
  • Set thermostats and automatic sprinkler system to adjust for weather changes
  • Before placing metal patio furniture outdoors, coat it with auto polish.