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From the Desk of Wade:

Keepin' It Cool: Your Austin-Style Summer Home Maintenance Guide

Ah, summertime in Austin, Texas—where the music's hot and the weather's hotter. But before you kick back with some tunes and a cold one, make sure your home is as ready to face the summer as you are. Here’s your local's guide to maintaining your home during our scorcher of a season.

Air Conditioning Maintenance

  • Tune Up Your AC: Nothing’s worse than a busted AC when you’re trying to escape the Austin heat. Get a pro to check out your system—clean those filters, check the freon, and make sure all those electrical bits are snug, so your unit runs smooth and your electric bill doesn’t run high.

 

  • De-Clutter Around Units: Keep the space around your AC clear. No weeds, no debris—nothing that messes with airflow. It’s like keeping the crowd away from the stage so everyone can enjoy the show.

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

  • Roof Check: Give your roof a good look-over. Any cracked tiles or shingles amiss? Fix ’em up before those unpredictable summer storms turn a small problem into a major leak.

 

  • Gutter Clean-Up: Clear out those gutters. Austin’s sudden downpours are no joke, and you don’t want blockages causing a flood where it shouldn’t.

Yard and Garden Care

  • Smart Lawn Care: Let that grass grow a bit longer to shield the soil from that intense sun. Water in the early morning or after sunset to make the most of that moisture.

 

  • Mulch It Up: Spread some mulch around your plants to keep the ground cool and moist, and keep those pesky weeds at bay.

Exterior Upkeep

  • Seal the Edges: Check your windows and doors for drafts and patch up any leaks to keep the cool in and the heat out.

 

  • Freshen Up the Paint: Maybe it’s time for a new coat of paint? It’s not just aesthetic—protect your home’s exterior from UV rays and moisture.

Pest Watch

Bug Patrol: Watch for critters like termites and ants that thrive in the heat. Regular checks or a call to your local pest control can save you a lot of hassle.

Plumbing and Water Systems

  • Irrigation Inspection: Make sure those sprinklers and irrigation lines are leak-free. Water’s precious here in Austin, especially during the dry spells.

 

  • Water Heater Flush: Clear out your water heater to keep it running efficiently. It’s one of those chores that pay off in the long run.

Inside your Home

  • Fight the Humidity: A dehumidifier can keep your indoor air comfortable and mold-free.

 

  • Ventilate: Make sure your attic and basement are breathing well to avoid heat buildup and moisture issues.

Be Prepared

  • Detector Check-Up: Always ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working as part of your seasonal maintenance. It’s an easy check that’s a real lifesaver.

  • Emergency Kit Ready: Stock up on essentials—bottled water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights, and a first-aid kit. You never know when you’ll need it.

There you have it, fellow Austinites. A little prep now means you can enjoy the summer without sweat—well, at least not over your home repairs. Stay cool and keep Austin weird, y’all!

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