Still Time for Summer Homeowner Projects

Summer is in full effect in Northern Virginia. While we all would love to spend the summer relaxing by the pool, some projects should not be ignored. Northern Virginia Real Estate company Pasquali Realty Group suggests the following tips for homeowners to consider during the summer warmth.

Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather-tight and lowers heating and cooling bills. It can also help keep insects and other “critters” out of your house.

Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap. Because lint is very flammable it poses a fire risk. If a gas clothes dryer is not properly vented, it can force carbon monoxide back into the home and that can be deadly.

Repair cracks in concrete patios and driveways. For cracks less than 1/4″ wide, apply concrete caulk; just clean the crack out with a high-pressure hose nozzle, let it dry and then apply the caulk into the crack. For larger cracks, substitute concrete patch for caulk.

Wash the exterior of your house, using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Beware of pressure washers — they are powerful enough to force water under the siding where it can encourage mildew and rot.

Clean and seal your porch or deck. 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.



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Truman Lewis
A former reporter and bureau chief, Truman Lewis has covered presidential campaigns, state politics and stories ranging from organized crime to environmental and consumer protection.