10 easy home maintenance projects every homeowner should do this summer Posted in General, Home Summer is just around the corner! There’s a seemingly unending amount of fun summer activities to keep Midwesterners busy during the season, but between spending time relaxing with friends and family, taking your summer vehicles out for a spin and enjoying the great outdoors, homeowners should also take some time to give some TLC to their property to minimize the risk of damage or injuries. Doing some simple home maintenance projects during the summer months can help improve the safety of your home, keeping you and your loved ones as safe as possible. To help make sure your property is safe, here are 10 easy maintenance projects to keep your home in great shape: Check your basement for cracks in the foundation, leaks and seepage Look for and fill any cracks in your driveway or concrete patio Check your deck for rotted wood, cracked and raised boards, missing screws and overall structural integrity. You should also check to see if it needs to be re-stained or resealed to extend its life Grab a ladder and check for any loose or leaky gutters. While you’re up there, make sure the gutters are clear of any leaves or debris Look for any trees in your yard that have exposed roots that could cause trips and falls. Cover exposed roots with a mulch bed around the base of your tree to smooth everything out Check your wooden patio furniture that may be weathered and give it a good sanding to avoid causing any splinters or nasty cuts If you have an in-ground fire pit, add some decorative stones or other landscaping around it to avoid causing tripping Make sure your air conditioning system is working properly by giving it a good cleaning. Don’t know where to start? Check out DIY Network’s easy guide to cleaning your air conditioning unit Inspect and clean your dryer vent. Each year, thousands of avoidable house fires are caused by dryer vents that get clogged with lint. Give your external dryer vent a good cleaning. This simple video will even walk you through the process! Check to see that your dehumidifier is working properly, and double (or even triple) check to make sure that it isn’t on the recall list (and if it is on the recall list, replace it immediately!) One last tip: if you’re doing any project that requires digging in your yard, always call the experts who can help you locate underground facilities (electric, gas, etc…). No matter what state you live in, just dial 811 for Diggers Hotline, Gopher State One Call or Iowa One Call. Which of these projects are you going to tackle this weekend? Let us know in the comments! Share via: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Google + Related resources Fire prevention and safety tips Posted in General, Home Two minutes. That's the amount of time fire experts say that you have to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. Do you have an escape plan? Get tips on how to keep you and your loved one safe. Understanding homeowners coverage before a claim Posted in Home While your homeowners insurance policy likely covers your home from all direct physical loss, your personal property is generally only protected from specific perils listed in your policy. With winter comes the added risk of weather-related damage and losses — many of which are avoidable when you take the precautions included in this article.