Blog Simple Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Season Ahead July 19, 2016February 1, 2017Jeremy KelseyFeatured Articles, Gutter Maintenance, Home & Garden Summer’s in full swing and it’s time for barbecues, outdoor dining, fresh flowers, green lawns and beach trips. The days may be hot but you’ve got long hours in the sunshine and can enjoy outdoor activities again. Summer is also perfect for getting a few things done around the house that will help improve your home and keep it in great shape for the rest of the year. There are several home improvement and home maintenance tasks that you can do in the summer to get ready for the fall. These will also help you avoid problems commonly experienced in the autumn, such as extensive gutter cleaning that comes with falling leaves and changing weather. Clean Out Dryer Vents Dryers can cause fires if vents become clogged with dust and lint. In fact, as many as 16,000 dryer fires occur annually, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Avoid house fires and damage to your property with just a few preventive steps. In addition to cleaning out the lint vent after each load, you can also clean out the housing with a vent-cleaning brush kit once a month. After you have cleaned out the dryer lint trap, disconnect the dryer duct from the dryer and the wall. Clean with a brush. Also clean the vent on the outside of the house. Backyard & Pool Maintenance If you have a pool, it is important to keep it clean both for hygiene and to extend the lifespan of the pool. Backyard and pool maintenance also prevents the formation of algae, mold and mosquito breeding grounds, and the accumulation of debris in the water and surrounding areas. Clean Your Gutters & Add Gutter Guards The gutters of your home can fill up with debris over the winter and even in the spring with heavy rains. This can lead to water damage in your home if left unaddressed. Knowing how much to clean gutters does require some skill and practice. When gutters are well-maintained, they do a terrific job of regulating water flow from the roof down through the gutters to the ground. If, however, they get clogged with debris, plant matter, dust and other materials, gutters stop functioning. Water can pool around the foundation of the house, leading to structural damage and costly repairs. Use gutter guards to keep your gutters clean and also proactively prevent clogs and ice accumulation in the future. Enjoy peace of mind this fall when you install Gutter Helmet® gutter protection made of high-quality durable aluminum and reinforced with horizontal stiffening ribs. Gutter Helmet also comes with a Triple Lifetime Warranty. Call Gutter Helmet at (800) 824-3772 now to discuss your gutter cleaning and protection needs. We’ll provide a free in-home consultation with your nearest Gutter Helmet dealer.