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It’s summer in North Texas, and that can mean extra stress on the systems of your home. There are lots of things to look out for around the house during the summer, and a little home maintenance can help you save time, effort, and money.
Here are few examples of things to look out for this summer:
In the first picture you can see a Pool Filter Pressure Gauge registering a pressure of 18 pounds. You want that below 15 pounds.
The second picture shows the dirty pool filter. Once that filter was cleaned, the pressure went right back down. If you have a pool at home, make sure you clean the filter regularly.
In this shot, you can see where the A/C refrigerant lines are resting on an air duct, restricting the airflow, and possibly damaging the duct as well.
Blocked air ducts are one of the major reasons your AC might not be working efficiently. If you’re having trouble keeping your home cool, take a look at the ductwork to make sure they’re not blocked, broken, or turned too sharply.
This might have been a scary surprise for a new homeowner.
It’s high season for stinging insects, and many of them like to build their nests around our homes. Bees sometimes build their hives inside walls, which make good, protected spots for building combs. Removal can be tricky because a pest control expert may have to cut into the wall.
Sprinkler systems are expensive equipment that needs to be maintained and check to continue working properly. You’d be amazed how many homeowners never check to see if they have missing or leaking heads, heads pointed at pavement, heads that don’t work at all.
Don’t waste water using a malfunctioning sprinkler system this summer!