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The seasons seem to be taking their time to change this year, with Winter clinging to the mountain towns and Spring lingering into Summer. However, now is the perfect time to plan for the often intense and dry heat of a Colorado Summer.

Over the years we’ve noticed that some very basic maintenance can go a long way to preserving your home and making you more comfortable, these include:

Interior:

  • Clean kitchen and bathroom drains. Try one of these 5 DIY drain cleaner recipes to keep buildup to a minimum.
  • Test your attic fan, a/c unit, central air unit, or evaporative cooler (swamp cooler).
    Note: If you reside at an Atlas managed property and your unit is not functioning properly please contact us so that we may service the unit.
  • Dust all ceiling fans and ensure they are working properly. Regular cleaning ensures better indoor air quality.
  • Clean shower heads. Maintain a good flow using this simple DIY cleaning routine.
  • Wash all of the baseboards throughout your home. Wash away dirt, dust and grime by giving them a once over with a damp cloth.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test your detectors every month.
  • Clean your dryer vent. While keeping the lint trap clean is a priority, some lint will inevitably make its way into the vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the amount of time it has to run and prevent potential home fires, which are often caused by clogged vents.
  • Clean or replace your furnace filter. This will this provide cleaner air throughout your home and reduce the cost of your utility bill.

Exterior:

  • Clean your grill in time for your next BBQ.
    • Charcoal grills: Empty the grill and wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush or sponge to clean both the outside and inside of the grill. Be sure to let your grill dry off before using it next.
    • Gas grills: Close the lid, turn the heat up high, and let the grill cook for about half an hour. Let the grill cool. Use a grill brush to sweep the grill. Wipe down the outside with a sponge and cleaner. Then clean out all of the drip trays.
  • Wash down your porch and patios. You should sweep the exterior areas thoroughly, then wash with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.
  • Wash your windows. Get a perfect view of the sunny skies by cleaning the interior and exterior.
  • Maintain the lawn and shrubbery. Remove leaves and debris that may have collected over winter. Mow your lawn regularly and keep the grass below 3” at all times.
  • Check for outdoor leaks. Hunt for leaks by checking all outdoor faucets. Then look at your hose. You can waste a lot of water if there’s even a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.
  • Inspect the gutters. Remove leaves and debris from the gutters to assure water can properly flow off your roof and away from the homes foundation.
  • Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home. You can keep ants and bugs at bay in the kitchen by adding fresh caulking to your windows and doors.
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