3 minutes reading time (607 words)

Home Maintenance Tips


It’s finally starting to feel like spring. As the weather is warming, we are getting excited for barbeques, pool days, and trips to the beach. The warm spring and summer months are also a great time of year to catch up on some home maintenance.

Here at SERCAP, structurally-sound housing is very important to us, as it is one of our three main services. We want everyone to have a healthy home for all seasons. Here is a list of home projects to help get your home ready for summer.


Whether you are watering your garden or filling up a pool for the kids, a hose is a summer staple. If you didn’t already know, water is very important to us here at SERCAP, and we do not like to see it go to waste. When using your hose, make sure to check it for leaks. This will not only save water but will save you money. One way to extend the life of your hose is to turn the water off at the hose bib spigot and not rely on a hose nozzle, wand, or sprayer on/off valve. The nozzle valves often leak and making a habit of turning off the spigot will relieve the water pressure from the hose.

Smoke detectors

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the test button on the device. It is also important to check the manufacture date. If it’s over 10 years old, it is time to replace it. You should also replace the batteries at least once each year.

It is also important to make sure you have a working fire extinguisher on hand. Be sure to place it somewhere where everyone is able to access it. According to the National Fire Protection Association, summer is the peak season for grilling fires.


Termites begin to swarm as the weather warms up, usually in the beginning of spring. Despite their tiny size, termites can cause serious damage to your home. Some warning signs include hollow wood, a temporary swarm of winged insects, and cracked or bubbling paint. If you suspect you have an infestation, get in touch with a professional as soon as you can.


With the winter storms behind us, now is a great time to take a look at your roof and gutter system. Start by examining your roof from the ground - is there any noticeable damage? Do the gutters look secure to the eaves? How about the downspouts? If you need a closer look, grab a ladder and climb up onto the roof, only if it is safe to do so. If any repairs are needed, the next step would be to call a professional.

Air conditioner

What do we do when the temperature rises? Turn on the air conditioning! Beat the heat by scheduling an inspection with a professional before the hot summer months begin. You should also replace the air filters in your home every few months to ensure that your air system is running efficiently. The exact frequency depends on factors such as the number of pets and people with allergies in your home.

If you need a little extra cool air in your home, here’s a tip: reverse your ceiling fans so they rotate counter-clockwise. This will create a cool, downward airflow and leave your home feeling refreshing.

As the weather warms, we encourage you to set aside some time to consider the parts of your home that may require attention and maintenance. Having a home that is summer-ready will give you peace of mind all summer long.


Meet Russ Rice
Meet Ricky Crews


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Friday, 27 November 2020

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to http://southeastrcap.org/

Search Blog

Latest Blogs

05 November 2020
Currently, SERCAP is partnering with two school districts in Virginia, Westmoreland and Tazewell Counties, to pilot the Agua4All Program in the Commonwealth. Agua4All first launched in California in 2014 to address a critical need in local schools an...
29 October 2020
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income family of four (4) in Russell County, VA, to install a new water meter and service-line at their home. The clients have been living in their home for 20 years, and recent...
23 October 2020
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department was approved as one of the intermediaries to deliver the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Lead Hazard Reduction Program. The Lead Hazard Reduction Program provides eligible hous...
16 October 2020
Currently, SERCAP’s Regional Department is assisting Richmond Cold Storage (RCS), a non-community water system, in Smithfield, VA, with the completion and submission of the system’s Groundwater Withdrawal Permit Renewal Application. RCS, a Non-Transi...
09 October 2020
Community Development
Recently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Grant Program assisted The Town of Pamplin City, a small incorporated community straddling both Appomattox and Prince Edward Counties, with funds for an improvement to their Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)....