Focus on interior repairs and beat the heat

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (July 16, 2022) —Given the heat, it might be time to tackle some indoor projects this month.

Start by repairing any damaged drywall. This is a simple DIY job. Scrape away debris near holes and dents and fill with spackling compound. Larger holes may need a mesh or drywall patch. Sand and touchup paint as needed to complete the job.

It’s also a great time to inspect hardware such as door hinges, locks and handles. WD-40 often does the trick.

If your kitchen needs some TLC, start with a deep cleaning of all appliances – including vacuuming refrigerator coils (for the second time this year). Your freezer will run more efficiently and save on energy if it is properly defrosted. Begin by using a spatula to loosen the ice.

Take out all of the freezer compartments and allow them to come to room temperature before washing, so that they don’t crack. To speed up defrosting, place bowls of hot water inside. Finally, wipe the inside dry and let it run for an hour before returning the food.

Scott Denslow is the owner of Safe at Home Inspection Service. He is an InterNACHI and ASHI certified inspector who has 73+ five-star ratings on Yelp. ­Contact him at For more info visit

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