Prepare your home – and barbecue – for summer

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 25, 2022) — With summer on the way, it’s time to get your home ready for the warmest season of the year.

Start by cleaning the grill before the first backyard barbecue. Spray degreaser onto the metal grate and let sit 5-10 minutes. Then use a wire brush to scrub. When you see bare metal, your grill is clean. Finally, let the grill “cook” on high with the lid closed 20-30 minutes to burn off any remaining residue.

This is also a great time to change the setting on ceiling fans to counterclockwise to push the air down. Then remember to set them back in October.

To prepare for the extreme heat of July and August, check weatherstripping around windows and doors and cover any windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

With the rains away for months, it’s the perfect season for exterior projects. New roof? Landscaping? Other major repairs? You should be in the clear for a few months of dry weather.

I’m looking forward to barbecues and backyard parties all summer. It sure was great seeing so many of you at the last couple of concerts.

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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