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Summer is typically a time when many of us do a little less in terms of chores and maintenance because, if we are lucky, the weather is better and we’d much rather be spending time outdoors with the family playing in the park or having fun at barbecues than working on our homes. There is nothing wrong with this, but there are some aspects of home care which are best done in the summer, and which could help to protect our homes all year long.
So, if you can, find time to take care of these summer home maintenance essentials and you will not regret it.
Essential Summer Home Care For Year-Round Protection
Cleaning The Decks
If you have decking, once the weather gets warmer, it will be much easier for you to spot any signs of damage and wear to the area that occurred in the cooler months because everything will be dried out and you’re likely to be out using it most. That’s why it’s the perfect time to get your power washer out, or hire one, and blast away and dirt and grime. Then, if necessary, you may need to sand and reseal (this is important if you want to prevent any further damage), or even replace parts of the decking, too. It’s important to take good care of decking because if you don’t it can rot away and very dangerous much more quickly than you might imagine.
Clean The Windows
Cleaning the outside of your property’s windows in the summer is really important because, throughout the rest of the year, up until this point, they have likely been battered with lots of wind, rain and dirt. If you don’t clean this off as the weather begins to hot up, it could end up getting baked on, which will make it even more difficult to clean them when you get around to it. Not only that but cleaning the windows could help to stop the seals wearing down, which will mean more efficient windows for you. Most areas have plenty of local window cleaning services available, so if you really don’t want to do this yourself, at least not the first time, which is usually the hardest, you have options. Just make sure you keep on top of them after that, even if only because you’ll have a better view of those wonderful summer sunsets.
Sweep the Gutters
Cleaning out the gutters is a summer home care staple because it is so very important. In the autumn, winter and spring, there are lots of leaves, seeds, petals, etc. being blown around and many of them will find their way into your gutters. If they are allowed to build up, they could become clogged and water will start to pool up and potentially cause flooding or the collapse of your guttering completely. When it gets really hot, heavy storms are not unusual, so it’s important to start the season off with as clean guttering as possible. Of course, you should make a point of cleaning your gutters at the start of every season if you want to really ensure that they are in good condition, so bear that in mind.
Check For Cracks And Holes
There tends to be an increase in the number of pests threatening our homes in the warmer months of the year. If you don’t want them to become your latest unwanted guests, then take some time to go around every room in your home, and the perimeter outside, looking for any cracks or holes that they could easily get into. Or call in a local builder who can seal them up and make your place pest-proof, or use something like Mouse Mesh to keep them out. If there are signs that pests have already infiltrated your home, then, unfortunately, you may need to call an exterminator in to eliminate the problem.
Get Up On The Roof
Although you can check your roof for damage at any time of the year, it’s often a good idea to do so in the summer (unless you suspect is a problem, in which case you should check it out immediately) because the clement weather makes it much safer to do so – when it’s windy and wet, you’re far to slip or be blown over causing yourself an injury. When you’re up there check for loose or missing tiles, holes and cracks and have them replaced as soon as possible because doing so is likely to save you money in the long-term by preventing bigger problems such as flooding or a whole roof replacement.
Change Your Air Filter
If any of your family suffer from allergies and you have an air purifier, you are definitely going to want to change the filter as summer hits because a lot of allergens will be floating around in the air and they can make life pretty difficult. This is especially important if you haven’t switched your air purifier for a while. If you are living in a home that has air conditioning, cleaning out the ducts is important for the very same reason.
Give It A Lick Of Paint
Again, you don’t have to paint your home in the summer, but if the place looks like it could do with a little freshening up, doing it in the summer would be a smart move because when the weather is good, it’ll be far easier for you to air out the place and get the paint dry quicker. Paint may look amazing, but it certainly doesn’t smell great and it can cause problems for people with various conditions, so being able to leave all of the doors and windows open is a real boon.
Check Your Heating System
You might not need to use your heating system in the summer months, but you should at least check that it is working as it should because the fact that you don’t need to use it means that now is the best time replace old radiators and fires that may not be as good as they once were. I mean, the last thing you want is to get to winter when you do need them, only for them to give up the ghost on you now, is it?
Defrost The Freezer
Defrosting the freezer in summer makes sense because you’re going to want to make more room for lots of ice creams, lollies, deliciously refreshing sorbets and barbecue delicacies (well it is the season), and doing so will ensure that your freezer doesn’t work too hard and end up overheating and breaking down when you least expect it. Oh and giving it a good clean while you have the chance wouldn’t hurt either.
Deadhead Your Flowers
If you love your garden and you want it to look as amazing next year as it does right now, it’s essential that you spend some time removing spent flowers, so that your plants can put all of their efforts into flowering again when the time is right. It might take you a little time to do this, but it will be worth it when your flowers come back bigger, brighter and better next time.
Keep Those Veggies Clean
No, I’m not talking about washing your summer salads before you eat them (although you should certainly do that). I’m talking about picking your fruiting plants such as beans and tomatoes so that they are clean, and keeping on top of it so they stay that way. Why? Because if you do this, they will produce more for you now and live to last another season – something that they may not do if you allow them to get too mature by not picking them nearly often enough.
A lot of people think that if they pick and treat the weeds in the spring, they don’t need to think about them again until next year, but that is simply not the case. Although, if you have been diligent about clearing the weeds ahead of the summer, they are likely to be fewer and less troublesome, they will not have vanished completely. So, you may not need to spend quite as much time weeding, but you will need to weed.
I’m sure this doesn’t need saying, but I’ll say it anyway; in the summer, you need to be very good at watering your plants/lawn on a regular basis if you want them to stay alive and as lush as you know they can be. If it’s hot and dry, your garden will need an inch of water every week. If it’s wet though, you will need to think more about proper irrigation than watering.
This might seem like a lot of work to fit into your summer when you’d rather be relaxing and soaking up the sun, but actually, most of these maintenance essentials do not take up that much time, and some can even be carried out by professionals, so do try to fit them in because your home and your house will benefit now and in the future if you do.
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