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Summer Home Maintenance

Jul 31, 2013

When summer is on the way, all we can think about is the beach and barbecues. But what about maintaining your property? Homes need different kinds of care as seasons change. Summer’s hot weather, for instance, can dry out your lawn and garden. Here are a few tips for taking care of a home during the warmest times of the year:

Decks need maintenance, too

Sipping lemonade and watching the sunset on your deck is a quintessential summer pastime. But it’s important to remember that decks must be maintained properly to ensure that they are safe. Untreated decks can easily catch fire, especially in dry areas. Keep your deck safe and in good condition by following these steps:
• Look for the signs of stress, and replace any cracking or rotting portions.
• Construct your deck with pressure treated wood, or you must seal the wood yourself.
• To protect your deck from damage and fire, apply a fire resistant water sealant.

Pool protection

A backyard pool is great, but it’s not always budget friendly.
Pool owners can reduce their power bill by 40 percent if they run their filter no more than four hours per day.
Monitor water quality, and run your filter no more than needed to keep your pool bacteria and algae free.
Invest in an energy efficient pump. Variable speed motor pumps can save you a lot of money on your electricity bill.

Chill out

When it’s extremely hot outside, air conditioning is a must. Unfortunately, this means bigger electricity bills. But there are ways to save money on power:
• Ceiling fans are the most energy-efficient way of circulating cool air.
• Check windows and doors for air leaks, and seal them with weather stripping if needed. This stops cool air from escaping.
• Don’t forget to take care of your air conditioner and …
• Keep the outdoor condenser unit clean.
• Clean or change the air filter at least once a month.
Follow these guidelines and your air conditioner will work well and satisfy your family’s needs in any kind of weather.

Eco-friendly electricity

Consider changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones, which burn cooler. These fluorescent bulbs last much longer than traditional light bulbs and will add less heat to the room that you definitely don’t need at summer time.

Feed your lawn

Everyone wants a luscious green lawn, but they’re tougher to maintain in the summer. Apart from ample watering, you can use fertilizers to make grass greener and thicker.
Lawns require steady, controlled feeding. Make sure the fertilizers you opt for are made of an even mixture of granule particles so that your lawn gets the proper mixture of nutrients.

Driveway inspection

Prepare your pavement and driveway for the season and check for cracks and holes that need to be treated. By doing so, you may avoid the need for major repairs in the future. Remove any intrusive weeds with weed spray. You can buy some at your local hardware store, or try boiling water in a kettle and pouring it on weeds to kill them.

It’s summer for bugs, too

With the beginning of the warm season, pests such as termites become more of a problem.
You can shield your home against these unwanted guests by getting rid of any dead wood that is touching the ground – an environment that termites thrive in.
Last but not least, don’t forget about home insurance. If you are planning any summer renovations, such as adding a pool, make sure your insurance company is aware of it, since it can influence your premium.

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