Summer is approaching and as much as you, yourself, may be prepared, your house may not. Here are some things you’ll want to concentrate on as we approach the summer months.
As the heat continues to climb to higher temperatures, and the humidity rises, thunderstorms are increasingly likely. With thunderstorms, comes wind and flying debris. What better place for this debris to land, and find a new, cozy home than in your gutters? While this may seem like a nice home from the perspective of Mother Nature, for you, this living situation is not as desirable. On top of causing clogs in your homes gutters from these branches, leaves, and other particles that fly around when the storm winds pick up, flooding is also very likely. This flooding can eventually leak into the inside of your home. Here are some preventative guidelines to help protect your house:
- Avoid leaf, debris and animal buildup in gutters
- Clean not only gutters, but downspout regularly
- Make sure to consistently keep gutters flowing by getting them checked
- Guards installed on your gutter system helps to keep debris out once cleaned
- Don’t forget that gutters with too much weight can collapse, and may cause roof damage
Inspecting your roof prior to summer heat, and the storms that come with it, is also a good idea. Make sure to look for any broken, or missing shingles. Be on the lookout for stray shingles on the ground, as this is the most obvious way to indicate if your roof needs some work in between seasons. If you have large trees close to your house, make sure to trim some of the longer branches, specifically those that hang over your house. These branches are more susceptible to breakage during storms.
This increasing heat as we approach the months of July and August, can also serve to cause you discomfort inside your house, even if you have air conditioning. Here are some simple things to check to insure optimal use of your cooling systems this summer:
- Change your ceiling fan direction – ceiling fans should blow air down so you can directly feel the breeze (also helps room to feel cooler)
- Clean dryer vent – clogged dryer vents can cause warm air to blow back into the washer and dryer room, which could eventually serve to make the whole house warmer (backed up dryer vents can also cause fires)
- Florescent compact light bulbs may be a good substitute as they give off less heat.
- Consider adding fans to your attic space, as this is the hottest part of your house, and can eventually serve to warm up the rest of the house.
House gatherings, and BBQ’s with friends and family are most likely on your list of fun summer activities for this season. One of the most important things that every host makes sure to check off their to-do list before their guests arrive is cleaning up, and making the yard and/or home visually appealing. Here are a few tips to help your yard reach its full potential and protect it against the heat:
- Prepare your soil and lawn during the spring (fertilize, aerate, remove weeds, water)
- A fence can be helpful to prevent against neighborhood pets and outside factors that could damage lawn and property.
- Building a path for your own guests can be helpful to prevent trampling of your grass.
- Update your patio (a few new pieces can make for a whole new look)
- Add cooling systems (fan, mister, areas of shade)
- Clean gutters (If the rest of your yard is in mint condition and you’ve paid no attention to your gutters, your guests will notice.)
Maybe you have big plans this summer to rush to the airport before the sun has come up, and take that big vacation you’ve been planning and saving for since before last summer. The last thing you want to be worried about when you’re on the beach relaxing,is the maintenance and/or possible problems with the house you left behind. Make sure to cover all the basics before your trip as to have a mind fully at ease.