The solstice is upon us, which means that summer has officially begun. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your home prepped for warmer temperatures to ensure that nothing goes wrong and you don’t end up sweltering in the summer heat. Thankfully, most of the preparation is simple and easily done.
Steve Lewis, president of Plumbing by Jake, says, “Taking the time in late spring or early summer to prepare your home for the coming months can avoid costly repairs that can ruin your summer plans.”
Read on for things that you should do to get your home summer-ready.
Do Preventive Maintenance
The last thing you want when the heat cranks up is to turn on your air conditioner and find that it’s blowing hot air. While preventative maintenance might seem like a chore, it can help prevent some costly issues from interfering with vacation plans. Now is the time to inspect the following:
- Air conditioning unit(s)
- Outdoor grills/fire pits
- Hot water heater
- Lawn equipment
Barricade Against Bugs
Nothing brings out the bugs like summer. Insects tend to spend the colder winter months hibernating, usually in the walls, attics, and basements of homes. If you don’t have a landlord to do pest control, you can keep the bugs at bay yourself. First, make sure that your home is properly sealed. Check caulking around windows and doors. Next, check the weather stripping. Spray your outdoor perimeter with a pesticide and be sure to get your baseboards, sinks, windows, and doors.
Inspect Outdoor Plumbing
Check your outdoor spigots to ensure your outdoor plumbing survived the winter intact. Remove insulators if you’ve used them and turn on the water, says Trusty Joe. If the water doesn’t flow like it should, it’s time to call in a plumber. If you have an in-ground irrigation system, follow the maintenance guidelines or call in a professional.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Winter can be rough on your gutters and downspouts and summer is the best time to check them out and clean them. Damage can lead to significant issues, like allowing water in your basement or crawl space. It can also damage the wood around the gutters. Call in a professional if you’re not comfortable doing it on your own. Make sure that the water from the downspouts flows away from your home to prevent it from damaging the foundation.
Stock Up on Summer Essentials
Now is the time to make sure you are prepared for the inevitable summer needs that come with the season. Stock your medicine cabinet with sunblock, bug repellent, aloe, band-aids, and other essentials. Make sure your linen closet is stocked with fluffy towels and blankets for swimming and picnics. You might also want to stock up on summer sporting equipment and cookout essentials, too.
Getting an early start on these essential tasks can ensure that you spend your summer relaxing.