Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes incredibly warm temperatures (especially for those of us in the South), plentiful sunshine with an occasional afternoon thunderstorm, cookouts with friends on patios and decks, oh – and a gamut of bugs that always seem to know exactly when you’re enjoying a delicious hamburger or hotdog! We want you to be ready for all of these seasonal happenings, so follow this list of Georgia summer home maintenance tips to get your home in shape for the summer!
Georgia Summer Home Maintenance Tips:
Air Conditioner Inspection
Hopefully this doesn’t come as a shock as being number one on our list, but you’d be surprised how often this gets overlooked! It’s the last thing you want to break when it’s 100 degrees outside and 100% humidity! Have your local air conditioning company come out to do an inspection. While it’s a fee upfront (sometimes), it sure beats having to replace the entire unit!
Mosquito and Bug Control
There are two ways to go about this. We recommend sitting in your outdoor entertaining space for about ten minutes one evening to see what kind of bug action you’re getting. You can then determine if big repellant candles and torches will do the trick or if you need to hire a service. Bug control companies usually provide quarterly service and can treat the inside and outside of your home.
Inspect and Clean Your Deck, Patio or Porch
-Thoroughly sweep painted porch floors and then mop them with an all-purpose cleaner.
-Look over your deck for signs of rotting, and hammer in any nails that are poking up. Then, determine if your deck needs sealing by sprinkling water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you’re in good shape. If it soaks right in, it’s time to reseal!
-Powerwash your patio to get the muck and grime off from the winter. Chances are, it will look brand new when you’re done!
Plan a Watering Schedule
While the “sunshiney” days are some of our favorites, summer can bring periods of drought. Train your garden to endure dry days by watering deeply a couple times a week instead of watering lightly daily. This style of watering will promote the growth of deep, strong roots.
As you begin planting your summer favorites, make sure that mulch is on your shopping list. It’s an inexpensive way to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. It also makes everything look pretty!
Clean Your Grill
-For gas grills, turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow the grill to cool, brush it off with a grill brush and wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser.
-For charcoal grills, completely empty the grill and wipe out any ashy residue. Then clean it inside and out with hot water, a scrubby sponge and some liquid soap.
We hope you found these Georgia summer home maintenance tips helpful and we wish you many wonderful summer days and nights spending time with those you love…and catching a lightening bug or two!
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