Get your home in shape for summer

May 11, 2018
Get your home in shape for summer

The air of spring! This is the season when you can give your furnace a much-needed break.  Homeowners will need to make a summer checklist that includes much-needed repairs from the pool to the gutters, so that the warmer months will be a breeze.


It’s time to pull back the cover on your pool. You will need to inspect your cover, first. You’ll need to check if there is standing water on your pool cover. If so, do not attempt to move the cover as the water and debris could slip into your pool. If the water on your cover does dump into your pool, you will have to drain your pool. The best way to get rid of standing water is to pump it out with a cover pump.

Once you have safely removed the winter cover from your pool, you will need to test the pool’s chemical balance. It is best to call in a professional to obtain a water sample from as deep in your pool as possible to get an accurate reading.

Once you have taken the necessary steps to make sure your pool is operable, you will need to make another checklist: pool safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is among the top 10 leading causes of death. As a result, you should make your small kids wear a wrist alarm. It looks like a watch, but it sounds when it gets wet. Otherwise, take time to invest in swimming lessons to prevent accidents. Plus, swimming is fun and great exercise.


The easiest way to check your gutter’s performance is to wait for a rainy day. You will need to check if the water is properly emptying from the downspouts. If water is overflowing at the edges of the gutters, it’s a strong sign that debris clogging the gutters or downspouts.

Most debris can be scooped out by hand or removed by a leaf blower. You could also flush the gutters with a garden hose to remove small particles and twigs. Use a plumber’s snake to clear stubborn clogs. Most importantly, if you are using a ladder, be sure to take safety precautions.


Your trees are an excellent reason for you to spend some time outdoors and give them a good visual inspection. You should check for fungus and rot. If a tree also has structural problems, such as split branches, there is a good chance that disease has taken hold. Lack of leaves, soft spots, and open wounds are all signs of trouble. If you notice any of these signs, you should call in an expert.

When it comes to your lawn, fortunately, you can let the sun and soil do the work for you during the spring. If you prepared your lawn over the fall season, now is the time you reap the benefits of your fall handiwork.

Summer is a time for warm memories and family fun. Take some time to make sure your home is ready for your own peace of mind.

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