Summer brings with it, fun, relaxation, and excitement….both good and bad.
WIth summer and hot weather comes storms. Storms can cause a lot of havoc on our homes, lawns, gardens, and trees. Be sure that you assess the damage after any storm and here are some things to look for.
Anytime we experience high winds you should look for missing shingles, loose trim, such as fascia, and soffits. Take a look at any of your roofing vent systems to see that they are properly working such as whirly bird ventilators. Trees should also be looked at especially if there are branches on the ground. Look up into the tree to see if any branches have broken and are in jeopardy of falling. Sometimes, it can be hard to tell if a branch or limb is damaged right away, but if you wait a few days and see the leaves of one branch or limb are curling and dying, this is a good indication that it is damaged and needs to be pruned.
If you have experienced hail, you should look for signs of damage such as a lot of shingle aggregate at the bottom of your downspouts. Also look for dents and pings on siding, trim, and doors.
If you notice any of these signs of damage due to storms, it is advised that you get a professional or to take a look at it, or contact your homeowners insurance agent, and of course make sure that the storm has passed before venturing out to inspect and keep your personal safety in mind at all times.
July is here and so is the heat. It is really tough to be thinking about home maintenance when a cool beverage and a shady spot to sit are much more appealing.
Take advantage of the hot weather as a time to get wet.
Consider pressure washing your homes exterior. Pressure washing your homes exterior is something that should be considered as regular upkeep, especially if you have permanent siding. Giving your home a good pressure washing does a couple of things, first, it removes some of the accumulated oxidation that has built up over the past year or so, and gives your siding a freshly painted appearance. It also removes unwanted deposits from your friendly birds that may cause permanent spotting if not attended to. and lastly it gives you time to take a good close look at your exterior and notice any other repairs that may not be noticed with a casual glance.
A couple of words of caution when using a pressure washer on your siding; be careful not to spray up and under the siding, start at the top and work your way down, be careful not to spray directly into the openings around your doors and windows, this may cause damage to the weather stripping and cause leaks, and be sure not to get too close or get too aggressive, especially with wood or hardboard siding as you can really damage the surface. It is advisable to try in an inconspicuous spot first to be sure that you are able to get the results you are looking for.
If you do decide to use a cleaner, be sure to protect your plants as some of the cleaners can be a little harsh on your tender vegetation.
A little fun with the water can clean your house, keep you cool, and even water some of your lawn.