Consumer business by Denisha Maxey
SUMMER has officially arrived and the heat is on! It has been extremely hot and humid lately. Without any relief in sight, it has been predicted that the temperature will continue to rise. Sunshine can be enjoyable; however, you have to keep your body hydrated and drink plenty of fluids.
My personal favorite way to cool off on a hot day is by jumping in the pool! The summer months can be full of fun but we must not forget to make our homes ready for the heat. We apply sunscreen and bug spray to protect our bodies during the summer and we also have to take steps to protect our homes.
There are many do-it-yourself projects but there are others it is best to leave to the professionals. Read on for some summer home-checkup items you can check off your list.
If you have a sprinkler system, check it now. Make sure no repairs or replacement sprinkler heads are needed. Set the system on an automatic cycle to keep your lawn properly hydrated. Nothing makes a lawn look worse than brown, dead grass!
If you do not have a sprinkler system, it is still important to make sure you water your lawn consistently. You also want to check your water hoses for any damage as you might need to replace them.
Summer is the perfect time to tidy up your garden and lawn. Keep your grass cut, apply new mulch in your yard and new soil to your garden. Do not leave out your backyard as it requires attention as well. If you have a deck or patio, you can power-wash the areas or buy cleaning products to give them a fresh look.
Turn your backyard area into the place to be. Examine your patio furniture for repairs or cleaning. Maybe you have been wanting to replace your old outdoor furniture; if so, now is the time.
Check out your grill. Does it need to be cleaned as well? During the summer, a lot of time is spent grilling, so put your equipment in tiptop shape.
Installing a tent or outside ceiling fans can help beat the heat. Either action will make your backyard the perfect space for entertaining. Do not forget citronella candles to fight off the mosquitoes!
If you have a pool, take time to clean it or have it professionally cleaned and treated, but the most important thing is getting a checkup for your air-conditioning unit. If you are not comfortable with cleaning its outside coils yourself, leave it to the experts for cleaning and maintenance.
You can find several reputable air-conditioning professionals and swimming-pool companies at BBBHouston.org.
Finally, summertime is filled with vacations, barbecue cooking and plenty of sunshine! All of those things are important but do not overlook the attention your home needs during these next heat filled months. Complete your summer home checkup and enjoy the sun – happy Fourth of July weekend!
Denisha Maxey is the manager responsible for the dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution team at Houston Better Business Bureau.