Summer Safety: 4 Seasonal Problems To Nip In The Bud

The sunny rays of summer finally shining through the winter clouds should be a signal to all homeowners to take precautionary measures for the upcoming warm months. Many seasonal problems at the home can be avoided by taking smart precautionary actions before the heat sets in. Today, we’re going to go over some of the best summer precautionary tips to ensure every home is ready to take on the grueling heat of the summer months. Let’s get started below.

Pest Proof the Entire Home

With the warm breeze of summer comes pesky house ants, bed bugs, stink bugs, and other pests that can ruin the delightful tone of a home. Homeowners should contact their local pest control center to have their property prepared for the summer months.

These companies will provide a home inspection, treat problem areas, and work with the homeowner to institute preventative measures to keep pests out. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping pests out of the home. It’s easy to find a professional, but be sure to find the best one for you. Search something like “pest control Utah County” or “pest spray Orange County” and find reviews so you can make an informed decision.

Prevent Weeds in the Lawn

While dandelions and crabgrass may signify to many the onset of the summer months, no one wants to worry about these ugly weeds overtaking their lusciously green lawn. These weeds grow fast. As soon as one first pops up out of the ground, it’s a no-brainer that there will be much more to follow.

Applying pre-emergent crabgrass control and other herbicides, as necessary, is a great way to protect the lawn from harmful weeds in the summer months. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn is another great practice you should utilize to ensure that seeds from neighboring weeds have a hard time germinating on the surface of your lawn.

Get an Air Conditioning Checkup

Now that winter is slowly fading away and summer is taking hold, getting a home’s air conditioning system checked out is imperative. Any HVAC provider will be able to change the central air filter and inspect the overall system for any potential issues that could arise in the future months.

Over time a home’s air ducts can start to deteriorate causing leaks. This results in an air conditioner working much harder to provide cool air and can increase energy costs for the homeowner. In addition, refrigerant leaks are another common problem that can result in an air conditioning system working below its normal output. Simply replacing the refrigerant is not an option until the leak is found. You can typically prevent these problems by having a certified inspection from a local HVAC provider.

Prevent Against Water Damage

The summer months typically bring along a slew of heavy thunderstorms that can drop a large amount of rain in a short amount of time. Flash flooding is a very common problem in the summertime and protecting a home from possible flooding instances is a must.

A homeowner should start by assessing their foundation and basement for any visible cracks or leaks. Building up the dirt outside of the foundation and installing grates can help to divert water away from the foundation.

Gutters are next on the list. A homeowner should be looking for any cracks or low areas that could pool water, which could lead to a major leak. Cleaning out the gutters is also a necessity to avoid future leakage. Ensure all downspouts are pointed away from the home.

Summer seasonal problems are something that all homeowners share. Failure to implement proper precautionary measures for a home could result in a chaotic and expensive incident. By following these safety tips listed above you can be better prepared to keep these problems at bay in the coming months.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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