Repairs and Fixes to Expect in the Summer

Repairs and Fixes to Expect in the Summer
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    Summer can bring to light some home issues that may have occurred over the winter and just weren't convenient to fix during the colder months.

    Don't panic!

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You can easily fix these minor issues by yourself and have your home in tip top shape in no time.

Dry Out the Basement

If you live in an area with particularly rainy winters, your basement or crawlspace may have flooded over the season. Now that the weather is warm, this is prime time to dry it out. Letting the area stay moist will attract mold and dry rot so consult a professional on the best ways to dry it out. If your basement floods chronically, now’s a great time to install a sump pump.

Install a Lightning Rod

Live in an area that’s prone to electrical thunderstorms? Invest wisely in a lightning rod to prevent fires and other electrical damage. The rod will sit at the highest point of your house and run into the ground to conduct the electricity into the ground instead of the building. Consult an electrician to see if this is a good fit for your home.

Give Your Roof Some Attention

Winter can be rough on your roof, and there’s no better time to repair things than summertime. If your roof is flat with a parapet, do a thorough check up of the flashing that seals the joints between the parapet and the roof as gapping here will lead to leaks.

Remove Algae Stains from Your Roof

Yes, your roof can get algae. If your roof has some black discoloration, chances are it’s a “pervasive and prevalent algae known as Gloecapsa Magma”. No matter how bad the staining, don’t use a high pressure wash system to remove it. Instead, make a solution of one cup trisodium phosphate, one gallon of bleach, and five gallons of water. Let it sit for twenty minutes before applying it to your roof (it’s better to apply on a cloudy day). Protect any plants beneath you that may be under the run-off.

Reset Your Sprinkler System

Usually sprinkler systems need a reset after they’ve been dormant throughout the winter. Systems that aren’t calibrated waste water with over-spray, leading to expensive water bills and an under-watered lawn. You can pay for an irrigation audit or if you live in a western community, you can often get one for free from your utility company.

Cleaning out your Drains

Through the summer months, you are going to spending a lot more time outside. That means that you are going to be bringing a lot more debris inside. Especially in families, you will see that drains with poor plumbing will begin to be backed up by all of the excess dirt and grime falling down the pipes. According to Advanced Plumbing Drains & Heating of Toronto, every drain will be different and requires different techniques to clear out. A sink backed up by grease from grilling frequently will be different from a shower drain plugged by dirt, sand, and hair.
Winter always brings about some sort of benign neglect to your home. This year, don’t let the dreary, cold months continue to affect your home once the sun has made its reappearance.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.