Summer is right around the corner, but before the mercury rises, you’ll want to get your home ready. Why not take advantage of these cooler days, then, to tackle some home maintenance projects. These 4 pre-summer tasks should top your list, to ensure that you can have a comfortable, leisurely summer.
Prep Your Pool
Even when properly treated and covered at the end of the season, some pretty unpleasant things can happen to your pool during the winter months. That’s why it’s so important to properly prepare your pool for swimmers before the weather gets warmer. Many people hire professionals to perform pool maintenance since it involves a lot of chemicals.
During the post-winter cleaning, you’ll need to remove any leaves and debris that got under the cover, wipe off any mold that developed, vacuum the pool, and add a variety of chemicals to reach the proper pH. You’ll also likely need to add more water. It can take a few days to get your pool’s chemicals balanced, and after that it’s mostly just monitoring and waiting for the water to warm up.
Attend To Your Air Conditioner
No matter where you live, an air conditioner is increasingly likely to be a necessary, but if you live somewhere hot like Arizona, you’ll want to start getting your system ready early. That requires more than just opening the windows and turning on the air conditioner, though. To function properly, your air conditioner needs semi-annual servicing by a trained technician. They’ll clean the filters, check all of your connections, and ensure that you don’t have any coolant leaks so that you can enjoy your summer in comfort.
Get Ready To Grill
While you certainly can grill year-round – and some people do – most people get in the bulk of their grilling during the summer months. That’s why late spring is the perfect time to give your grill a thorough cleaning. For a gas grill, you need to clean the drip pans, as well as scrape any residue off the grates; you can speed that last part up by running the grill on high with the lid closed for half an hour, then cooling it before cleaning it will a grill brush. If you have a charcoal grill, the cleaning process is simpler. Just wipe off any residue and wash it inside and out with hot water and dish soap.
Wash Away Winter Grime
Finally, before you kick back with a cool, summery beverage, put the finishing touches on your home by power washing your porch, deck, walkways, and siding. Power washing is a quick way to give your home a face lift. You can even use your power washer to get caked on layers of grime off of your lawn furniture, and even off your kids’ outdoor toys like slides and ride-ons – though a hose is less likely to blow these smaller items away.
No one wants to be doing home maintenance in the summer heat or worrying about their air conditioner the day temperatures finally head up above 80, so now is the time to start getting ready. It may seem early to be thinking about summer just yet, but before you know it, warmer weather will be here and you’ll be glad you took the time to prepare.