Get your house ready for summer

Now that the temperature is rising, there are certain things you can do to make sure that your house is prepared for the change of season.

The weather changes dramatically in summer. In some parts of the country, this means more rainfall, thunderstorms and sometimes, even hailstorms. You may not have considered it, but this affects your security.

 

Security

Trees, bushes and shrubs grow much faster during the summer months and need trimming more often. Make sure that the shrubbery outside your driveway is not able to conceal anyone hiding.

Shrubbery often touches electric fences causing them to malfunction. Instead of turning off your fence, make sure that any overhanging branches are trimmed.

 

Roof maintenance

You don’t want to be stuck with pots and pans catching leaks once the rainfalls begin. It is advisable to do maintenance on your roof before the rain comes to make sure you have no leaks. Maintenance on your house should also include any indoor damp proofing.

 

Power surges

Often with rain and thunderstorms comes lightning. It’s a great inconvenience to have to fix or replace your laptop, modem or even television because of it being struck by lightning.

It’s highly recommended that you put surge and lightning protectors on all your electrical gadgets and plugs, but if you’re home, it’s a good idea to unplug these devices anyway.

 

Hail safety

Gutters should be kept clean and free of debris to channel ice and water away from the roof. Outdoor equipment and furniture should be moved undercover if possible when a heavy hail storm is forecast.  Also don’t forget to make sure that your downpipes feed the water away from your house. Check the drainage outlets and clear them from any dry leaves and other debris.

 

More tips:

  • Rodents and vermin often increase during the summer months. Call in a pest control to safeguard your home against rats, cockroaches.
  • Clean your refrigerator’s condensing coils to keep it running smoothly. Unplug the fridge, and remove the base plate or top grate. Use a vacuum cleaner with the nozzle attachment to remove any dirt and lint.
  • Consider turning your geyser lower as this won’t only save electricity but money too.
  • Wooden window frames, doors and doorframes should be sanded down and resealed or oiled if needed.
  • Make sure that all outdoor lighting and plug sockets are in a good condition.

• Information courtesy of Budget Insurance.

  AUTHOR
Caxton local media

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