10 tips to make your home withstand summer
January 01, 2016
1. Cool down interiors
Close all the windows and shut any blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day. When the temperature starts to drop, open up the house again so it can cool down for the evening.
2. Prepare for storms
Get your home ready by checking for cracks, leaks, or deterioration in any caulking around windows and doors. Replace any worn caulk using an appropriate sealant with a caulk gun. Any small leaks in the roof can become big leaks when there is lots of water coming down.
3. Banish Bugs
Spray around windows, doors and the house foundations with a barrier insecticide and this should hopefully create a no go zone for bugs. Inside the house spray around doors, kitchen kickboards, under sinks and around windows. Fly screens on windows and doors let the breeze in and keep the pests out.
4. Rejuvenate windows
If your trims are looking a little tired it might be worth sprucing them up, it’s amazing the difference this small task can make. Sand back the old paint and wipe down.
5. Cull the frozen goods
If your fridge and freezer are groaning with Tupperware, now is the time to start using up all
the bits and pieces to make space for holiday entertaining. Don’t take chances with food that is past its best. When in doubt, throw it out!
6. BBQ preparation
Once a year you should to do a thorough clean on your BBQ to keep it in top condition. Disconnect the gas then lift everything out and clean the parts in warm soapy water. Let the BBQ heat for a while so it burns any soap residue off then you’re ready to get grilling.
7. Mulch garden beds
Keep moisture in the soil and weeds out by covering garden beds with a 70-100mm layer of mulch. Water in deeply so rain penetrates the mulch layer and gets into the soil.
8. Clean out gutters
You can save your house from ember attacks during bushfires. Get a sturdy ladder, bucket, work gloves and some rags to remove dirt build up in the bottom of gutters.
9. Grow a green lawn
Watering turf during times of limited rainfall and regular mowing helps keep your lawn growing strongly. The best time to irrigate is in the morning or late afternoon, this gives the grass time to soak up the moisture before it gets too hot.
10. Plant for flavor and colour
Parsley, chives, basil and mint are all essential and by growing your own you can just pick what you need and waste none. Add some colour with bright dahlias, gerberas and zinnias and plant gardenias, star jasmine and roses to fill the warm evening air with their floral perfume.