Every home needs routine care and now is the perfect time for summer maintenance. The harshness of winter has faded, which may have put a strain on decks, patios, plumbing, and other features. From cleaning and paving to deck waterproofing, a little effort can keep your house in top shape. Here is a checklist about home upkeep to help get your home ready for summer.
Clean the Exterior
A soft cleaning can remove stains, moss, and grime, as well as bacteria, from exterior walls, roofs, siding, and decks. Gutters should be cleaned and cleared of leaves and debris as well. Avoid pressure washing, which can cause expensive damage.
Wash the Windows
Most homeowners don’t wash the outside of their windows more than once a year. This is something you can get done in an afternoon. A bucket-full of warm, soapy water and a squeegee are all you need, plus some elbow grease. Remember to remove and clean your window screens as well.
Clean the Interior
Now is as good a time as ever to clean areas you often don’t. Wipe down your baseboards with a damp cloth, clean the inside of windows, and change air conditioner filters. Take some time to declutter your rooms and even clean the garbage disposal. Also, check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while you’re at it.
Check HVAC, Plumbing, and Electricity
Get your AC inspected by a professional to avoid a breakdown in the summer. Check for dampness and low water pressure, which can be signs of a leaky pipe. Have your wiring, appliances, and other electrical components inspected to determine if service is needed.
Waterproof Your Deck
Water should bead up on the deck surface. If not, it’s time to reseal it. Deck waterproofing contractors can protect your outdoor space. Also, look for nails that need to be hammered down, signs of rotting, and wood that needs to be sanded. Clean and re-stain deck surfaces as needed.
Protect Your Home Against Bugs and Pests
Any bug or pest problems you have now will only get worse in summer. Inspect your attic and basement for any signs of trouble, including water leakage and mold. Caulking windows and doors can also prevent bugs from getting in through tiny spaces.
Repave the Driveway
Freezing and thawing can damage the strongest of concrete. If cracks have formed, refill them, but if there is more extensive damage, restore the look, integrity, and safety of your driveway by having it repaved with higher-quality, longer-lasting concrete.
Update the Patio
Get your patio ready for summer by refurnishing it, replacing old chairs, and adding fun decorations. Potted plants can help make it more inviting while a new table set can better accommodate your family and guests.
Contact Capital Deck & Stair for Waterproofing
If you want to get your deck ready for summer, we can waterproof it to provide protection and avoid expensive repairs. We can also correct stains, cracks, and mold. Call 424-339-0953 or send us your information online for service by one of the most trusted deck waterproofing companies in Southern California.
Many homeowners like to spruce up their outdoor patios, porches, and decks using outdoor planters. Planters can include a wide range of sizes and styles of containers that make it perfect for growing flowers, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and other greenery. Some popular varieties include self-watering planters and wall planters.
Each year, it is essential to prepare your planters and ensure they are summer-ready. There are many tasks that are involved in making your planters look great. To help you get started, we are excited to share the following tips and ideas.
1. Waterproof Your Planters
Whether you have wood, concrete, or ceramic planters, it is essential to make sure they are properly sealed and waterproofed. Waterproofing helps protect the plants against the outdoor elements. Rain, wind, sprinklers, and plant watering can cause the interior of the planters to degrade. For example, not waterproofing wood planters can lead to wood rot.
2. Make Sure Your Planters Have Proper Drainage
Planters need to have drainage holes in them so that they do not hold excess water. Excess water can be an issue for the plants since their roots will be flooded. Additionally, too much water in the planter can damage the planter itself.
3. Customize Your Planters
You can paint or stain the exterior of your planters to personalize them to suit your tastes and outdoor décor. For concrete planters, there are different colors of epoxy coatings that are easy to apply and remain on them better than paint. Paint will absorb into the concrete, so the finished appearance may not match the color you desired.
4. Remove All Dirt and Dead Vegetation
If you are reusing your planters from last year, the first thing you need to do before waterproofing is to remove all dirt and dead plants. Once the planters are emptied, clean the inside to remove excess dirt before waterproofing.
5. Get Cracked Planters Repaired
Instead of having to replace a cracked planter, you might be able to have it repaired. There are different methods that could be used to restore the appearance of the planter. For example, concrete planters can have cracks, chips, and other damage repaired using the appropriate maintenance products.
6. Choose Your Plants
Once your planters are prepped and ready to go, the next thing you need to decide is what types of plants you want. You could choose from herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and small shrubs. When selecting plants, try to choose ones that will thrive in your area. For instance, tomatoes are hardy in many climates.
You should also think about whether you want to add some color with flowering plants. Some flowering plants do well with herbs and vegetables, as do sunflowers. Plus, you get the added benefit of sunflower seeds you can dry and eat.
7. Get the Right Garden Accessories
Verify you have the right garden accessories for the plants you are growing. You often need different types of soil, fertilizers, and nutrients for different plants. You may also need to apply a layer of substrate (pebbles, sand, etc.) to the bottom of the planter to help with drainage.
8. Add Some Shade and Seating
Last, don’t forget about seating to enjoy your outdoor garden space and a little bit of shade. You could even add a pergola over the area with a removable cover.
For professional residential and commercial planter waterproofing and repairs, please contact Capital Deck & Stair at (424) 339-0953 today!