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Summer Maintenance

by CustomHomes on Thursday, July 21, 2016

BackyardNow that fireflies are floating in the summer breeze and the heat has settled into backyards everywhere it can be difficult to remember that you have to maintain your home during the summer. Here are a few ways you can keep your home looking Better Homes and Gardens ready without working during the dog days of summer.

Clean Your Siding

Cleaning your home’s siding can give it a serious facelift. During the year algae and mold can accumulate on your siding, which will discolor the siding and make it look old and worn out. Instead of replacing the siding of your home you can power wash it every summer to keep it looking fresh and new. Just be sure to put it on a lower setting. While you will need some strength to get into the nooks and crannies you do not want to chipping the pain on your home or denting the siding.

Clean Out Extra Storage

Summer is the best time to clean out your old tool shed, garage, basement, attic, and/or other storage areas. Now that it is warm and there is plenty of time to organize, transport and donate unwanted stuff that has been complied in your home for who-knows-how-long. Be sure that once you have donated all of your unwanted items to clean the storage area thoroughly before putting closing the door for the season. You should also clean unwanted items before donation. While you can donate as is it is courteous to launder, dust, or clean and item for the next owner. No one wants a dusty end table.

Weed, Prune, and Harvest Gardens

By now many gardens look overgrown, weedy, and a horticultural mystery. But all hope is not lost. With a few afternoon weedings you can tackle your garden and have it looking beautiful yet again. I like to start with sections and move throughout my yard. I usually start at the front with weeding supplies as well as pruning and harvesting supplies. This way I’m ready no matter what I find. I usually block out about an hour a day to tackle the mess so it can be done in about a week’s time. From there I start back at the beginning with a tamer, happier garden.


It’s sweaty, stinky work but when you have a pool you have to keep it clean and safe. You can do this by sifting through the water everyday for debris and then vacuuming the pool once a week. While you are vacuuming be sure to check ph balances so your pool is safe and free of contaminants.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com