The dog days of summer are barking and Labor Day is just around the bend, signaling the end of yet another epic season in the sun. But before you give your flamingo pool float one last hurrah, take a break with some home maintenance prep for the changing season ahead.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s still summer, and you’re being a buzzkill! Why worry now about what you can do next month? Well, as it turns out, some home maintenance tasks are best tackled in August, before temperatures start dipping.
- Check your washing machine connections. With the kids home from school and loads of sweaty garments to clean, your washing machine has likely taken a major beating this summer.
- Clear the gutters. Summer thunderstorms can clog your gutters and lead to costly water damage down the road. Properly functioning gutters direct water away from your home, but muck and debris can cause water to collect around your home’s foundation.
- Deal with wasps, mosquitoes, and other insects. Wasp activity peaks in late summer; these insects become more aggressive and are likely to sting in, you guessed it, September”! So you’ll want to spray for wasps and eliminate them, pronto.
- Mosquito control patrol your property for stagnant water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. First drain any areas that are holding water-this step alone should significantly cut down on mosquito activity. Invest in forms of mosquito repellent like citronella plants, mosquito traps, and bug zappers.