Helpful Tips for Homeowners – June 2017

  • Plan ahead for sod installations throughout the summer and well into the fall months (weather permitting).  Check with your local municipality to find out about obtaining short-term watering ban exemption permits.  Water, water, water!  New sod should be watered twice daily (once in the morning before 10:00am and once in the evening after 7:00pm).  It is important that you do not fertilize new sod – it will get enough nutrients from the topsoil and water.  It is recommended that you wait to fertilize the new sod until the following season.  If you have existing sod, please do fertilize using a four-step program throughout the growing season.  Grass should not be cut too short as this may cause brown patches and drying out or burning.  Try to keep the grass approximately 2½ to 3 inches tall to keep it thick, healthy and green.  While mulching as you mow is always a good idea, try to alternate between mulching and bagging so as not to “choke” the topsoil and roots of your lawn with excessive amounts of clippings.  Remember to check the Region of Waterloo’s website to find out when your yard waste collection weeks are.
  • Complete a thorough check of the exterior of your home.  Check for caulking that has become brittle, pulled away and/or has flaked off due to the elements (particularly in those areas that receive full afternoon sun).  Check for proper seals around exterior vents and windows.  If your home is more than one year old, it is imperative that this becomes a part of your yearly home maintenance regime.
  • With the warm, humid weather approaching, it is very important that you keep a dehumidifier running in your basement at all times.  Try to maintain humidity levels between 35% – 40% RH.  It is ideal that you position the dehumidifier close to the furnace so that you are assisting in circulating drier air throughout the furnace distribution system.  This is especially important in maintaining the integrity of hardwood & laminate flooring, cabinets, and minimizing the potential for possible floor squeaks.
  • Remember to ensure that you place your downspout extensions so that you are channeling water away from your home.  If the extensions are not currently in place, you will find them conveniently braced directly to the upper portion of the downspout for easy access. Also ensure that window wells are clear of debris and your downspout extensions are directed away from them, positioned to drain towards a natural swale area.  This will be beneficial in channeling water away from your foundation.

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