Summertime Parties

Debbi WaldenbergHosting parties and spending evenings relaxing with close friends and family make summer in Montana a special time. With the rain letting up, and today being the longest day of the year, it’s time to make your home summer-ready. Here are some things you can do to make your transition from spring to summer safe, easy and efficient and your yard ready for all those summer gatherings, BBQs and long summer evenings.

  1. There is no more time left to prime your automatic sprinkler system

    A properly functioning sprinkler system is the key to a beautiful lawn. We recommend doing a full check of all components before starting up your system for the season. Check the controller, water pressure, valves and look for general wear and tear or obstruction of any components. And as your yard matures, so does the need to make sure everything is getting adequate water.

  1. Check your hose bibs

    If you use a traditional hose watering system, be sure to have your hose bibs looked at to ensure a secure connection. A hose bib is the outside faucet connecting your hose to your inside plumbing system. Over time, hose bibs can leak and can be costly to your water bill and may need to be replaced by a licensed plumber.

  1. After all this rain we have, check your basement and crawl space, you may find you need to call a licensed plumber to install a sump pump for your home.

    A sump pump protects against flooding by removing water accumulated from rain, natural ground water and melted snow or ice. The pump, usually installed in a basement or crawlspace, sends water away from your home where it will not cause damage. If you already have a sump pump, have your pump inspected periodically to make sure it is working properly and discharging water to the right place.

  1. Set up lighting

    Proper lighting can add an impressive effect to your landscaping and increase your home’s level of security. Landscape lighting can accent a flower garden or water feature. It can also emphasize and brighten gather spaces like a patio or grilling area. For added security, we recommend installing motion activated lighting and lights near driveways, walkways, windows and doors.

  1.  Add sound to your patio

    Set the tone for any summer activity by adding speakers to your patio or outdoor entertaining areas. Music adds to the atmosphere but cords are easily tripped on and water can damage speakers and wiring. We recommend buying a sound system designed for outdoor use and calling a licensed electrician for installation.

  1. Now is the time to call and schedule your air conditioning system check

    Waiting until it gets up into the 80’s consistently will only put you in a position of possibly not being able to get your air conditioning checked as soon as you may want. Our service technicians are ready to help, so give us a call!

Preparing your home for summer may take a bit of effort, however, by planning and budgeting now, you can transform your home into a summer haven in no time at all.

As always, your Comfort is our Central concern, call 756-6656, for all your heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical and drain cleaning needs (heels here)

Cheese Crisps

4 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano (parmesan) shredded

Mix in your favorite fresh herbs, like rosemary, oregano or chives

  • Drop by 1/8th of cup size onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet

  • Bake at 375 for about 5 minutes or until just begin to turn golden

Cool and enjoy, so easy and delicious…


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