Autumn is the best time of year to inspect your home for any potential problems the inclement winter weather could bring. You don’t want to get stuck dealing with maintenance issues with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures getting in the way. So, here is a list of things you can do now, to prevent a possible emergency situation in the winter.
- Check windows and doors for any leaks or drafts; and, caulk cracks or install weather stripping around them as needed.
- Use caulk to fill the holes on wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks.
- Check your attic insulation to make sure it is installed properly. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then it can trap moisture and lead to water problems. You can cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow the moisture to escape.
- Fall is a good time to paint the exterior of your home due to cooler temperatures and low humidity
- Clean gutters and downspouts as needed, and make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. You might also want to consider installing gutter guards for further protection.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have it inspected, cleaned and repaired, if necessary, to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs to prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the temperatures get too low. First, make sure all the water is drained from the pipes because the water can freeze up and damage the pipes otherwise.
- Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for damages. Shingles that are curling need replaced. Also make sure to check any flashing around skylights and chimneys. If there is more extensive damage, it could be time to replace the entire roof.
- You can wrap water pipes running along exterior walls with heating tape in order to save energy and prevent them from freezing.
- Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system.
- Have a licensed heating contractor inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Call your local utility company first to see if they provide this service for free.
- Annuals usually die when temperatures drop below freezing, so it is a good time to clip them. For perennials, add a layer of mulch around them to protect their roots.
- Fall is also a great time to clean all your lawn and garden tools before storing them for the winter.
- Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.
Making these tips a part of your yearly Fall routine will keep your home in great condition, prevent small items from becoming major issues, and will better help you avoid dealing with maintenance emergencies during the harsh winter weather.
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