Fall brings cooler temperatures and it’s a great time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. There are many things you can do around your home in the Fall to ensure an easier Winter. It’s best to take advantage of the moderate weather to finish all of the maintenance around your home before the first frost. Cold weather can bring water leaks and damage from temperature change to insects and rodents seeking warmth. We’ve put together a list of 10 exterior home maintenance tips that will help ensure a smoothly functioning home all Winter.
- Rake leaves. Leaving the leaves on your lawn and in your flower beds can inhibit Spring growth.
- Clean gutters and downspouts. You can choose to do it yourself or hire a service. It’s best to wait until most the leaves have fallen. Leaves and debris collect in gutters and can cause problems with drainage when not cleaned out and eventually lead to roof and siding problems. This is also a great time to check for leaks. If your gutters need to be replaced, experts recommend buying gutters with a built-in leaf guard.
- Check your roof. Checking for loose or missing shingles, along with moving any debris. Rain, wind or snow can be hard on roofs. Without a properly functioning roof, water damage can occur which can lead to countless problems. Many experts say the best defense to a home regarding weather is a good roof.
- Check the foundation and exterior walls for cracks or holes. You can caulk around areas to prevent heat from escaping such as where pipes or wires enter the house or where the masonry meets the siding. Also, caulking around door and window frames can save you on your heating bill.
- Clean your chimney. You can choose to do this yourself or hire a service. Look up the chimney for any blockages and make sure the damper is working properly.
- Check your walkways and driveway for cracks. This is a great time to clean out cracks and use a cement filler and seal it with a commercial grade sealer.
- Remove hoses from outside and store indoors to prevent freezing and cracking of the hose.
- Shut off all exterior faucets and valves to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Check stairs and patio for loose or unstable areas and repair before the first frost.
- Blow out sprinkler system. Water left in the pipes during freezing temperatures can cause cracking to occur in your sprinkler pipes. You can hire a professional or do this yourself.
We hope these tips will leave you and your home ready for Winter.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for the winter contact the home professionals at Curb Appeal. 979-5884