Since summer is coming to a close, the weather each day isn’t as punishingly hot as it has been. This is bad news for anyone who wants to go and enjoy the great outdoors or relax on a warm beach, but it is good news for anyone who wants to steal a few hours during an afternoon to make sure their house is prepared for the winter months. You’ll want to start as early in the fall season as your schedule and weather will allow because it is best to get everything done before the rain and snow of winter start settling in for the winter. Keeping your house properly maintained and ready for winter is a bit of a pain each year, but it can help keep your house’s value higher than if you didn’t do these things and it can even save you money in the long run by avoiding costly emergency repairs to a burst pipe or roof. Let’s take a look at a checklist that will help you get your fall season of homeownership off to a great start.
Pipe Patrol: Inspect And Insulate Pipes. Prepare To Blowout Sprinklers.
You’ll want to take a good look at all of your exposed piping and make sure that it isn’t leaking or in need of repair and that they are all nice and insulated. It might not be time to blowout sprinklers just yet, but if you can, then now would be a good time to do it before the seasonal rush starts. At least make an appointment with a local crew if possible so you don’t have to worry about it later. Repair or replace any insulation that has been damaged or removed over the last year. You don’t want to have to be dealing with a burst pipe this winter! You’ll also want to drain and store your hoses and shut off water to exterior faucets (if necessary).
Clean Gutters. Inspect Roof.
It’s a dirty job, but it has to be done. Clean out your gutters at least three times a year and especially before winter sets in so you can avoid dangerous and costly ice dams. While you’re up there, take a walk around your roof (in a safe manner) and check for any loose or missing shingles or other signs of roof damage. If you see anything that looks like a leak or damage, then you will want to hire a professional to make the repairs. Also, while you’re cleaning the gutters, make sure to clear out your downspouts and make sure they are not clogged or exceptionally dirty. They should be free and clear in order to allow proper water runoff during wet winter months.
Check Doors And Windows For Broken Seals
Look at the weather stripping on all of your doors and windows and make sure that it is in good shape and not allowing cold air to leak into the house. Replace as necessary. Don’t forget to check your garage door as well! While your garage isn’t necessarily a room you want to keep warm in the winter, proper weather-stripping around your garage door can help prevent pests like rodents, insects, and spiders from entering and making a home in your garage.
Clean The Outside Of Your House
Summer is one of the peak times of the year that we see an excess of dust and other particulates in the air (like smoke from wildfires). Those particulates are unpleasant for our lungs and can lead to an equally unpleasant buildup of grime and dirt on the outside of your home. Make sure to take a strong garden hose or power washer and spray down the outside of your home before winter sets in. This will leave your house looking bright and clean for the winter.
That’s a good start! If you can knock those things off your list, then you will have a huge leg up on winter this year. That will leave you with more time to spend with the family indoors sipping hot cocoa instead of making emergency repairs to the house, and that’s always a good thing!