The leaves are changing, and the weather is cooling down. Fall is upon us! That means it’s time to take some much-needed steps to weather-proof your home. To ensure that your house is ready to withstand whatever Mother Nature decides to throw your way, check out these essential maintenance tips.
6 Fall Home Maintenance Tips You Need to Know
- Take Care of Your Trees, Grass, and Shrubs:
Fall is not the time to plant new trees, but it is the time to prune the ones you already have. Once the leaves have turned, get in there and cut back your trees and shrubs. This will encourage new growth after the winter months have come and gone.
Be sure to cut away any branches that are close to power lines or your roof. The last thing you need is a branch falling on your home or cutting off the power during a storm.
Also, pay attention to your grass. The roots actually grow deeper in the fall in preparation of the colder weather, so it’s the perfect time to fertilize your lawn.
- Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts:
Unclog your gutters regularly to prevent water overflow and general damage to the gutters themselves. Water that continually leaks out and around clogged gutters can lead to wood rot and/or pest infestations.
Check that the gutters are securely attached and no bolts have come loose or are missing. After you have unclogged your gutters and downspouts, check to see that water is funneling properly through the system to avoid pooling.
- Check Your Roof:
Having a good roof over your head is a fundamental need, especially during the colder months. If your roof is compromised it can lead to problems with all the systems in your home as ice, snow, debris, critters or pests can get inside and wreak havoc.
Check to see that all shingles are in place and secure and that there are no vulnerable areas on your roof. If you find that your roof needs repair or replacement, deal with it now before winter comes.
- Seal the Gaps:
An easy, inexpensive fix for your home is to caulk any gaps. This includes windows and doorframes, places where pipes and wires enter your house and anywhere else heat might escape. Besides keeping your home warm and cozy, sealing gaps also stops animals and pests from entering your home uninvited.
- Check Walkways and Stairs for Safety:
To prepare for impending ice and snow, ensure that your walkways, stairs, driveway, and railings are in good shape. Fill and seal any cracks or gaps and check that railings are stable and supportive.
Replace any loose or broken stepping stones in well-trafficked areas to keep yourself and your family safe from slips or falls in the icy months.
- Winterize Your Pipes:
Shut off water to any external pipes to avoid freezing. Drain your hoses and store them for the winter. It is also a good idea to insulate your indoor pipes to ensure they won’t freeze either.
If you know you won’t be able to winterize all your pipes, start with the pipes closest to the exterior of your home (more vulnerable to freezing temperatures) and work your way in.
Lastly, check all pipes for any leaks or cracks that may have formed. These may seem small now but could easily grow throughout the winter as temperatures drop.
The Bottom Line
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