DIY Ways to Prepare for Fall
The appearance of fall means that the weather is just going to keep getting colder and more severe. It is important to prepare your home for the increased rain, snow and wind that will be occurring for the next few months. Not only will these preparations help keep your home secure during the fall and winter seasons, but it will keep your family safe as well.
Sometimes taking care of the small things can ward off bigger issues later on down the line. In order to help you take care of your home, save money and avoid future headaches, the experts at 911 Restoration have some tips that any homeowner can follow themselves. Below are some of our favorite ways to prep your home for the new season.
Don’t Forget About Your Gutters
Keeping your roof gutters clean and debris-free is always important, especially during the fall season. With all the leaves falling from the trees, the gutters can get clogged easily. This hinders it from doing its job, which is to divert water away from the home, preventing water damage. In order to prevent a blockage, clear out the gutters and install a mesh guard to keep more debris out.
Mind the Gap
Having loose caulking and faulty weather strips can cause cold air to leak into the home. This will not only keep you chilly, but it will make your heating bill go through the roof. By weather stripping your home you can get down heating costs and keep your family warm and cozy.
Keep a Sturdy Roof Over Your Head
It can be easy to forget about what is going on right over your head, that is, until there is a problem. The condition of your roof is going to be the most important thing during the cold months, since it will be what will keep out the elements and protect your family. You don’t want to realize you have a leak when a storm is already in progress. Instead, inspect your roof before disaster strikes. All you need is a pair of binoculars so you can see if you have any damaged shingles, metal flashing and gutters. If you notice any cracked, missing or curled shingles, get them replaced immediately.
Freezeproof Your Exterior Faculties
It can get literally freezing outside during the fall and winter, meaning that the exterior of the home and all of its systems is directly exposed to that cold front. Many times the outside faucets and irrigation systems will freeze and then burst. Take steps to prevent this by draining out the water in the faucets by opening them up and shutting off outside water valves. You can also insulate the faucets by using styrofoam covers.
Smooth Out Your Walkways and Driveways
To prevent both structural home damage and personal injury, it is necessary to take the steps to keep your walkway and driveway even and safe. This means checking for large cracks, uneven sections, loose railings and asphalt disintegration. When the ground freezes it will only exacerbate these seemingly small problems. Take care of it ahead of time before the whole area needs to be replaced.