Harsh winter weather is on it’s way and it’s the exterior of your home that will likely be taking most of the hits. Make sure your house can survive the winter by keeping up with these important fall maintenance tasks.
Sometimes all your deck needs is a quick power wash. However, you should also check for loose boards or splinters and nail them down as well consider re-staining and sealing it. Also take a careful look at any stairs connected to your deck or home as well as fill in the cracks in your driveway and sidewalks to prevent ice from freezing in them.
According to American Home Shield, “A clogged vent is a potential fire hazard and a drain on your dryer’s efficiency.” This can be prevented by simply taking a vacuum to it and checking to see that air is properly flowing out of it.
“Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves, because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding,” says The Balance. The most important thing you can do to prevent this from happening is to insulate your pipes. You can easily do this yourself or hire a professional, especially if you have an older home. You’ll also want to make sure your outside faucets are turned off and not connected to any hoses so water doesn’t freeze and damage your home.
Your gutters are there to make sure water drains away from your home. However, they easily get clogged up with leaves and twigs from thunderstorms and you’ll need to clear them out so they don’t get weighed down with ice and snow.
There are a few ways you can safely determine the condition of your roof yourself. As this should be done at least twice a year, you can take photos and compare them or take a gander with a pair of binoculars. Shingles that are loose or flashing could result in water seeping through your roof and into your home. If you think this may be the case, consider calling a professional before climbing up there yourself to fix the problem.Keep up the siding of your house.
If you have vinyl siding, power wash it now so the outside of your house looks shiny and new. If you have wood panels, they may need to be repainted and sealed to prevent water damage. After you’ve finished working outside, make sure you’re changing the air filters in your furnace monthly so that air is flowing through your house steadily and remains free of dirt and debris. Also look around for any cracks that could be letting cold air into your home and seal them up. Additionally, you’ll want to test and or change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’ll be able to properly alert you.