Fall Maintenance Tips #2
Fall is finally upon us and soon the temperatures will start to drop and the days will get shorter. Fall is the perfect time to take care of projects around your house that you neglected during the spring and summer months. Before you run out of daylight and the snow hits, take time to maintain your house. This month we are focusing on projects to do outside your home. Keep reading for 5 fall outdoor maintenance tips.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Over the last year, chances are leaves and debris have made their way into gutters. When gutters are clogged, water from rain or melting snow gets trapped at the edge of the roof. When the temperature drops and the water freezes, built up ice can leak into small cracks in the roof. This can cause water damage under roofs and in between walls.
Seal Cracks and Holes
Cold weather can bring unwanted critters trying to find warmth and some place to call home. Take a walk around your property and look for any place they could get in. A mouse can squeeze through a hole the size of a pen. It’s important to seal the holes so they can’t get in. You can also set traps in the event they get in. This also prevents air from escaping in the cracks and raising your energy bill.
Loose shingles could become a big leakage problem in the winter. Make sure your shingles are secure and to replace any that are broken or missing.
Clear Brush and Dead Branches
Look around your property for dead or overgrown brush. Clear plants that have attached themselves to walls or steps. Then look up and see if there are any branches growing too close to your home. Are there any dead trees? Remove any dead trees to prevent them falling if a storm rolls in.
Winterize Your Plumbing
Make sure to insulate any water pipes that are near the exterior of your home and don’t forget to winterize outdoor plumbing as well. Disconnect your hose and store them for winter.