The cold months are just around the corner. Before they arrive, you want to ensure that you have made the necessary preparations for the winter that will protect your home from unwanted damage. Fall home maintenance can also go a long way to keep you and your family warm when the cold temperatures arrive. Here are some fall preventative home maintenance measures that you should put in effect to gear up for the cold weather.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts can accumulate leaves and debris, and if not removed, can lead to wood rot issues, pest infestations and ultimately damaged gutters. You also want water to drain freely and not flow behind the gutters, and also ensure that support brackets are securely in place. Pooling can have a damaging effect on your foundations.
Check Windows and Doors
Make the rounds and remove summer screens, and install cool weather storm windows and doors. Do a thorough check of windows to uncover any damage that needs repair. Seal windows and doors with stripping or caulking to prevent drafts that could cause heating bills to soar.
Inspect Heating Systems
Don’t wait for winter to arrive to discover that there is an issue with your heating system.
Hire a heating professional to perform an inspection of your heating system to ensure optimal performance at a time when you need it the most. You’ll be made aware of any problems that need to be addressed before they balloon into expensive repairs.
Prepare Your Plumbing
Protect both indoor and outdoor pipes by insulating them, which can prevent heat from escaping and stress on your plumbing system. This will also prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, which could do significant damage. Detect and stop leaks, and check your water heater and drain it of any sediments. You want your plumbing in tip-top shape before the cold brings freezing temperatures.
The home improvement professionals at AMDG Exterior Contracting can help you identify potential problems and fix them before they become costly. We provide worry-free experience and have the skills needed to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.