Prep For The Season Change
Each season your home goes through changes in temperatures, weather conditions, aging and a lot of wear-and-tear from its inhabitants – especially a home with young children. In order to keep all your home’s components running smoothly, it’s important to conduct seasonal maintenance after every season. This is especially true during the transition from summer to fall/winter. Now is the perfect time to prepare for colder temperatures. Be sure not to delay, because if left too long, inclement weather may hit before you know it and costly repairs may be the result. Get a jump on the season with this home preparation checklist.
1) Check your roof. One of the most important pieces of your home that people often forget about is the roof. Often overlooked because it is not at eye-level, be sure to check for cracks, sinking shingles, mold, rot, and holes. Don’t neglect your chimney! Check the flashing around your chimney and any openings in the roof, such as skylights for leaking problems. If you find anything like this, you’ll need to call in a professional for some roof restoration and repair.
2) Clean out your gutters and downspouts. In a previous post, we discussed the importance of cleaning out your gutters on a regular basis. If you missed the late summer clean-up, you’ll have to do another check before the cold weather hits. Clear leaves, dirt and pine needles from gutters and examine downspouts for damage or loose pieces.
3) Examine the grounds of your property. Before the grass is covered with snow, or it is too cold to venture outside, check walkways for cracks and loose paver material. Fix walkway and entryway areas before slippery weather can cause a nasty fall or serious injury. Although this can be done in the winter, checking for burnt out lightbulbs on your exterior fixtures will be a lot easier without the cold elements to deal with. Replace them now when you won’t have to fight darkness, high winds and falling ice.
4) Leaky faucets? Repair them now. Dealing with a cracked pipe in the middle of winter is not only a pain, but it can cause quite a mess to your home. Flooding is a serious issue homeowners dread and examining pipes in your kitchen, bathroom and utility rooms now will save you from having a pipe burst in the dead of winter. If a faucet is constantly dripping, repair them now and you’ll avoid a costly repair in the future. Hire one of our skilled Handymen to take care of it fast.
5) Prepare your fireplace. Did you know that 83% of all fire deaths result from home fires? Fireplaces are used quite frequently to beat the cold temperatures and create a cozy home environment. For some people, they even use their fireplace more than their central heater in the fall and winter to avoid costly heating bills. Be sure to discard old ashes and ensure the damper is open to allow fresh air to freely move throughout the chimney. Check the damper handle and springs to ensure the flue is operating correctly. Remember, if you are the victim of an unfortunate fire, our team of experienced professionals have the skills to clean up destruction that smoke and fire can leave behind.
If you’re too busy enjoying the great Alaskan elements or hustling the kids off to fall activities, Taylored Restoration can complete your fall home prep checklist to the highest of standards. Get out and enjoy the harvest, while we make your home the best it can be!