Summer is full of long days, fun nights spent outdoors, and trips to the beach, but it can also be a tough season on your home. The heat can warp and damage door frames and wooden decks, summer rains can bring rot and mold, and storms can wreak havoc on the roof and gutters. When fall rolls around, it’s time to inspect your home for any issues, clean up, and get everything ready to button down for winter.
This article was written by Paul Denikin of DadKnowsDIY.com
Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can spruce up and repair your home without spending a ton of money. Taking care of these projects now will help ensure that no further damage is done and that you won’t have to spend money on major repairs down the road. There are even some preventative steps you can take to keep your home safe and sound when cold weather hits. Here are some of the best tips on how to get started, and for more information on the most important home maintenance tasks to stay on top of, go to Redfin.com.
Check the roof
The roof takes a lot of hits during spring and summer, when the weather can get a bit wild throughout most of the States. High winds and hail can do a lot of damage, so check for cracked, broken, or missing shingles, and for any damage to the wood below. A few loose shingles can be replaced pretty easily; however, If there are several missing pieces–or if the wood feels soft in places–it may be time for a replacement. Check with your insurance company to see if they’ll help you pay for a professional to come out and do their thing.
Make sure you’re protected
One of the most important parts of any home–especially a home with gas utilities–is the carbon monoxide detector. This, along with an up-to-date smoke alarm, will keep you and your family safe during the season when fireplaces and furnaces stay on most of the time. Check to make sure these detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly, and continue to do so once a month during the cold season.
Seal up the cracks
On a windy day, go around the interior of your home and check for air leaks around windows and doors. High temperatures in summer followed by cold ones can cause expansion and retraction in the wood, which might lead to cracks. If you can hear the wind whistling through your windows, it might be time to seal them up with caulk. Major cracks along the bottom of doors can be fixed with rubber weather stripping from any home improvement store. Not only will this keep the warm air from escaping in winter, it will help keep your utility bills down.
Take care of the pipes
Outdoor pipes can freeze in winter, which can cause big trouble. Keep them safe by wrapping them with insulation, or shut off the water supply to them altogether. Wind up water hoses and put them away for the season.
When the weather goes below freezing, it’s time to think about your indoor pipes, as well. Hot water heaters have special insulated covers that can be wrapped around them, while bathroom and kitchen faucets can be left on at a slow drip to prevent them from freezing up. For more tips on keeping your pipes in good shape, check out this helpful article.
Fall and winter are fun times of year for many families, and ensuring that your home is well protected against the elements will allow you peace of mind when the snow starts to fly. Walk around your home and make a list of any issues you might want to tackle, and don’t forget to ask for help for the big jobs.
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