Take Care of These Essential Fall/Winter Home Prep Tasks!
Extra, extra, read all about it! Headline of the day: Fall is here.
Alright, so it’s not exactly breaking news that the seasons change and that summer has finally come to an end. However, what should be treated with front page news-like status is the reality that before winter arrives, we need to be preparing our homes for the changing of the seasons.
What’s Most Important?
When it comes to home preparation in the weeks leading up to fall and winter, some tasks should be put before all else. Namely, checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Put in fresh batteries and test them to make sure they are working properly.
All homeowners need to check their heating systems and clean the ducts if necessary. Hire a heating professional to ensure everything is working efficiently and to prevent future costs on major repairs. You’ll also need to switch out your summer window and door screens for ones that are appropriate for cool weather. Loose or damaged frames should be repaired, and weather stripping should be applied to all windows and doors to keep drafts out. True Value provides instructions for applying weatherstripping.
Additionally, the roof should be inspected for missing or damaged shingles that may be the result of wind damage. You may be able to do this yourself, but many will feel more comfortable having the pros handle the roof-scaling. Leaks that result from ignoring potential roof damage could be irreparable, and potentially disastrous, during the winter season.
Another health-related task is purchasing and keeping on deck plenty of fresh air filters. The air we breathe needs to be clean, and fresh filters help us purify the air inside our home. SafeWise also suggests searching for and eradicating mold, as its presence could cause some serious health issues.
Organized Home lists some of the essential emergency and disaster preparedness items that all homeowners should keep ready. The worst case scenario is the very scenario which we should all be ready for.
These Preparations are Also Important
While the aforementioned preparations prevent some of the more direct threats to our health during fall and winter, there is plenty else we can do to save ourselves and our families from excess costs and hassle.
State Farm suggests draining exterior pipes completely. If you don’t, they could freeze. Setting your thermostat to the same temperature all day and night is a good way to ensure the interior pipes don’t freeze either. Frozen pipes can cut off a water supply and even burst, resulting in costly repair expenses.
Other fall preparation tasks include clearing the gutters of fallen leaves and other debris. This can help prevent the formation of ice dams when winter comes. Search “roof and gutter cleaning near me” to find a qualified professional to take care of this task for you as working from a ladder can be dangerous. Now is also a good time to do a cleaning in the garage before you store your lawn and gardening equipment for the season. If your car doesn’t currently fit in your garage because you have too much stuff, you could declutter and organize your garage (and the rest of your home). Otherwise, a car cover can help protect your vehicle from winter weather.
Cleaning your fireplace is something you can and should do yourself, in order to prevent potential health issues caused by inhaling the debris. Remove the dust and soot first, and then deep clean the fireplace by scrubbing the floor and walls with a solution of bleach, warm water, and Trisodium Phosphate. Meanwhile, cleaning the chimney should be left to a pro.
Use this guide to prepare your home – and in turn, yourself – for the coming chilly seasons. Without taking care of a few essential fall- and winter-prep tasks, you may find yourself in some serious trouble.
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