Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn
Falling leaves and crisp temperatures signal that it is time to get your home ready for the fall. This colorful season is all too brief and will soon usher in a winter that could wreak havoc on your home unless you make preparations now. You will be ready for the first day of winter by carrying out these autumn home improvement tasks today.
Clean Your Gutters
Falling leaves will quickly clog up your gutters unless you keep them cleaned out and rinsed. As autumn gets underway, remember to clean out the guttering so that it is free from leaves, dirt, and other debris before snow flies.
Clean gutters help precipitation run off your roof and onto the ground. They also play an important role in keeping your roof intact and water out of your attic.
Put Up Storm Windows
If you took your storm windows down for the spring and summer, it is time to put them back up when autumn arrives. Your storm windows do a lot to keep snow and ice from building up on the exteriors of your window sills. They also reduce the draftiness that could otherwise plague your windows.
Before you hang up your storm windows, make sure they are clean and free from debris. Also make sure that they are securely in place so that the wind cannot blow them out during a snow storm.
Sweep the Chimney and Fireplace
Nothing is cozier in the wintertime than a crackling warm fire in the fireplace. Before you build that first fire, however, you should clean out the fireplace and also the chimney.
Birds nests, ash, soot, twigs, and other debris are fire hazards that could ignite a fire in both your home or on top of your roof. If you are not up to the job, you should hire a professional chimney sweep for this task. Also make sure the flue is open and clean before you start the season’s first fire.
Inspect Your Heating System
With the arrival of autumn weather, the time approaches for the first time you will crank on your heater for the season. It is important that you have your heating system thoroughly inspected and repaired if necessary by a licensed professional heating and cooling technician.
The technician will inspect the heater for signs of damage like clogged or loose hoses. He or she will also replace the filters so that your home will be evenly heated. If necessary, the technician can also light your heater’s pilot light.
Protect Your Water Pipes
If you live in a part of the country that experiences extremely cold temperatures, you have no time to lose in protecting your home’s water pipes. Once autumn arrives, you should take steps to ensure that your pipes are well insulated and capable of surviving subzero temps.
Many homeowners wrap their pipes with insulated tape. You can find this tape as well as foam, plastic, and other materials used to wrap pipes at most home improvement or hardware stores.
The arrival of autumn means that winter is not far behind it. Get your home ready now by taking these important measures to prepare for home for the fall. These simple home improvement tips will help your home stay cozy and safe until the arrival of spring.