As the weather gets colder, it’s time for important fall projects that can help your home stay safe and warm during the winter months, and help you save money on heat, damage, and repairs as well.
Prevent water damage
- Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent leaf and debris build up that can cause rotten siding and pest infestations.
- Shore up gutter supports and make sure water isn’t pooling close to the house. Broken gutters and pooling water can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways, and can sometimes cause water damage inside the home too.
- Make sure pipes are well insulated, especially those on outside walls, to prevent freezing and bursting pipes and water damage.
Keep your home warm and dry
- Inspect and repair loose or damaged window or door frames to prevent winter cold from coming into your home.
- Install weather stripping and/or caulk around windows and doors to prevent drafts that can increase your heating bills.
- Replace the furnace filter and have a professional check your furnace and clean the ducts to ensure it is running efficiently.
- Make exterior repairs to damaged roofing, siding, or foundation.
- Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney and test the flue to ensure a tight seal and prevent chimney fires.
- Clean the lint from dryer vents to prevent fires and help your dryer work more efficiently.
- Deep clean your range hood and filter, oven, refrigerator coils, and small appliances to cut down on the risk of grease or crumb fires.
Prevent roof damage and power outages
- Consider hiring an arborist to check the trees on your property for signs of poor health and suggest ways to properly prune branches.
- Prune tree limbs that are close to power lines or the roof of your house to prevent them from breaking due to heavy snow or ice.
Keep critters out
- Seal gaps in your foundation, around doors and windows, and in the siding to prevent rodents or insects from finding their way into your home.
- Repair any damage to walkways, railings, stairs and driveways to keep your family and guests safe during the slippery winter months.
- Stock up on winter supplies such as snow shovels, pet- and plant-friendly ice melt, and get your snowblower serviced so it’s ready to go when the snow flies.