Getting Exterior Of Home Ready For Fall

October 3rd 2018
Getting Exterior Of Home Ready For Fall

As we head into shorter days and cooler nights, it's an ideal time to do some preventative maintenance to the exterior of your house. It doesn't have to take weeks or months and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you take care of the basics you'll save yourself hundreds of dollars in costly repairs for such things as winter damage and heat loss. Most people can do their own work, and it doesn't need to be a back breaking regimen of chores.

1. Caulk any gaps on the exterior of your home and also around windows and doors on the inside to stop drafts.

2. Consider new vinyl replacement prime windows to upgrade insulation, comfort and sound transmission.

3. Clean gutters to protect from heavy rain damage and overflows from being plugged with leaves and needles.

4. Check roof shingles, flashings and chimney bricks for leaks.  This can be done professionally by using a brick chimney mason.

5. Clean leaves from gutters and roofs, and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.

6. If you have a wood burning fireplace, have your chimney cleaned. Those fires from last winter have left a lot of creosote behind. Clean it out before you plan to start using the fireplace.

7. Shut off foundation vents in crawl spaces to prevent heat loss from your home.  Fill vent “inside void” with rigid 2” foam block cut to size.

8. Shut off outside faucets and drain back preventing frozen pipes.  If you are adding an addition or building a new home; consider frost free exterior faucets.

9. Drain and store your garden hose. Don't leave it out all winter because the water within the hose will freeze and crack the hose.

10. If you have a septic tank, measure the sludge and scum to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before the spring.  Tanks should be pumped out at least once every three years.

11. Check sump pump and line to ensure proper operation, and to ascertain that there are no line obstructions or visible leaks.

12. Ensure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall, so that water does not drain into your basement.

13. Empty gas from lawnmower and put in gas additive for easier start-up.