Autumn is just around the corner, which means it’s time to head back to school and back to routine. While there’s still a few weeks of balmy weather left to enjoy on the patio, this time is actually critical for making sure your home is safe and secure against the forces of nature that are coming this winter.
Here are 4 easy things you can do to prepare your home for Old Man Winter this fall.
Clear Your Eavestroughs and Downspouts
Clearing your eavestroughs may seem like a chore, but it’s important to keep them clear in the winter. That’s because blockages in the draining system can cause meltwater to build up and form ice dams, which can leak into your attic and cause damage to your home.
Seal any Cracks or Damage on the Sides of Your Home
Tiny cracks in your foundation are bound to form as your house expands and contracts over the years. Unfortunately, even the tiniest of cracks can be open gates and welcome insects and critters into the walls and crawl spaces of your home.
Make Sure All Outside Pipes are Turned Off
Standing water is a problem in any home, but standing water in your pipes can be an absolute disaster in the winter. Water that is left standing in pipes can freeze, expand, and explode, causing basement flooding or stopping water from reaching your home.
As the summer ends and the fall begins, be sure to stretch out and empty all of your garden hoses and give each faucet an extra twist shut.
Trim Your Hedges and Remove Dead Limbs from Trees
Hedges and trees are a sight to see during the hot days of summer, but they can become a dangerous hazard in the when winter rolls around. Keep your hedges and trees trimmed to prevent them from tangling up your power lines or worse, being torn off by dangerous winds and falling on your home.
Winter may still be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare while the sun is out and the weather is nice. Give our home inspection experts a call today at 712-274-9617 or visit us online to see how we can give your home the top-to-bottom inspection you need for peace of mind.