Fall brings forth cooler temperatures, and since it comes immediately after a very hot season, preparing in advance is advisable in order to avoid rushing to keep up once the season changes. Below are a few things you can do days, or even weeks, beforehand to avoid the adverse impact of the sudden switch in weather.
- Clean Your Gutters
One of the prime characteristics of fall is the falling of leaves. Gutters are among the places where leaves readily settle and pile up if left untended. The risk of clogging increases and so does that of rainwater pooling, which causes damage when that water expands and freezes. Having leaves in your gutters also increases the risk of potentially dangerous icicles forming overhead.
- Trim Your Trees
To prevent snow and ice clumps from forming on boughs that are closer to your roof and windows, trim the weak and overgrown branches and support weak young trees; this will also minimize wind-induced disasters.
- Rake Your Lawn
While some falling leaves will end up settling on the roof and in the gutters, most of them end up on the lawn. If left to stand, they could prevent sunlight from reaching the grass underneath, causing unsolicited yellowness, and/or rot that sets off a foul smell when rain comes.
- Drain Outdoor Faucets
One of the most dreaded implications of fall, or winter for that matter, is freezing. Containers, pipes, hoses and drains that still contain water from the summer stand the risk of cracking and bursting if the water in them freezes. You can avoid such disasters by ensuring portable containers are emptied and stored, and faucets and pipes are drained and shut off.
- Seal Openings Around Doors and Windows
Caulking is a great cost-effective way of reducing the amount of heat that slips out of your house. It not only makes every part of the house comfortable, but it also reduces heating costs.
- Ensure the Roof is Rainproof
One thing you should hope doesn’t catch you on the hop is a leaking roof. If your asphalt roof is more than ten years old, it would be wise to take a quick look to see if you can identify loose, rotten or missing shingles. Also, check previously laid caulks to ensure they are still affixed.
Some of these efforts are purely meant to increase the comfort of your home, while others are meant to help you avoid preventable breakages and disasters. It is important to ensure every corner of your house and compound is explored to avoid any surprise blows when the strong winds and heavy rains eventually come.