Fall is here and before you know it, warm September weather will disappear and we’ll be left with October’s chill. These easy fall home projects don’t take long and will save you a lot of trouble in the future! So even though it’s still nice outside, now is the best time to start preparing for colder weather.
The best way to determine if air is coming through a closed window is with a candle. Simply hold a lit candle close to the window seams. Flickering or bending flames are good indications of a draft. It’s also a good idea to check out the caulk on the outside of the window. If it’s cracked you need to apply a new layer. First you’ll need to remove the old caulking. Apply a softener an hour before you remove it, it should come off easily with a putty knife. Then you can reseal your windows with a new layer of caulking.
If you haven’t checked out the state of your gutters, it’s a good idea to do so. It’s a good idea to wait until most of the leaves have fallen before you get to this project. Grab a ladder, a rake, and the hose with a high-pressure attachment. While standing on the ladder, carefully use the rake to gather all of the debris and drop it into a trash bag. Use the hose to rinse the gutters and to check downspouts are clear.
Better to check your furnace now, so that you won’t freeze when you discover it’s broken. Turn it on, just as you would when it’s cold. If there is a problem, you can call somebody to address it before the wintery weather arrives. While you’re checking on your furnace, it’s also a good time to replace the filter!
Hire somebody to do a roof inspection. They will check for any cracked, curled, or missing shingles and replace them. If the damage is extensive, it’s time to replace the whole roof. Many homeowners are opting for metal roofing systems that require less maintenance than asphalt roofs. Fall is the perfect time for a new roof, one that will keep you protected from the harsh winter weather.
Prevent Pipe Freezing
Pipes can burst when they freeze, causing substantial flooding and structural damage. This is largely preventable. Before it gets too cold, insulate the pipes in your attic and crawlspace. Seal any leaks that allow cold air near the pipes, even a tiny opening can cause a pipe to freeze. You can also disconnect the hose and shut off the water leading to the outside faucets.