Fall Exterior Home Maintenance: Get ready for winter!

fall_home-gutterWe are never totally certain on what kind of winter we will have. No matter what the forecast, it is important that your home is ready for any weather event and freezing temperatures.

One of the most important things to check is all the exterior hose bibs. In order to prevent these pipes from bursting when weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the hose bibs and run the water until the pipes are empty. If this is not done, water can freeze up and damage the pipes.

It’s also a good idea to inspect, or have a professional inspect, your roof for damaged shingles. If shingles are curling, buckling, they should be replaced prior to freezing temperatures. If you have a skylight, chimney or pipes on your roof, you’ll also want to check the flashing around those for any leaks or gaps to prevent heavy snow and ice from finding its way in.

Check any areas around your home that may need a coat of paint. With less humidity in the air, fall is a good time of year to touch up anything and keep the wood protected this winter.

A good tip for energy efficiency in your home is to check the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. If there are any holes, they will need to be filled with caulk or the wood will need replaced.

Your licensed contractor can also inspect your home and ensure it’s ready for a winter freeze!

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