Spring may be the season typically associated with cleaning, but it’s just as important to do cleanup around the home in fall. Putting things in order and tending to minor maintenance now can help homeowners avoid insurance claims and other problems when winter weather arrives.
Beat the draft. Keep the warmth in and the cold air out this winter. Inspect common problem areas, including windows and doors, vents, pipes, and other openings. Fill any cracks, repair caulking, and replace components that are worn. If you feel air coming through electrical outlets, it could be a sign of an insulation problem or damage to siding or brickwork.
Keep it clear. The areas around your furnace, electrical panel, and water tank should all be kept clear, so they can be easily accessed if there is an emergency.
Turn it off. Shut off the water supply to all outdoor water faucets. Disconnect, drain, and store outdoor hoses.
Look up. Be sure gutters and drains are in good repair and clean, with all downspouts and extensions in place. Look for missing shingles, nail pops, or other problems that could lead to water infiltration. Check your attic to be sure there are no signs of water leakage or other damage.
Trim it. Check for overhanging tree branches that can cause damage if strong winds come through and hire a reputable tree service to do any trimming that you can’t safely do.
Spending a little on prevention this fall can save a lot by avoiding problems in winter.