The Homeowner’s Fall Checklist
As the dog days of summer begin to wane, it's time to start thinking about getting the home ready for the colder months ahead. So, as you sip your pumpkin spice latte, read on for tips to prevent all the water leaks, roof damage and fire loss Michaelis experts have seen over the years.
"A lot of the problems we see in the winter and even next spring could have been avoided with a little preventative maintenance in the fall," said William Alumbaugh, estimator for Michaelis Corporation "I can't tell you how many times I've seen damage caused by improper maintenance, especially when it comes to water leaks."
William says homeowners should walk around the entire home looking for any damage to the exterior, roof, windows and foundation. If you notice things like cracks in your foundation or brick, rotting wood siding or sloping in your foundation, give Michaelis a call for a free inspection.
To avoid any future costly damage, add these simple chores to your to do list:
- Clean all gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris to allow water to run away from the home. If not properly cleaned, the water will back up under shingles and cause roof damage. Even worse, water will back up into the home.
- Clean all debris from basement windows wells.
- Remove hoses from outside spigots.
- Trim any trees or bushes that overhang the home. The weight of snow and ice could cause limbs to break and damage your property.
- Remove window screens once it's cold. Snow and ice can dramatically reduce life of the screen.
October is also National Fire Prevention Month. The number of home fires goes up during the colder months. Protect your family and property by taking these simple steps:
- Test all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Check all fire extinguishers and make sure they are accessible.
- Have your chimney inspected. Soot builds up from past fires and can ignite, causing damage to your chimney and spreading fire to the rest of the house.
William also suggests you have your furnace inspected by a professional now, because who wants to be waiting for repairs in January?