Article courtesy of Paul Deniken:
Summer is a distant memory, and the leaves are turning colors. The days are getting shorter, and there’s a crisp feeling in the air. Autumn is here. It would be so easy to just sit back and enjoy the changing of the seasons — after all, autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year — but if you’re a homeowner, don’t spend too much time admiring the changing leaves and the cool, crisp weather.
Autumn is the time when you should take care of some important home maintenance. Just a few hours of maintenance in the fall can save you a lot of money in the winter. Read on for tips on how to get your home ready for the winter months.
Inspect your gutters and roof
Remove debris from your home gutters to avoid clogs. Clogged gutters might lead to ice dams, which can cause expensive damage to your house. They should be thoroughly cleaned around mid-fall and checked again just before winter to make sure no more debris has accumulated. Once they’re clear, think about adding a leaf guard to protect them from future build-up.
Check your roof for loose shingles or other weather damage. Replace shingles or even the entire roof, if needed. If you don’t repair the roof before winter arrives, you could end up with leaks or a collapsed roof because of heavy rain, ice or snow.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Before the cold weather arrives, take time to prevent frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can cause expensive damage to your home, but they can also cut off access to running water. Of course, frozen pipes also have the potential to explode. To prevent frozen pipes in your home, remove water hoses from outside faucets and make sure you completely drain the water from the hoses. Store the hoses in a place away from outdoor elements.
If plumbing fixtures are located in drafty rooms, keep those rooms open so the warm air can reach them. Consider adding more insulation to your crawl space, basement and attic. Add heating tape to water pipes that are close to exterior walls. This will help prevent freezing pipes and also save you money on your heating bill!
Replace Air Filters
Your HVAC system needs tender, loving care during the fall as well. Replace your air filters every 60 to 90 days during the fall season. That’s because air filters trap harmful substances like pollen, dust and mold, and keeps them from entering your home. Making sure you replace your air filters regularly will help your heating and cooling system function effectively throughout the year.
Ensure Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work
Everyone wants to keep their families safe 365 days a year. One major way to do so is to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work inside your home. Smoke detectors ensure that your family is alerted if there is ever a fire inside the house.
Most homes have smoke detectors, but does your home have a carbon monoxide detector? Carbon monoxide is invisible and has no odor. More importantly, it’s an extremely poisonous gas. If you inhale this gas, you can choke to death. Surprisingly, common household appliances can release this dangerous gas into the air. Having a carbon monoxide detector in your home provides you advanced warning that the gas is present in the air. This detector can mean the difference between life and death no matter the time of year. Make sure that both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order so that you’ll be ready for any smoke- or carbon monoxide-related emergencies.
When summer disappears and the air grows cooler, don’t forget to prepare your home for the coming winter. By taking the time to address some basic repairs, you just might save a great deal of money when the temperature drops and winter arrives.
Paul Denikin got into DIY home repair projects after his daughter was born with special needs. His initial efforts were all motivated by the desire to make his home more accessible for her. He learned everything he knows through trial and error and many helpful Youtube videos. He created DadKnowsDIY.com to share some of the great resources he’s come across and to offer home improvement project how-tos and other accessibility information.
Thank you Paul for writing this article for Peer 2 Peer Real Estate .