The change in temperature, especially the reduction of humidity, makes fall the perfect time to get some things done around your home before the cold weather blows in. Here are six things you can do during this prime time that will greatly benefit your home in the upcoming winter months.
1. Winterize the Deck
The summer BBQ’s and outdoor parties are coming to an end, so now is a great time to give your deck a face lift. After all of the outdoor furniture and decorations are removed from the deck, pressure wash the deck with a high powered pressure washer. The pressure washer will remove all of the dirt and spilled drinks/food that has built up over the summer. Since the deck will be crystal clear you might as well reseal it to protect the wood from the harshness of winter. Pick a day with no rain in the forecast and start the resealing process as soon as you can manage to open your eyes in the morning. This will allow the deck all day to dry.
2. Insulate Exposed Plumbing
Exposed plumbing lines that are not insulated can lead to higher water heating costs in the cold months as well as the potential of the pipes bursting if it gets below freezing. The water coming through the exposed lines will be colder which makes your water heater have to work extra hard to give you the nice warm shower you desire in the morning. If you live in an area that is prone to freezing temps the last thing you want in the dead of winter is for your pipes to freeze and burst. This can lead to a huge mess and expensive plumbing bill! Save time and money now by purchasing foam wrap and covering all exposed plumbing lines that are in an area that will not be heated like outside or in a basement.
3. Assess Roof Condition and Clean Gutters
The season is called fall for a reason. Once all of the leaves have fallen, clean them out of your gutter. You can use a hose to wash them out or a blower. Removing the leaves will prevent them from forming a blockage which could lead to ice building up and damaging your roof. While removing the leaves check for any holes or damage to the gutters. If there is damage it’s a good idea to fix it before snow and ice turn a small hole into a big problem. This is also a good time to make sure your shingles and any flashing around the chimney are secure and in good condition. If you think your roof may be in not so great shape, call a roofing specialist to asses if the damage needs to be fixed before winter or if it can wait until spring.
4. Organize the Attic
The attic is a hot and scary place in the summer, but the cooler temps make it not so bad. Spending time going through the items that have built up in the attic can uncover items you completely forgot about. A great way to make the attic easier to navigate is to use colored plastic bins. You could use green or red bins for all Christmas items, blue for summer items that you store away during the winter and any color you like for things that will be staying in the attic. You can also label boxes and storage containers. Knowing where everything is will make the attic a more useful space.
5. Interior Painting
Warmer breezy days are the perfect time to paint indoors. Let Mother Nature help to keep the fumes from becoming unbearable by opening up all windows and doors. The dryer air will help the paint dry evenly and more quickly.
6. Clean Out the Garage
One of the great things about winter is you don’t have to mow as often, so use this time to organize your lawn care items and clean out items you may no longer use. Once you complete your final mow of the season I highly recommend draining the gasoline from any equipment that uses it. No need to stink up your garage or have something flammable just sitting there all winter.
Winter will be here before you know it (unfortunately) so use this time to get your home ready. These simple projects can prevent major headaches in the freezing cold.