Now that fall is really starting to get into full swing, it’s time to start thinking about what fall maintenance tasks need to get done around your house. Usually, fall maintenance tasks are meant to best prepare your home for the winter, when outdoor tasks can’t be accomplished very well. And since it’s hard to predict when the first freeze and snowfall will happen in many locations, it’s wise to get going on your fall maintenance tasks early.
To help you know where to best focus your efforts, here are three home maintenance tasks to do this fall.
Take Care Of Leaves And Other Debris
Fall gets its name due to all the falling leaves that come off of the trees when the seasons change. And while you can allow fall leaves to stay on your lawn if you so choose, it’s best to clear all of this type of debris out of your gutters in order to protect your home and property.
When leaves and other debris are left in your gutters, it can be hard for water to flow through your gutters as it should. So when you get fall rains and then winter snow, you could wind up with major backup problems that are much harder to deal with than cleaning out your gutters. So to ensure that you nip all of these issues in the bud, make sure you take the time to get your gutters clean in the fall season.
Check On Your Roof
When you’re up there cleaning out your gutters, you might as well take a look at the rest of your roof to make sure that it will be able to withstand whatever the winter season brings your way.
After summer storms, it can be easy for vulnerabilities to be made in your roof. You may be missing shingles, dealing with moss, or have issues near your chimney that really should be dealt with before the bad winter weather comes your way. If you notice anything amiss up there, make sure you get it taken care of as quickly as possible.
Guard Against Drafts
While you may have welcomed a cool breeze blowing through your home in the summer, this is the last thing you’re going to want to experience in the fall and winter.
One way you can see if you have any drafts around windows and other places in your home is to put a piece of paper in the space. If you can easily move that paper when the window is closed, you’re going to want to do some additional weatherproofing around that area so that you can keep any drafts out.
If you want to make sure your home is ready for fall and winter weather, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get everything as it should be.