[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The temperatures are beginning to cool down and the trees are turning red, amber, and orange. Fall is almost here and it is time to look at ways to keep your home in good maintenance. Here are some tips that might be helpful.
While the weather is still good, make sure you check the exterior of your house. Stroll around and look at the foundation, siding, and roof. If you need to, ask a neighbor if you can walk through their property to get a good look at your house, especially the roof. If you notice anything questionable, find a professional to schedule an inspection and any repairs.
While the roofer is up giving the shingles and flashing a good check, have them look at the chimney. If there is not a chimney cap, have one installed to prevent critters from finding a warm place to winter over.
Since you are having professionals come by, have someone check your furnace and boiler. Be sure they are clean and in good working order for the season to come.
Clean all gutters and downspouts when most of the leaves have fallen. Clogged gutters will result in water rushing down the side of your house and damaging the siding and the area around your foundation. It can also back up under your roof for major problems.
Weatherstripping around doors and windows can help reduce heating costs. Door sweeps to exterior doors can also help reduce drafts and keep your home toasty.
Look in the attic and see if you need to increase the insulation and check for any roof damage at the same time. Even tiny gaps can be an invitation to insects and mice. Caulk all small holes and cover any larger areas with heavy-duty hardware cloth.
Check handrails to be sure they are firm. If not have them repaired. Negotiating stairs in snow and ice is bad enough and you don’t want a wobbly handrail to add to the difficulty. Check for cracks on walkways and drives. In addition to being easier to walk on, it makes it easier for snow removal.
Trees and shrubs need some attention too. Overhanging tree limbs can damage your roof during winter winds. If a branch breaks from snow, ice, or wind, it can come crashing into your home causing a lot of damage. Have anything taken care of after the first frost. Then any cuts will not be attractive to insect infestation. Shrubbery is usually close to the house. Constant blowing will make it rub against the siding causing damage. Just pruning them back some will also protect the plant from breakage.
Stock up on supplies. Check your vehicle’s emergency kit and be sure there are blankets and scrapers available. Look at your snow shovels and have them repaired or replace as necessary. Be sure your snow blower is operational and you have appropriate fuel.
Remove any window air conditioning units. If that is not possible, be sure they are completely covered with an insulating wrap.
This is also a good time to replace any batteries in flashlights, smoke detectors, HVAC controls, and portable radios.
If you suspect your roof requires repair or replacement, please contact our Ottawa roofing team today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]