Fall is a great time for you to take care of exterior home maintenance tasks. This is especially important before the days get shorter and the weather gets colder. You can use this helpful home maintenance checklist to keep your home in top condition this winter.
Ensure that you drain your garden hoses before storing them and inspect the outside faucets for drips. Faucets can freeze easily, so if you can shut off water to these spots, it is a smart decision.
Invest in some exterior caulk, which goes with the colour of your house and carefully walk around your house. Check cracks around your siding, seal cracks around wire entries and faucets, and around doors and windows. Once you have cracks sealed, you are preventing heat from getting out of your house and incurring huge energy bills. As a bonus, this approach can help you prevent moisture from entering into your house through these cracks that can result in mould formation and structural damage.
Ensure that you check your fire pit entirely during the fall. You should make sure everything is clean and in good working order. Always contact an expert if you are unsure what to check for. A clean and fully functioning fire pit is a lot more fun when the winter season comes.
While checking your roof, you can also take a bit of time and clean your gutters. Debris and leaves let in your gutters can cause ice dams during the winter. It can stop water from draining properly or cause the gutters to get damaged and fall. Cleaning these areas can help prevent damage to your exterior walls, gutters, and your roof.
Trimming shrubs benefits your home in two major ways. Firstly, trimming back your shrubbery will ensure the following year has a great growth season. Secondly, when you keep plants trimmed back from touching your home, it will guarantee additional moisture is not getting on your siding.
If your roof is easily accessible, you need to look at it for any possible issues. Check out shingles that are loose, cracked, or buckled. When you replace these before the winter comes can save you from making costly roof fixes in spring. You also need to look around the chimney and air vents to ensure that the seals are intact.
After you are done with the roof, ensure that your drainage areas and drain sprouts are positioned properly. You will not want water to pool around the foundation of your house. The pooling may seep into your home foundation and freeze, resulting in water damage and cracks.
Have an annual maintenance done on your furnace. All the circuits should be inspected, and the filters changed. An annual maintenance service is a lot more cost-effective compared to a crisis call on a very cold day, or needing to replace the whole unit during winter, especially when it comes to Edmonton winters!
Following these easy steps will help you survive the winter season in Alberta, with fewer expensive repairs and help keep your house in excellent working condition. For more information on home exterior maintenance tips contact MCM Home for any questions.