Here at Lifetime Investments in Mesa, AZ, we know that there are things that you need to do to your home in the fall to prepare it for the winter months. For that reason, we have decided to give you a little reminder of some of them.
When it comes to the exterior of your home, yo should start at the top. Make sure that your roof is looking good. Inspect it for any loose or missing shingles. The roof is your home’s first line of defense and when it doesn’t function properly, you can get water damage from leaks and this can lead to the drywall, wood and insulation deteriorating as well as to the vulnerability of things like the HVAC systems, plumbing, and electrical systems. It is much easier to deal with pesky little repairs in the fall as opposed to discovering that you have a leaky roof right in the middle of a rain or snow storm in the winter. If you are concerned with safety, hire a professional to check it and make repairs for you.
Once the leaves have fallen from the trees, it will be tie to clean out those down spouts and gutters. Flush them thoroughly with water and then inspect all of the joints and tighten any hardware if necessary. A leading cause for ice dams is clogged gutters. Replace damaged or old ones with new ones that have leaf guards built in.
If you have a pool, inspect the cover for any damage and if you find it necessary, replace it.
If you have a garage, weather strip the door. Ensure that the seal between the ground and the door is tight in order to prevent drafts but also to keep small animals from creeping inside to find shelter.