August is already here and before you know it the leaves will start to change here in Kansas and temperatures will start to drop as summer transitions into autumn. That means it’s time to start thinking about ways to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead. Here are five ways you can get a head start and prepare your home for autumn.
Seals and Openings
Drafts coming in through your windows and doors can be a costly expense added onto your energy bills, so you’ll want to make sure your home is sealed up tight everywhere possible. A good trick is to hold a candle near your window and door frames to see if the light flickers at all. If the flame starts to move, you’ll need to replace seals or re-caulk any drafty areas. Also make sure to cover any window air conditioning units.
Summer storms and heat can take a toll on your roof. You’ll need to do a visual check for any loose shingles or other damage caused during the summer. Either do a check from the ground with a pair of binoculars or climb a ladder, whichever can be done safely, to see if you have any potential problems. If you leave these problems unchecked, it may lead to leaks and costly damage this autumn and winter.
Siding and Gutters
Your siding may have developed cracks, holes or other damage. Do a walk-around to see if any siding has become damaged or displaced and repair it. Your gutters and downspouts should also be checked for debris to make sure they are clogged. With the wettest weather of the year ahead, you won’t want clogged guttering and water pooling up near the house to create foundation problems. Make sure water flows easily away from the house.
Faucets, Hoses and Sprinklers
You won’t want to leave faucets and hoses out during colder weather, so disconnect and drain all garden hoses and shut off exterior faucets. Store your hoses in a warm dry place to prevent them from freezing. If you have a lawn irrigation system, you may need to have it drained and checked. Make sure sprinkler heads are clearly marked near snow removal areas.
Lawn and Trees
Check your trees for any loose or damaged limbs that may become a problem in the coming seasons. Clear any overgrown limbs near power lines or near your house that could fall and do damage. Spread fertilizer on your lawn before the cold weather hits to prevent spring weeds and any other damage. Ask a lawn service professional or your local lawn care store if you need assistance.
If you have any home remodeling projects you need to complete before autumn arises, call us here at All Seasons Construction at 316-685-1700 for a free project consultation.