29 Oct 6 Fall Maintenance Musts
Fall is here! Can you feel it? (Have your friends gotten wrapped up in watching football?)
It’s starting to get dark earlier, and it’s a little cooler outside, but we still have some nice days left. Now’s the perfect time to take care of some DIY home tasks before the rain sets in for good.
Try these five easy fall maintenance projects on an upcoming weekend to keep your house in peak condition through the winter. You don’t want to be caught off guard when a storm hits!
1. Check for peeling paint
Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. When left unattended, the siding will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs.
2. Inspect the roof
Make sure to check out your roof. Look for missing and loose shingles. Remember, your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. It’s better to deal with repairs than to discover a leaky roof during a rainstorm.
3. Service your fireplace
With a fireplace, you need to make sure it’s serviced every fall. Many fires start with a dirty chimney. It’s best to get a chimney sweeper out and get it maintained before you start using it again. (Plus, you don’t want Santa to get dirty, do you?)
4. Seal the driveway
Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. This will help you extend the life of the asphalt.
5. Clean the gutters
All year, your gutters get clogged up with dirt and debris. Clogged gutters may get heavy enough to pull loose, creating an access point for water to rot and deteriorate the newly exposed wood. Overflowing water can also damage softscapes, hardscapes and the foundation. Plus, standing debris in gutters invites mosquitoes and carpenter ants. Make sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year.
6. Trim Trees
Trim trees – a good maintenance activity in the early fall when the branches are full and heavy with leaves and local leaf depots are up and running. Waiting until the leaves fall may seem beneficial, however, bare trees will not clearly show where trimming is necessary. You can also mulch vulnerable trees/plants. Add an excessive layer of mulch to help young and vulnerable plants through the harsh winter conditions. Buy or rent a shredding machine and combine this activity with tree trimming to recycle the downed branches into free mulch.
One last thing! Don’t forget to remove your hose for winter. Otherwise this can happen:
We at Cornerstone Builders want to know: What’s your “must do” home project to prepare for winter? Tell us in the comments!