The temperatures are dropping, and you are ready to hunker down inside for the colder months of the year. But before Winter sneaks up on you, it's essential to use Fall to prep your home's exterior. By doing so, you can help the exterior weather the cold so the interior stays toasty. To get started, follow this simple checklist.
Store your lawn tools
Once you are no longer using them, be sure to properly store your lawn mower, hoses, weed whacker, and other tools. For your lawn mower, or any other tool that uses fuel, be sure to invest in a fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel from damaging the engine.
Repair the doors and windows
Any cracks and gaps that appeared during the rest of the year will become problematic in the Winter. So, Fall is the time to seal them. Close any gaps and address any damage in the exterior frame, then inspect the interior as well.
Schedule last-minute gutter cleaning
Fall leaves and other debris clog your gutters during the Fall, which can be a nightmare for your home. In fact, clogged gutters are the top cause of basement flooding. This is because when the gutters can't collect the water, it runs right onto the ground and through the foundation. Our Cincinnati gutter cleaning professionals are available to help.
Inspect the home's foundation
With that said, it's also important to seal your foundation tightly, since your gutters aren't the only threat to this part of the home. Months from now, when all of the snow finally melts, you want to have a strong barrier in place.
Address any roof damage
Keep an eye out for buckling or missing shingles, a sagging roof, or other signs of damage. Now is also the time to address these issues.
By staying vigilant and carefully inspecting your home's exterior, you can be ready for the cold months ahead. This is even easier when you have Cincy Gutter Boys on your side.