It should come as no surprise that around Byers when we think of winterizing, we think of your gutters and roofs as really primary areas that protect a home, keep your family and possessions protected, and help save money on energy. Take advantage of these lovely fall days with some simple outdoor home prep:
- Gutters Clogged gutters can lead to many types of serious damage or problems during winter. Prevent damage and drainage problems by cleaning your gutters, or hiring a professional to be sure your gutters and downspouts are in good working order. Making certain your run-off channels are in order before a storm or a freeze makes life much more pleasant.
- Tree Health Consider hiring a professional tree service to properly trim back branches and ensure your yard stays strong and healthy until spring. Winter storms can weigh down trees and branches with ice and snow – anything located close to the sides of your home that could cause damage should be removed. Prep your yard for cooler temperatures by covering outdoor furniture, shutting off water valves, and storing your garden hose.
- Start your Furnace For many of us in NorCal, the furnace sleeps through the summer months. Now is the time to change filters and test the system. This way, when that first cold storm comes in you will be ready. Many heating companies have long waits for service calls during the first cold snap.
- Clean your Chimney Whether you have a fully functioning wood burning stove or one you use only occasionally, this is the time to be certain your chimney is clean and ready to go. Contact your local professional and get this key service on the calendar.
- Leaks and Drafts Walk through your home with both a careful eye to possible water damage from last season and drafts. Watch for water damage especially around skylights. Ceiling water damage is usually easier to spot than water damage in a basement. Know the condition of your roof. Many roofs have a lifetime of around 20 years. If your roof has cracked, curled, or missing shingles, damaged flashing or signs of wind/rain damage, it could be vulnerable to leaks, which could result in water damage. If you see any of these tell-tale signs, contact the roofing professional of your choice for an inspection and if needed, a repair or estimate. Repairs can be simple while dry, but complex once the rainy season starts. Adding weatherstripping or caulking to remove unwanted air leaks and drafts can also drastically cut down on your energy costs.
- Alarm Batteries Developing a routine time, such as Daylight Saving Time, to check your fire and smoke alarm batteries make certain these important systems are working. Checking on flashlight batteries is also a good idea, so these are ready in the case of a power outage.
We hope this helps you get ready for safe and enjoyable transition through autumn into winter.
Remember, Byers is here to help with your home roofing, gutter, and solar energy needs.