The fall is a wonderful time to be outside. Brisk mornings, splendid warm days and spectacular fall colors mark the transition from summer to winter a joy. But there are a few chores which homeowners need to take care off to make sure they do not have any surprises on those cold stormy nights or the early spring thaw coming next year.
Here are some tips to help keep your home dry this fall and winter.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are not comfortable, or do not have the required skills and knowhow, then working on your roof, around tree, and power lines can be dangerous. Please use all required safety equipment and contact your local utility if needed. Otherwise hire a professional to make sure the work is done properly and safely.
Keep your roof free from leaves, twigs, and other litter to allow for proper drainage. Make sure air can flow freely through all soffit and roof vents. This will reduce the build-up of heat and moisture and help extend the life of the roof.
Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof or providing excessive shade. Excessive shade over moist or damp areas can lead to moss and mould growth on your roof and home.
Replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
Watch for damage in valley areas of the roof, and around the flashing at chimneys, vents, and other junctions. This is an area which will see the presents of snow and rain in the coming months. These junction points are usually one of the first areas to be effects do to the large amount of water flowing over and down them.
Check your attic around flues, plumbing vents, and chimneys for roof leaks, especially if you’ve noticed water stains on the ceiling. Call a professional if you are unsure or concerned about working on your roof.
Clean debris from your gutters and downspouts, and inspect them regularly. Think about installing gutter shields if your gutters frequently fill with debris.
Place splash blocks at the end of downspouts to carry water away from the foundation, or add an extra length of downspout if necessary. As a home owner you do not want to have all the water which is flowing off of your roof draining into your foundation. You want to move this water as far away from the house as possible. Also fill in any low spots next to the house to help water drain away from the foundation.
Before the temperature reaches freezing overnight it is a good time to disconnect garden hoses from all spigots and turn off each spigot’s water supply.
Check and replace any damaged caulk around windows or doors. This will help to keep both water and cold air out!
Please remember if you are unsure, unsteady, or concerned about working on or around your roof, contact a professional.