Your home will benefit from you doing things to prepare it for winter. Everything on the list of fall home maintenance tips below is simple, and helps to prevent damage.
One of the most damaging things to our homes is small amounts of water over long periods of time. Some of the tips below address this.
Other tips both reduce your energy bill, and make your home more comfortable for you and your family.
Reduce air leakage
All homes leak air. The faster your home leaks air, the more it costs you to heat your home. This is because the warm air inside leaks out faster. Reducing air leakage reduces your energy bill.
- Update the weather sealing around your doors and windows.
- Install foam inserts behind the face plates of all your outlets and switches.
- Seal exterior cracks around windows and doors with clear paintable caulking.
Reduce water damage
Water is the #1 enemy of your home repair budget.
- Go around the outside of your house with a caulking gun full of clear paintable caulk, and seal any and all cracks that might let water in. Be especially attentive around doors, windows, and anything that penetrates the exterior of your home (mostly pipes).
- Inside the house, check for water leaks everywhere there is water. Feel the valves under the sinks and behind the toilets. Are they moist? If so, change them now. It will cost more to ignore them for now and change them later. Feel the drains under the sinks. Are they wet? If so, find the leaks and fix them now. It will cost more to fix them later.
- Check the caulking in your bathrooms. Is it intact? Will it keep the water where it should be and not let it creep into where it should not be?
- Clear your gutters of debris. When your gutters are full of debris, they hold water. If the water reaches the roof sheathing, it wicks up into the roof sheathing. When your roof sheathing stays wet, it starts to rot. This is be a VERY EXPENSIVE future repair as the fix is to remove a section of roof shingles, replace the rotted sheathing, then reroof.
Other useful fall home maintenance tips can be found on the blog of Inside-Out Designs, an interior and exterior design company based in Los Gatos, CA.
If you have such maintenance issues and don’t have time to attend to them, consider using us. The contractors and handymen in our network do great work.