By conducting appropriate preparation measures on your home, you may be able to save up to 30% off your energy bill. To prevent drafts, weather stripping and caulking the home is one method for example. Whether you are looking to better protect your home this winter or looking to get the home ready for sale soon, preparing the home for winter with a few fall maintenance steps can keep your home in better condition. Below, we at JMark Inspections would like to share a few of the top fall maintenance tasks to clean and update your home in order to get it cold weather ready.
Importance of Fall Roof & Siding Inspections
The roof and siding materials can suffer deformities such as warping, fading, chipping, and other issues due to sun exposure and summer weather. Be sure to look for cracks or other signs damages. If any anomalies are found, be sure to have them repaired as soon as possible. Not only can these weaknesses influence leaks in the roof, but your can lose your heating as it seeps out the cracks as well as invite pests in that are looking to escape predators, cooling temperatures, and the scarcity of food and water.
Chimney Inspection & Cleaning
If you have a chimney, now is the time to make certain it is cleaned and ready for use during the winter months. The risk of fire and other safety concerns increases in the event there is any blockage, if any residues accumulated, or if any pests moved in and built a nest. During the cleaning, an inspection can also be done to ensure the chimney is not damaged as well.
Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance
Anything that blocks water flow in the gutters such as leaves, sticks, dirt, mud, and other debris needs to be cleaned out. To prevent water damage, mold growth, and even rust, and any other costly repair needs, cleaning the gutters is essential, especially once all of the leaves have fallen. If you notice the gutters are in need of maintenance besides the cleaning, be sure it is done before the coldness of winter sets in.
Assess Weather Stripping & Caulking
Doors and windows need to be kept well-sealed, especially in the winter, otherwise, the heat you spent your money on will seep out the cracks, and pests can slip in. During colder months, the windows and doors may become slightly detached from their frames, making it vital that you know they are properly attached at the beginning of the season.
Hardwood Floor Buckling & Other Damage After Summer Humidity
Floors may be showing some signs of wear and tear with all the heat and moisture of the summer months. Wood floors showing signs of wear, dullness, scratch, scuffs or damaged should be refinished/repaired by a professional.
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When it comes to your home’s performance and efficiency, call JMark Inspections and let our certified experts inspect your home. Whether you are a buyer, seller or just want help in maintaining your property; we can help you find issues that might need improving this fall and help you keep your home in excellent condition. Contact us today!