Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of summer. You might not have seen many leaves starting to turn just yet, but there’s no denying that the nights are getting cooler. Fall will be here before you know it. Now’s a great time to start thinking about what you need to do to prepare your home for fall. Any responsible homeowner should follow these tips to minimize damage to your home as the weather changes.
You may think it’s a little bit early to start thinking about lighting a fire. But Maryland weather is notoriously unpredictable, and you might find yourself having that urge as soon as October. Before you light a fire, you should consider getting a professional chimney inspection. This is one of the simplest things you can do to prevent chimney fires, which have to potential to evolve into full-on house fires.
Look for Drafts
Speaking of your chimney, you may have noticed a considerable amount of cold air around your fireplace. This is because chimneys are actually one of the most common sources of drafts in your home. If that’s the case, a chimney damper could do the trick. But be sure to check throughout your house, too. When the weather gets cooler, try running your hand along doors and windows to see if you can feel the cold air. This can go a long way to helping you save energy this fall and winter.
Winterize Your Pool
Just like boats, pools have to be winterized, too. That said, the process of pool winterization is totally different. The process is not exactly simple, but here are some of the basics. Once you get on top of the chemistry of the water, you should skim and vacuum your pool and lower the waterline. After that, you should remove water from the plumbing pipes to prevent damage from freezing. Finally, cover up your pool until the weather warms up again.
Check Your Gutters
Especially as the leaves start to fall, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re taking proper care of your gutters. First, you should check for any signs of obvious damage in case they need replacement. Then, once the leaves have fallen, be sure to clean them. Broken or clogged gutters can lead to water entering your home, which in turn can encourage the growth of mold and mildew. It’s better to stay on top of your gutters now than to let the problem get out of control.
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