Home repairs & check list - tips for Fall & Winter
By Rodney Camren
Remembering to turn back the clock is not the only thing a homeowner should remember to do during the cool months of fall and the some harsh months of winter. All too often we get in our groove of daily life and forget it’s not only our car that needs an oil change and tune up but our home needs general maintenance as well, especially when the temperature changes.
Drip drip drip isn’t quite the problem for leaky faucets during the summer. Even with some very cold and freezing nights it is recommended that you leave a faucet dripping to prevent the pipes from freezing and then busting. When water freezes it expands, pushing firmly against the walls of the pipes until they bust. A simple way of correcting this is to ensure you have fixed any leaks you may have now, insulate your pipes and insulate areas where cold winds or drafts could change the temperatures of your piping.
Caulking your windows and doors will really help you when it comes to your heat staying inside the home versus heating your neighborhood. This simple step may take a little time depending on how many windows and doors you have on your home. However this step will save money, keep the heat in and those unwanted critters out. Yes those little bugs don’t like the cold weather either and they will search your home for an entrance so they too can enjoy the heat you provide them.
Many of you think about cleaning carpets during the spring when it is “Spring Cleaning”. However, I feel now is the best time to clean those carpets. Why you ask? Well I am glad you did. It is because of the upcoming holidays. You will be entertaining for Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is best to clean those carpets now then to have your friends and family think badly of your soiled rugs. Another tip for this fall weather is to get up in the attic and do a little touch up cleaning there as well. Usually when spring and summer get here it is way too hot (as heat rises) to be in the attic and do anything for too long.
Your outside lighting is something that people seem to overlook. Now that the days are shorter and nightfall is here by the time you get out of 5 o’clock traffic it is important you can find your way to the front door. Outside lighting around your home can prevent you from falling or hurting yourself. Make sure your light bulbs have been changed and your motion lights are working.
I hope these tips have been helpful and as we go into the fall months I want to wish you and your family the best & safest holidays!
To reach Rodney Camren please call (404) 375-1496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.