There are some household chores and upgrades that you have to do before the snow starts to fall. The moment that winter arrives, it will be too late. Here are three of them that you should get on right now:
1. Fix Up Your Concrete
Fall is the perfect time to fix up your concrete, whether it’s with your patio or driveway. You’ll want to patch up any cracks or breaks right away. When moisture from snow, ice and water gets into those vulnerable spots, the concrete is going to crack more, leaving you with more damage to cover up in the springtime.
You can’t plan for concrete fixes in the winter months because the material takes a long time to set in cold weather. At certain temperatures, the concrete doesn’t completely set, leaving you with a weak, cracked surface.
If your concrete is looking rough, you should call a local company to ask about their stamped concrete repair services. They can make your concrete patio or driveway look completely smooth again. Or you can take this opportunity to get a complete overhaul. Have them redo the concrete driveway or patio with some decorative flair. Your property will look better than ever.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Once the leaves start to fall off the trees, your gutters and eavestroughs are going to get clogged. So, you’re going to have to pull on your gardening gloves, grab a ladder and clean out those gutters. While you’re up on the ladder, you should check for signs of roofing trouble like droopy gutters and missing shingles. It’s hard to notice certain problems until you’re up close.
Why do you have to do this chore? One of the biggest reasons why you have to clean your gutters during the fall is that you don’t want to deal with water damage. The gutters are your roof’s drainage system. When they’re clogged, rainwater or melted snow can’t travel into the downspout and away from the foundation. It spills onto the roof, down the siding and into the basement.
3. Caulk Your Windows
Air leaks might not bother you that much during the fall. But the winter? You’ll definitely notice that your rooms feel frigid even when the furnace is running.
To check for air leaks, close all of your windows on a windy day. Then hold a lit stick of incense in front of the glass. If the incense smoke moves away from the window, you know for a fact that drafts are getting inside and sabotaging your indoor temperature.
To keep your rooms warm and comfortable, you should caulk your windows and seal up those pesky air leaks before the weather gets too cold. Remove the old, dried caulk first by scraping it off with a putty knife. Wipe down the area. Use a caulk gun to apply a strip along the edges of the window, then smooth it out using a damp rag.
The clock is ticking. Now’s the right time to get out your fall to-do list and check these responsibilities off.