Prepare Your Home for Fall
As autumn approaches, take the time to prepare your home and yard for the upcoming cool temperature. It is a good idea to take preventative measures against mold and water damage during the autumn months, especially if you plan to leave your home unoccupied during a vacation.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your home cool and clean during the fall:
Keep It Warm
Have an HVAC professional inspect your furnace for leaks, change the filter, and check the heating efficiency so you won’t end up with no heat on a cold autumn day. Preventative services can save you from emergency problems and keep your current system up to date. It is a good idea to keep your cooling and heating system maintained as the seasons change, even if the system is new.
Cover your outside A/C unit as you prepare for winter and its services are no longer needed. Check for drafts within the house and replace worn seals. You may need to replace your current drapes with heavier materials for drafty windows.
Inspect Major Appliances
Inspect all major appliances to make sure they are functioning properly and not leaking. Begin by inspecting under the sink because it is the most dangerous area. The garbage disposal, dishwasher, and refrigerator are all appliances that commonly leak as they degrade over time, so be sure to assess them, too. Flush your water heater and inspect it for leaks or cracks.
Leaks are common in old appliances that are not checked very often, so if this is the case, you may have water damage. Call a water damage restoration professional if you discover that an appliance has caused water damage in your home or business.
If you’re going away for vacation, set your thermostat to a warm temperature in order to protect your pets, furnishings, and plants. Inspect all major appliances before you leave and unplug small appliances to prevent a breakdown.
Mold growth is a concern for homeowners and business owners any time of year and especially so when the seasons are changing. Mold weakens the structure of the home and increases the risk for health issues, so it is important to keep your home or business mold-free.
Buy a dehumidifier to remove the moisture from your home. Purchase a dehumidifier that is the correct size for the room you plan to put it and avoid dehumidifiers that overflow if you fail to empty it. You may want to consider buying a dehumidifier with a tube that you can connect to a drain, so it empties on its own. You can also ventilate high moisture areas, avoid long and hot showers, and buy home humidification or ventilation system if you don’t already have one.
Dehumidifiers can greatly reduce the moisture in your home, which is helpful if you want to avoid mold and the health-related problems associated with it. If you suspect you have mold in your home or business, call a mold remediation professional.
Autumn is an important time of year for yard maintenance because of the excess leaves and cold weather. Start by performing basic lawn maintenance like removing leaves and other growth from all gutters and drains to prevent overflow damage. Performing a thorough cleaning of your exterior drainage systems will also prevent water damage if it is not working properly or moving the water into your yard. You may want to consider installing storm drains in your yard and getting downspout extenders for your gutters.
Call a tree service to make an appointment for a tree trimming because trees with unstable branches and an abundance of leaves can cause serious damage if it crashed through your home or car. Clean and power wash your deck, patio, and siding to remove leftover pollen from pollen season and protect them with new sealant or stain.
Inspect the exterior siding of your home for holes or cracks and have them repaired. Use binoculars or, if necessary, a ladder to check your roof for leaks or loose shingles. You may need to remove debris and leaves from the roof to get a close look. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional if you use your fireplace often during the fall.
There are lots of options for preparing your home and yard for fall that will make your property more functional for the upcoming season. If your preventative measures do not work and you experience water damage or mold in your home, call our disaster restoration services at (512) 765-9630.