We know that winter can be painful to even think about. And, some of us would rather wait until the first snowfall to face the reality of its arrival. Unfortunately, that’s never a good idea when it comes to winterizing your home. The reality is that fall is outdoor maintenance time, and once the leaves begin to change, it’s time to face the music and get your home ready for the onslaught of winter weather before it appears. To help ensure you cover your bases, here are our top must-do fall outdoor maintenance tasks.
Store Summer Items
Any garden equipment, lawn chairs, barbeque equipment, and other summer items should be taken down/away around mid-season and stored until next year. Also, don’t forget to drain any gas-powered tools before putting them away. We also recommend tidying up your shed and garage to prevent mould and rust from developing.
Clean Out Gutters
The combination of leaves, rain, and wind can create serious blockages throughout your eavestrough system. And without clearing them out, you could be facing bigger problems, like water damage, in the near future. Ensure the gutters are cleaned out and that your system and downspouts are functioning properly to divert water away from your home (we don’t clean gutters ourselves, but we can delegate this task for you to the best of the best).
Apply Weather Stripping & Caulking
After the hot summer season, your weather stripping and caulking can begin to deteriorate, leaving gaps and cracks along the edges of your windows and doors. Make sure you address this before the first frost and winter dampness hits! Spend a moment inspecting and reapplying weather stripping or caulking to any areas that are prone to drafts to keep your home air-tight and comfortable. That way, you’re better prepared for the colder seasons of the year and also get the most value out of your heating system.
Once the ground becomes blanketed in snow and ice, wobbly interlock and paths can become treacherous. If you have any broken or uneven pathways, stairs, or if your porch requires some maintenance, have them seen to now before they get buried in snow. Getting a professional handyman or renovator to ensure a smooth, safe way to access all entrances and exits on your property is essential to being prepared for emergencies – including safe escapes in the event of a fire and welcoming family over the Christmas holidays!
Leaves and sticks stuck in your laundry room exhaust? Or, has that tree overgrown and blocked an air vent? When that furnace is on and a sideways blizzard is occurring outside, the last thing you want to do is head out and make sure your ventilation is in working order. We’re talking about exhaust pipes, intake vents and the like, which work to ensure fresh, clean air enters your home and stale old air is filtered out. Otherwise, you could encounter various health and wellness issues, and nobody wants that!
Prepare Your Garden
Finally, if you have shrubs and trees in your yard, now’s the time to trim them and apply burlap to buffer them from the weather. Don’t forget to cut any overhanging branches over sidewalks and areas of your home to prevent injury or damage to your roof and surrounding structures.
For a maintenance-free fall season, give us a call at To Do-Done instead of tackling that large list of tasks on your own! Our team of experts can take care of just about any outdoor maintenance projects you need – big or small. We also perform interior maintenance and complete renovations. Contact us today to learn more!