All good things, including summer, must come to an end. As the days grow shorter and the temperature plummets, take these steps to ensure your home is prepared for yet another gorgeous season in McCall.
- Avoid unexpected headaches by properly maintaining your home’s gutters, roof and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can easily lead to flooding from heavy rain or melting snow. To prevent clogs, add leaf guards on gutters and direct water away from your home with downspout extensions. Water can also enter through the roof. Hire a professional to thoroughly inspect your roof before the season’s first major storm.
- Ensure your furnace and fireplaces are in top working order with a visit from your trusted HVAC professional. Set a reminder to change the furnace filters monthly and never leave flammable materials in the surrounding area. Last but not least, test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change out the batteries so they can protect you and your loved ones all year long.
- Walk your property, keeping a keen eye for trees that need to be pruned. Branches hanging too close to your roof, windows, driveway and electrical wires can break under snow and ice, causing damage to your property and many inconveniences to your family. Now is also the time to move potted plants indoors and plant your spring bulbs so they are not lost to frost.
- Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder with proper insulation of windows and doors. Drafts can inflate your homes energy use by 5 to 30 percent. Consider switching out your summer screens for glass window replacements, or installing storm windows. If necessary, add weather stripping to doorframes to keep cold air from seeping into your home.
- The last thing you want to deal with is a burst pipe. Use fiberglass, pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or heating tape to keep pipes insulated through fall and winter. Make a habit of draining garden hoses, air conditioner pipes and other lines during winter months. Also make sure to shut of the AC water valve and the water valve to your house to avoid frozen pipes.
Of course, Whitetail Club members can always rely on our team of qualified and professional staff to assist with a variety of residential services, including landscaping, housekeeping and engineering.