Getting your home ready for the Fall can be the difference between enjoying the falling leaves and needing to call a storm damage restoration company. When you prepare your home for fall, you are simply taking precautions that would avoid your home suffering damage from the elements. Better safe than sorry, right? We like to think so. Preparing your home for fall is really easy, can be done in a few afternoons, and really goes a long way in protecting your home from water damage, storm damage, or any secondary damages like mold and mildew growth. All of which can be a large headache to deal with as a homeowner.
Clean Out Your Gutters
When was the last time you cleaned out your home’s rain gutters? When the seasons’ change and falling leaves and pine needles begin to land on your home, you need to be sure that they are not clogging your gutters. When rain gutters are clogged with leaves and pine needles, it can make it difficult for water to flow down the rain spouts. This is particularly dangerous when there are severe rain or snow storms where water can begin to pool on your roof. This can lead to one of two major problems. First, your roof may spring a leak from the pooling water. Alternatively, your gutters may become too heavy and rip away from your home.
Insulate Exposed Plumbing
Shorter days and cooler weather mean that there is more time for exposed pipes outdoors and in crawl spaces to freeze over. You could turn off your water main every time the temperature is going to take a drop, like in the evenings, but that’s a hassle that you don’t need to deal with every day. Instead, you can save a lot of time and money by insulating exposed pipes. Insulation can be purchased and your local hardware and home improvement store. This will keep exposed pipes from freezing, which can lead to bursting and, ultimately, water damage.
Seasonal Roof Inspections
Having an idea of what condition your home is in leading into the fall can provide you with peace of mind. We recommend having a seasonal roof inspection to ensure that there are no areas of your home where rain or pests could get in from the outside. This will keep your roof free of water damage and your home free of unwanted pests.
Cut Back Trees
During rainstorms, wind and lighting can cause tree branches and debris to come down on your property. It’s a good idea to have your trees trimmed going into the fall in order to prevent an incident where a tree branch comes crashing down on your home or car.
Review Storm Damage Preparation
Understanding the common dangers of water damage and storm damage is essential for preventing damage to your property. At Supreme Restoration, we publish regular tips and tricks on our blog to help you stay prepared for unforeseen storm damage. Preparing your home for fall takes preparation, and we’re here to help you understand what steps to take.