Advertisements

End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tips For Homeowners

File Photo

Preparing your home for potential mishaps is a surefire way to maintain its safety while saving you money. However, when it comes to guarding your house against what cold weather can bring, it’s all about sprucing up the tight ends to make the cooler seasons a bit more enjoyable.

Nothing quite says autumn like being able to relax into your home without the hassle of faultiness, which is why considering these tips will be most helpful so you can eventually fall back, relax, and welcome whatever weather conditions come your way.

Clearing Gutters and Downspouts

Clearing the gutters helps your home to maintain its structure and allows run-off so that water isn’t accumulating on your roof.

Additionally, downspouts redirect water away from your home, onto the ground, which helps to prevent precipitation from settling into the walls of your home, which can lead to mold, a breakdown in the foundation and other hazardous conditions.

Depending on your home’s location, size of labor, type of job, and kind of material used, prices may vary. You may opt to clean gutters yourself or have them done professionally. How often your gutters will require a cleaning depends on the type of trees you have around the home.

Clean Out the Fireplace

Your chimney needs cleaning every year. Not doing so will encourage a buildup of mineral deposits which could ignite, leading to a potentially volatile house fire. when you put your fireplace to use. It’s best to hire someone to do a chimney sweep who can assess how deep of a clean your fireplace needs and to make sure that it is structurally intact. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to clean and inspect a chimney or fireplace is $149 – $375 in Bristol.

Secure Your Faucets and Pipes

Leaving your garden hoses screwed into outside faucets can cause a backup of water to re-enter the pipelines in your home. Additionally, freezing temperatures could cause that water to turn to ice, causing burst pipes. If this occurs then the pipes within your home can become damaged, as well, and can lead to leaks within the walls of your home, as well as cracks and mold.

Turn off valves that lead to outdoor faucets as a means to guard against freezing temperatures that can block the waterways and damage your indoor piping system. Installing pipe insulation will also help protect your pipes from the cold and save on energy, as well.

Seal Off Your Home

Air leakage is inevitable and can be caused by a number of things from an uneven foundation to pressure changes within the house. Leaks can occur in the walls, ceilings, around lighting, within the chimney, windows, floors, and cabinets. Leakages can also inadvertently cost you tons of money, and may even lead to more damage if not taken care of right away.  

Sealing your home is another energy saver that can keep the air conditions within your home at an optimal level, especially for those who suffer from allergies. Additionally, bugs and cold drafts can also come into your home when areas of tightness aren’t properly maintained.

However, with quality caulk to seal off the indoor or outdoor areas of your home, your home will remain much warmer.

By preparing your home for the cooler months, you’re ensuring a healthy home for yourself and your family.

Kick off the end of summer by considering these home maintenance tips.

Bret Engle

DIYGuys

Advertisements

The Roundup is a popular weekly magazine covering central Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and more.

 

The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.

 

The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she’ll file lawsuit

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she’ll file lawsuit

ATLANTA  — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia’s closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for “gross mismanagement” of a bitterly fought election. The speech Abrams delivered at her campaign headquarters Friday evening marked the close of the 44-year-old attorney and former lawmaker’s unsuccessful attempt to make history as America’s first black woman governor. […]

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally in theaters

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally in theaters

NEW YORK  — Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace,” which had been lost to the archives until Elliott spent decades restoring it so it could finally be seen. But then, through lawyers, he got word that the Queen of Soul herself was trying to prevent the film from being shown. Elliott’s business partner, Tirrell Whittley, recalls […]

Snowstorm slams Eastern US, killing 8 and knocking out power

Snowstorm slams Eastern US, killing 8 and knocking out power

A strong wintry storm still was dumping snow Friday in far northern New England after creating traffic havoc that claimed at least eight lives across the country’s eastern half and knocked out power for tens of thousands of people. A mix of rain, snow and ice that initially hit the Midwest caused headaches from the South to the Northeast, leaving up to a foot of snow in some parts of the latter and widespread freezing rain and ice accumulations elsewhere. […]

Navy SEAL charged with murder, shooting at noncombatants

Navy SEAL charged with murder, shooting at noncombatants

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher is being charged by the Navy with stabbing and murdering a wounded person, shooting at noncombatants, posing for a photo and performing his re-enlistment ceremony next to a dead body. Gallagher is being charged with various violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice while deployed to Mosul, Iraq, in 2017, related to the various incidents. Gallagher “did … with premeditation, murder a wounded male person” under his care by “stabbing him in the neck and body […]

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.