When it comes to fall outdoor maintenance, there are a few items you won’t want to forget. To have the best chance at preventing winter damage, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to be careful to avoid.
Gutters & downspouts provide the all important job of whisking water away from your home. Downspouts are needed for proper drainage. Water should be diverted away from your home by at least 4-5 feet to prevent possible foundation issues. Sometimes a downspout extender or splash block may also be needed. Possible clogs or damages should also be remedied so water can divert smoothly.
Gutters that are clogged or leaking means water is not properly being diverted away from your home. That could mean possible water damage in the future. Be sure to clear all twigs, leaves, branches, and other debris from your gutters. Check for any leaks, holes, loose gutter spikes, or other signs of damage. Make repairs where needed.
Trees Not Trimmed
Fall & winter storms can bring high winds, heavy rain, heavy snow, or even ice. Tree limbs that are low hanging, close to power lines, or hitting the roof can cause water damage or other destruction.
Pipes Not Drained & Covered
Freezing temperatures can take their toll on pipes which can lead to water damage. It’s important to drain your irrigation system & garden hoses. Hoses should also be disconnected from faucets.
If you are expecting a cold winter, it is also recommended that you wrap exterior pipes with heating tape and cover water valves with guards.
Not Repairing Damaged Pipes
The last thing you want in the cooler season is water damage. Being observant and taking good care of your pipes will help prevent leaks or bursts that can occur with freezing temperatures. If you notice any signs of wear and tear or damage, make repairs right away.
Know where your main water shut-off valve is located so that in the event of a burst pipe, leak, or flood, you can turn off the water quickly.
Giving your home a little TLC this fall can help to protect your home from possible damages that winter can bring.
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