Us home owners never look forward to putting our homes ‘to bed’ for the winter. Here is a list of things you should complete for the long rainy season here on the Island.
Inspect the roof
When the seasons rains arrive, few things make the season more miserable than a leaky roof.
Experts recommend doing a visual inspection of your roof, either from the ground with binoculars or heading up there with a ladder. Look for bent, cracked or missing shingles and replace them.
If there are a lot of those, and you know your roof is old, consider having it replaced. It may be costly, but so is water damage from leaks.
While you’re up there, DIY Network recommends paying special attention to areas around skylights, chimneys or vents.
Clean moss of the roof
Because of all the moisture this year in our area, a lot of local roofs have the lovely green stuff growing. Leaving moss on your roof causes the shingles to lift, allowing moisture to infiltrate your attic and can over time cause damage to the shingles.
You can take care of the moss in a few ways…..
- The most effective method of cleaning algae and moss from a roof is with a 50:50 mix of laundry strength liquid chlorine bleach and water. Apply with a sprayer and allow the solution to dwell on the roof surface for 15 to 20 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with low pressure water. Leaving the mixture on for long periods can damage the shingles!
- Hire a professional.
Clean the gutters
When the leaves are done falling, you’ll save a lot of hassle by pulling out the ladder again and clearing out your roof gutters.
Clogged or clear, the water from fall and early winter rains won’t stop coming. Clearing the gutters allows rainwater to drain properly through your downspouts, rather than spilling over the sides and potentially getting into your home’s foundation.
For a less-gunky job, wait for dryer weather to clear out the dried leaves.
And speaking of downspouts, check them for leaks, and make sure they direct water away from the foundation, not to mention pathways and driveways.
Clean the yard
You won’t be getting much use out of your backyard, so fall is a good time to remove things that won’t do well when the heavy rains come.
Move or cover backyard furniture that you know won’t react well to the cold and wet.
Your lawnmower doesn’t like those conditions either, so move all outdoor tools inside.
Put away the hoses
If your hoses are no longer needed, put them away for the season. This helps them last longer and also makes the yard tidy.
Inspect exterior for cracks
Fall is the best time to do this, not just because of the seasons rains, but with an eye to the spring as well.
Walk around and have a look for cracks or gaps. Take a good look at doors, windows, and entry points of wires or cables. Sealing these off will save you headaches later.
Don’t delay too long in doing so, as caulking is best done before it gets too cold.
Check the heating sources
You’ve prepped the outside of your home against the rigors of the cold, now it’s time to focus on keeping the interior toasty.
Change out the air filter on your furnace (and stock up on spares), and call in an inspector to give the system a once-over, as well as check for signs of carbon monoxide buildup.
Next, check all your heating ducts and vents for dust build-up, and peek inside to see if anything fell into them over the past season. Every bit of extra clearance helps.
Replace batteries in smoke / co2 detectors
I know you do not need to be reminded about checking your smoke detectors and such, but just encase… Please check your smoke and CO2 detectors!