7 Tips to Prep Your Home for the Fall

 As the seasons change, your home undergoes variations in temperature, weather conditions, and numerous other factors that could greatly impact home maintenance. Because of this, it’s important to keep track of the many tasks that need to be done during the fall season.

Whether it’s indoor or outdoor work to be done, homeowners know that taking care of small issues before they become bigger ones can not only save them from many home repairs, but also save them from spending hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs.

To make sure you keep your home in great shape while also keeping plenty of money in your pocket, here are several of the best tips you can use to prep your home for the fall season.

Clean Your Gutters and Drainage Pipes

7 Tips to Prep Your Home for the FallTo avoid having the foundation of your home sustain any damage, be sure to clean your gutters and drainage pipes each fall. Otherwise, the first heavy rain will produce plenty of water pouring over the front of your gutters, which if left unchecked could begin to damage your home’s foundation.

Whether it’s leaves, pine needles, tree branches, or other debris, having a clean gutter will make life much easier. While cleaning out the gutters, make sure you examine them to see if there are any loose sections that need to be repaired or replaced. Along with this, clean out your drainage pipes as well, since they are responsible for carrying water away from your home’s foundation.

Remove All Outdoor Hoses

While many people may remember to clean out their gutters during the fall, there are just as many if not more people who fail to put away their outdoor hoses. Because of this, not only do the hoses become damaged, but also the faucets and pipes used with the hoses. Since the hoses always have some water left in them after being used, failing to disconnect them will allow the water to freeze once the temperatures start dropping.
When this happens, the hoses will become damaged and the pipes may freeze, causing them to burst. If this happens, not only will the pipes need replacing, but the walls where they are located will also need repairs. To keep this from happening, it’s always a good idea to disconnect all outdoor hoses from faucets and store them in a dry location, keeping them in good condition for the following year.

Schedule Water Heater Maintenance

Often the most expensive appliance in a home, the water heater always requires regular maintenance in order to stay in excellent working condition. However, because it rarely has any obvious problems, most people fail to schedule regular water heater maintenance. To ensure no problems present themselves at the most inopportune times, it’s best to contact a plumber to schedule a service call.

This is extremely important for homeowners who live in areas where hard water may be present, since this can cause extra amounts of sediment to build up inside the tank. By having the tank drained on a regular basis, any excess sediment can be removed before it causes any damage. Along with draining the tank, a plumber can also check the pressure relief valve and temperature control system to ensure everything is working properly.

Fix Leaky Faucets

7 Tips to Prep Your Home for the FallIf you want to keep your water bill as low as possible, inspect all the faucets in your home for leaks or other problems. By checking the faucets in your kitchen, bathroom, utility room, or other rooms you can be sure to catch any problems as early as possible. By doing so, you can call a plumber to have them stop by and make any necessary repairs.

Otherwise, those drips can lead to hundreds of gallons of water being wasted, resulting in much of your money also being wasted. Along with this benefit, you’ll also be able to avoid the possibility of having your home’s pipes burst in the dead of winter, which could lead to tremendous water damage as well as extremely high repair bills.

Inspect Your Roof

Because a home’s roof is well above eye-level, it’s often overlooked when it comes to routine maintenance. However, once cold weather arrives it’s usually not long before it starts leaking, which can lead to large amounts of damage as well as large repair bills. To make sure your roof is in good condition, have it checked for any loose shingles or other problems which could lead to leaks. Along with this, checking the flashing around the chimney as well as any skylights can also expose potential leaks or other problems.

If you find yourself in need of home maintenance help in the Eagle Mountain, UT area, please contact Connect All Plumbing, LLC at (800) 906-8347 today to schedule a service call.