Changing leaves, football and pumpkins are some sure signs that summer has come and gone. The crisp air and rainy days have replaced the relentless sun. While the cool weather is part of what makes this season special, it can also cause water or mold damage to your home if you’re not prepared. Use ServiceMaster Restoration by Bailey’s seasonal home maintenance tips to prepare your property for the changing weather.
Prune back large branches from trees and other greenery. Wind can easily carry debris into windows or sliding glad doors, causing substantial damage.
Roll up hoses and store gardening tools like shovels and fertilizer in a shed away from the elements. Consider using faucet covers to protect your exterior faucets from freezing temperatures. Frozen pipes can cause irreparable damage.
It’s important to drain your lawnmower of gas. You can do this by mowing your lawn one last time or transferring it into a gas canister. If you leave gas sitting in your lawnmower for more than a few weeks, it can start to erode and clog the engine.
Your roof takes a lot of stress during the cooler months. Make sure it’s up for the job before storms become a regular occurrence. You can do this by inspecting your roof for damage. Look for missing shingles, cracks around your chimney or general wear and tear. Even small damage can allow rain to seep under your roof and cause mold damage.
Don’t forget about your gutters. Debris like leaves and twigs can clog your gutters and cause rain to overflow. Clean out this debris with a small shovel or old spatula. Also, make sure your downspouts are turned toward a path that allows rain to escape from your home.
Walk around your property to make sure all windows and doors shut securely. If you see any gaps, seal with weather stripping that you can find at your local home improvement store. Weatherstripping is often made of felt, foam or tension sealed.
Your fireplace should be cleaned at last once per year. Schedule a professional chimney cleaning to remove flammable soot. This is extremely important to protect your safety while using a wood-burning fireplace.
We hope these tips help prevent weather-related damage to your home or commercial property. If you experience fire or water damage, contact us at (844) 338-5447. ServiceMaster Restoration by Bailey is your local fire and water damage restoration expert in Des Moines and Ankeny, Iowa. We’re available any time day or night for emergency restoration services. Our team also provides pack-out and storage, construction cleanup and hard flooring care The sooner you call, the more damage we can prevent.