Pennsylvania Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Orange peeling paint.

The arrival of fall means winter is right around the corner, I wanted to share some good home maintenance tips that I recently found online. Make sure to think about these things prior to the winter season, fall is the perfect weather to be outdoors! Below are five tips to keep your home in excellent condition this winter. For a free Pennsylvania Homeowners Insurance quote visit our website today, http://www.kimberleyvassal.com

  1. Caulk Windows: Be sure to caulk around windows and doorframes to prevent heat from escaping. “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc., Telford, PA, and National President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup,” he says.
  2. Check for Peeling Paint: Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. According to Carl Minchew, Director, Benjamin Moore Paints, “Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.”
  3. Inspect the Roof: Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. “Ice, rain, snow, and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs,” says Jay Butch, Director, Contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm.
  4. Clean the Gutters: After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  5. Ready the Fireplace: Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. Get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Gary Webster, Creative Director of Travis Industries, suggests that you examine your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket for a tight seal.

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