Fall is just around the corner. However, before you have fun watching the colors of the leaves change or begin making plans for Thanksgiving, there are some important things you need to do. You need to prepare your home for the cooler weather and everything that comes with it. You should hire a handyman.
Listed below are some preventative maintenance tips that will help you prepare for fall and winter as well as prevent costly damage to your home. You can go the DIY route or hire the help of a handyman for your home maintenance needs this fall.
Handyman Tips For Fall
Insulate Your Water Heater
Check your home water heater. If it feels warm, you should wrap it with an insulation blanket that’s made of fibreglass. This type of insulation blanket can help you save energy, which in return will help to reduce your utility bills. You can find these insulators at your local hardware shop or home improvement store.
Protect Your Outdoor Faucets
One of the most common reasons behind a burst pipe indoors is a frozen faucet outside the house. If you have this problem, you can expect to face a messy and costly issue that will surely need the expertise of a professional handyman. Begin by getting rid of any hose to faucets. The next thing you need to do is to turn off the water supply and then drain all the water. In case you forget a faucet and you find icicles following a freeze, switch on a hair dryer and do the task mentioned above.
Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher
Be sure to store your fire extinguisher in a place where it can easily be seen and accessed. Inspect the pull pin and the tamper seal. In case any of the two is missing or broken, or if there are any noticeable sign of damage, you need to get a new one right away. It may also have the correct pressure so don’t forget to check the pressure gauge. Last but not the least, clean the hose and nozzle using a damp cloth to get rid of any debris that may prevent it from working correctly. You need to do this task every month.
Prevent Energy Leaks
Are you aware that one source of air leaks are your wall sockets? Before winter comes, you have to deal with the causes of heat loss and you can start by installing foam gaskets behind the wall sockets.
Clean The Gutters
Whenever the gutters are clogged, rainwater will be sent down your home’s exterior walls, which will lead to water damage to the masonry and siding. The water will then build up against the foundation and eventually leak into your home. The water that is in the gutters may even freeze. Once it does, it becomes heavier and its weight will then cause the gutters to separate from your home. When the leaves start to fall, you have to clear out your gutters and continue doing so throughout the entire season. You have the option to take care of this yourself or hire a handyman in Conway to help you out.
Call Handyman Conway if you need help preparing your home for fall.
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