Your Guide to Fall Home Maintenance
As the leaves begin to change colour and fall around Barrhaven, it’s time to start thinking of the seasonal maintenance that your home may require. As the colder months approach, it’s important to ensure that your home is ready. Another summer has come and gone and now it’s time to prepare for winter!
Check and Clean Your Gutters
Fall is a great time to ensure that your eavestroughs are clear and ready to handle the impending snow and rain of the upcoming seasons. Over the summer months, wind may have swept debris from your roof down to the eavestroughs so it’s important to clean that out. The process is simple and literally all you need to do is scoop out the leaves and debris but if you are uncomfortable at heights, it may be best to hire someone to complete this job.
Check Your Trees
Once the leaves are on the ground, this is the perfect time of year to check your trees. Without the leaves to get in the way, you will be able to see whether or not they have sustained any damage in the summer thunderstorms. Look for cracks or broken branches hanging in the tree. It’s also a great time to give your trees a trim if they are touching your home. As is the case with eavestroughs, if you are not comfortable at heights or operating the tools necessary for the job, it is always best to hire a professional.
Take a Closer Look At Your Foundation
You will want to take a close look at the foundation around your home. If you notice any cracks or holes, it’s important to get them dealt with right away as they may result in water or rodent issues in the future. You will also want to check all the vents and connections made through the foundation of your home to ensure that they are well caulked and sealed.
Put Your Gardens to Bed
As another growing season comes to an end, you will want to clean up your gardens to have them ready to in spring. While you certainly can wait until spring to do this, fall is the easiest time of year to take care of it. Make sure remove annuals as they die and to cut back your perennials. If you take care of this now, there will be very little to do in the spring when it’s time to plant.
It’s time to put away the BBQ, water toys, and pool accessories and time to pull out the shovels and road salt! Make sure that all your summer items are stored in either your garage or shed to ensure that they don’t get broken over the colder months. Pull out those snow shovels, which we all hide out of sight for the summer months, to ensure that you are ready when the first load of the white stuff arrives.